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The Secret Screen Life Of Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby writer onscreen

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“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.

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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.

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