I'm a big fan of The Great Gatsby. Love the book, love the movie, love the time period, love it all. I haven't watched Redford and Farrow work their magic on the screen as Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan in some years. Because I saw the movie, at age 10, before I ever read the book, I've always pictured the characters in The Great Gatsby as the actors who played them.
Yesterday, Ty, Gwynnie and I watched the movie. Ty is a huge Fitzgerald fan. (Don't start up a conversation about the Lost Generation or you'll lose half the night. And please, don't even get her started on Zelda Fitzgerald! "She only got famous because of F. Scott.")
The movie stands the test of time in all areas but one. The music! Lots of little 70's TV show clarinet and oboe licks that seem just too fast for the scene. I would love for that movie to be re-scored. Maybe the star-filter when shooting CUs of Daisy were a little dated, but otherwise . . . it's still wonderful.
But then, a great story never fails no matter what decade it appears. I think it's my favorite book to movie adaptation. Maybe paired with Emma Thompson's version of Sense and Sensibility. What are your favorite adaptations?