The Greatest Gatsby of Them All

December 2, 2014 11:38 PM

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Given that most of us are familiar only with the 1974 (featuring Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby and Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan) and 2013 (with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, respectively) versions of "The Great Gatsby, it's a surprise to learn that, going all the way back to the silent era, there have been five (5) renderings of F. Scott Fitzgerald's celebrated novel, including a 2000 made-for-TV version, with the excellent but woefully miscast Mira Sorvino as Daisy.

The Gatsby "industry" began in 1926, a mere one year after the book was published, indicating that even back then, Hollywood was already eager to harvest the literary market (even though, in truth, Fitzgerald's novel wasn't initially a big seller). Indeed, the epic "Gone With the Wind" was released ...

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