Tender Is The Night (1962)
The fact that Hollywood adaptations of Fitzgerald’s work are rare-as-unicorns might be down to the fact that the novelist’s world offers no happy ending. There’s no audience-friendly knight in shining armour to barrel down its neon boulevards and make everything alright, and while the glass is a champagne coupe, it’s still half empty.
That elegant sadness is only hinted at in Carousel director Henry King’s take on the author’s most autobiographical work, bearing out the reluctance of Fitzgerald’s daughter Scottie to sell her dad’s rights to Hollywood. David O. Selznick was one producer not put off by whispers of incest in the storyline of the damaged Nicole Driver (Jennifer Jones), a cipher for Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda. He was rewarded with an Oscar-winning song and some stunning Riviere locations but not much else.