Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
The Making Of The West Wing
Subscribe To Empire Today
Save money and get 12 issues for only £25
Go Think Big
Helping young people achieve their career dreams
Feature
The Secret Screen Life Of Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby writer onscreen

submit to reddit

“There are no second acts in American lives,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald - a man who’d clearly never seen From Dusk Till Dawn – and his screen life bears witness to that fact. A giant of American literature, his work hasn’t adorned the big screen with either the frequency or quality of peers like Ernest Hemingway or Henry James. But there’s more to the story. With Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby out this winter and Empire’s August issue debuting some dazzling pictures from the set, we’ve dug up a trove of Fitzgerald treasure to prime you for his latest moment in the Hollywood sun.

WORDS PHIL DE SEMLYEN
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
  1 of 11 Next
The Secret Screen Life Of Scott Fitzgerald  | The Great Gatsby (1949)
The Great Gatsby (1949)

The first adaption of Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby arrived only a year after publication – sadly Herbert Brenon’s silent 1926 version no longer exists – but the late ‘40s take is well worth tracking down (or watching on YouTube). The story’s gangster elements are more explicit here than in Fitzgerald’s novel, with Fitzgerald’s enigmatic Gatsby (Alan Ladd) a little less enigmatic but a lot more dangerous than the book’s shady millionaire. Still, Ladd is an inspired bit of casting, bringing Shane’s mystery and tonnes of charisma to the part.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
 
1 of 11
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

1 under rated
i have seen almost ALL of de niro performances for obvious reasons i avoid little fockers rocky bullwinkle and hide and seek but i love LAST TYCOON long long before jean dujardin won an oscar for a silent performance De Niro did a mesmerising scene where his character demonstrates ghow to act using Mime More

Posted by bill the butcher on Tuesday June 26, 2012, 03:41

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Empire Podcast #133: Robert Duvall, Anna Faris And James Marsden Interviews
Plus the team discuss the latest news on the upcoming DC and Marvel movies

Documentaries: What Happened Next
We track down and interview the stars of great non-fiction films

Movie Poster Mashups: Sean Bean Edition
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be appalled at the punning...

Your Introductory Guide To That DC Movie Slate
Suicide Squad? Cyborg? Aquaman? We explain who’s who in the DC Universe

Video Interviews: Megan Fox And Will Arnett Talk Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Plus the director and producers on the tone of their new turtle flick

Captain America 3, Iron Man And Civil War: Where Next For The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
What to make of today's Marvel news

Interactive Gallery: Explore Iconic Movie Spacesuits
Explore the fabric of space-time

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)