Jay-Z Shines Through Music in ‘The Great Gatsby’

Lilly Workneh, The Grio, May 10, 2013

Director Baz Luhrmann took on the task of re-inventing F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby and delivered it to the big screen. But he also had a big assist from one of the film’s executive producers: Jay-Z.

Luhrmann’s modern take delivers a piece of the 1920s to an audience far removed from an era filled with flapper fashion and jazz melodies.

But through his clear direction in re-creating the roaring 20s, Luhrmann’s film brought a 21st-century feel due in large part to his collaboration with the rapper and the use of modern-day music.

“Jazz in 1922 was being referred to as an African-American fad,” Luhrmann told The New York Times. “Why would Fitzgerald put such ephemeral stuff, actual song lyrics, in his book? Because it made it immediate and visceral and exciting for the reader.  And when you think of an African-American street music today that’s hip-hop.”

The duo worked together to replace the jazz-saturated era with hip-hop, an attempt that Luhrmann says was made for moviegoers to better experience what it would have been like to attend the lavish, old-school parties.

In doing so, Luhrmann and Jay-Z designed a soundtrack booming with the work of contemporary artists like Kanye West, Beyonce and Andre 3000.

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At the movie’s press conference, Luhrmann described the challenge of capturing one of the film’s extravagant party takes.

With 20 minutes left before the crew wrapped up for the night, Luhrman says cameras rolled as party-goers pillow fought and paraded to jazz tunes around Gatsby’s mansion.

“We started with jazz music and only about a minute later, right in the middle of the jazz, I turned up very loudly a track called “N.I.P. (N****s in Paris),” which is a Jay-Z track which was mixed with jazz at the same time. And things took off,” Luhrman says.

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The result of Luhrmann and Jay-Z’s collaboration include scenes that boast the Grammy award-winning rapper’s songs, including some of his most popular singles like “Izzo” from his 2009 Blueprint album and his more recent release “No Church in the Wild” featuring Kanye West.

Jay-Z also included another one of his original pieces ,“$100 bill,” where the rapper draws references and similarities between himself and the great Jay Gatsby.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Beyoncé is also featured on the soundtrack and teams up with Andre 3000 to sing a reprise of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” a much mellower version that has drawn critique from many listeners, including Winehouse’s father.

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The soundtrack includes a variety of artists and songs with a broad range of vocals, lyrical content and beats–all the while, it helped transform classic old-school settings into modern-day extravaganzas.

Luhrmann, whose other directing film credits include Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, is known for his elaborate touch when re-telling classic stories through a modern lens.

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  • Why don’t they just remake this movie again with an all feline cast and call it
    “The Great….” Ahhh, nevermind.

    • Manaphy

      Either way, Fitzgerald is rolling over in his grave.

      • Homo_Occidentalis

        Fitzgerald was a bit of a subversive himself; there is no knowing how he would have taken this perversion of art. He includes a very thinly veiled reference to Lothrop Stoddard in his novel, with Stoddard’s works being propounded in a crass fashion by the most disagreeable character, the pompous Tom Buchanan. The subject is treated dismissively and with subtle mockery by the other characters, hinting at Fitzgerald’s own distaste for Stoddard’s ideas.

        • Inki Snowe

          Interesting comment. I just read an article elsewhere that asserted the opposite: that “Gatsby” is essentially a crypto-White-Nationalist novel, that Fitzgerald was reading Stoddard & Spengler while writing it, and that he had to frame Stoddard’s ideas the way he did in order to get the book published by the Jewish-owned publishing houses (with whom he had had trouble before).

      • NM156

        -and having 1, 2, 10 drinks to soothe the agitation.

      • StillModerated
    • nobody

      I like your style, sir.

    • Mr Potato

      Another movie for anyone with a half-a-brain to not bother to watch! Don’t spend one of your hard-earned cents going to see it, or renting it, or propping up the b/s that surrounds it..Don’t even give it the television ratings when it makes it to TV.
      You’re not missing out on anything; and, bonus! You are not contributing to the fortunes of any smug jerkoff involved in the making of this useless waste of resources. Leave that to some vacuum-head that’s desperate for entertainment.

      • I’m already boycotting anything with Jamie the racist Foxx in it.

  • ncpride

    My daughter’s English class just finished reading The Great Gatsby. Now, their teacher wants to take them on a field trip to see this newest version of the movie. She will NOT be attending.

    • Aspiring rapper

      Most of the cast is white; be thankful that Gatsby doesn’t run off with La’Snackquah.

      • Cheri Rodriguez

        No, that happens when they remake “Shaft” with an all-White cast.

      • saxonsun

        That’s what I thought–thank God the female lead is white.

  • sbuffalonative

    Let’s be honest here. This was done to attract African-Americans who wouldn’t go near this movie. This was all about the bottom line.

    Good news though. If jazz was an African-American fad, maybe there’s hope for rap.

    • There was supposedly a pretty decent version of Gatsby with Alan Ladd. Of course, it’s been tied up in litigation for sixty years and is unavailable.

      • The__Bobster

        There are several versions that you CAN watch.

      • David Brims

        Always liked Alan Ladd, saw it a couple of years ago, if I remember correctly, there was no rap jungle music in it. Someone has put the whole movie up on YouTube.

        • François

          Rap jungle music? Interesting. But personally, I think of it as prison music.

    • nobody

      Maybe there is hope we can erase it from the earth.

    • StillModerated

      The music would more likely have been Tin Pan Alley rather than jazz. But it’s the nature of the revolutionary Hollyweird producer to tear down traditions — simply because it gives them one more reason to be wrong.

    • François

      I wouldn’t count on that.

  • Luca

    Thank you for the report. One less movie we will be seeing and $20 more in my wallet.

  • MekongDelta69

    Yup…

    Nothing more accurately portrays a Roaring Twenties movie about flappers, etc. like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce and Andre 3000.

    And AmRen is secretly run by Sharpton, Jackson and Farrakhan.

    • Bossman

      The Roaring Twenties was also called the Jazz Age so why not update the movie a little bit with the same kind of music that came out of Jazz music?

      • sbuffalonative

        There was nothing creative in this decision.This was nothing more than an attempt to draw blacks in who would never read the book. They can try to spin it anyway they want but It was done to appeal to blacks.

        • TeutonicKnight67

          Blacks….read…book… BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Please make it stop!! my sides are hurting!!

      • NM156

        That would make sense, except that Hip Hop is not a descendant of Jazz and has absolutely nothing in common with any era of Jazz.

    • Luis

      You mean to tell me that Jared Taylor is actually Al Sharpton in whiteface (gasp!)?!

  • David Ashton

    If you listen to some “black” music lyrics you may wonder why there is a vowel missing at the end of the word “rap”.

    He who Hollywoods the past controls the future.

    • The__Bobster

      The media moguls are once again rewriting history.

    • eonic

      But, as in “pneumonia”, there is a silent letter in front, namely the letter “c”.

      • François

        Correct.

    • François

      Part of a plan to erase our history and accomplishments.

  • jay11

    They put hip hip (gangsta rap) into this film? I did not know that. It’s like a black god in Thor. It just doesn’t belong.

  • bigone4u

    Hollywood today has jungle fever, worshipping at the altar of all things black, including the pathologies. I prefer my blacks real, as in Amos n Andy and the old Tarzan movies. Thank god for the old movies on Youtube, where there are few or no blacks, and the ones present are portrayed realistically, not as a noble super race of achievers.

    • Bossman

      Yeah, I like to stream old movies these days. In those old movies, Blacks and Chinese people were always portrayed as waiters and bartenders. I sometimes get a good laugh out of that.

      • The__Bobster

        No, Chinamen did ruandlee and cooking, troll. Spoonies had servile jobs and were happy to have them.

        • StillModerated

          Spoonies made pretty good clowns with all that bulging eye stuff. And they were railway conductors — called George.

      • sbuffalonative

        Since neither blacks or Chinese invented moving pictures, they could count themselves lucky to be asked to participate.

        And I agree, they’re good for a laugh.

      • David Brims

        And shoe shine boys.

    • Not only Hollywood, the ad agencies are making most all TV ads with blacks, I get so sick of them I could scream

      • NM156

        Most hilarious is the ads with Black families, generally for cars, breakfast cereals, and insurance. In 44 years of existence, all of which has been in Chicago, I have yet to meet an intact Black family.

        • François

          Don’t forget the ads with Black physicians and pharmacists. They exist, yes, but the are way overrepresented.

  • Luca

    This is a great idea. Let’s do a remake of “The Ten Commandments” with a Bob Marley Rastafarian soundtrack and don’t forget the steel drums in the background.. Now wouldn’t that be rich, hip and vibrant?

    The propaganda ministers in Hollywood can get away with anything. Tell me again…what’s that theory about who runs Hollywood?

    • The__Bobster

      http://articles.latimes.com/2008/dec/19/opinion/oe-stein19

      Who runs Hollywood? C’mon
      December 19, 2008 | JOEL STEIN

      I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe “the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews,” down from nearly 50% in 1964. The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood.

      How deeply Jewish is Hollywood? When the studio chiefs took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times a few weeks ago to demand that the Screen Actors Guild settle its contract, the open letter was signed by: News Corp. President Peter Chernin (Jewish), Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey (Jewish), Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger (Jewish), Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton (surprise, Dutch Jew), Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer (Jewish), CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves (so Jewish his great uncle was the first prime minister of Israel), MGM Chairman Harry Sloan (Jewish) and NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker (mega-Jewish). If either of the Weinstein brothers had signed, this group would have not only the power to shut down all film production but to form a minyan with enough Fiji water on hand to fill a mikvah.

    • blight14

      The sons and daughters of Marx…………….just don’t mention that pesky little fact………..

  • Stach24

    This is just another example of white people being afraid and ashamed of being white people.

    • The__Bobster

      Far too many White people went out and viewed this monstrosity. They should’ve demanded their money back.

      • bigone4u

        Rex Reed gave it a bad review. Too bad no one listened. But without reading any reviews I just knew that Hollywood would get blacks into the 1920s in some heroic capacity. They are so predictable.

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    After perusing the rap-centric soundtrack on iTunes, I can safely affirm that I will avoid this one at all costs. The version with Robert Redford was one of the movies that kindled my love affair with Jazz music after hearing the “Charleston” for the first time. Jazz is one of the few art-forms for which I commend the negro race, and is a testament to their ability to produce high-culture when nurtured appropriately and pressured to conform. Rap is materialistic and baser to its very foundation, and the product of the “uninhibited” Negro.

    • The__Bobster

      cRap is bad poetry set to a computer drum beat. It requires no talent at all, which is why so many Bantu criminals are “aspiring cRappers”.

      • François

        Rap is pretty much like barfing: everybody can do it, and even if some people can supposedly do it “better”, do we really care?

    • François

      Modern jazz, like jazz rock fusion and such, saw many White musicians make contributions to it. Think Jaco Pastorius and Weather Report; Uzeb, with Alain Caron and Michel Cusson.

    • drdeeselixir

      I’m from the UK & I’m a bit late getting in on this one but I have a ‘History of Jazz-type book – there are probably dozen or even hundreds of other books which claim to be the authoritative History on the founding of jazz – around the house somewhere which I’m going to seek out again. Published in the pre-PC era of the 1950s, I’ve only read a part of it some years ago, but the author definitely states that jazz was created in New Orleans (no surprise there) but also that very influential in its founding were the mulatto/mixed-race musicians who were classically-trained in the music conservatories of France. No surprise there that jazz had various different cultural influences, given that the US was a predominately White society but with with other small amounts of minority groups amongst the population.

      This is quite a divergence from the usual Establishment ‘jazz was created by Blacks & anyone who says different is nothing but a racist’. My point is that there is a huge difference between musicians who are 50% or so White & have a connection & a genetic aptitude for improvising & adapting White classical music which, mixed with other influences including African, eventually became jazz – and that of musicians who were 100% Black. For jazz to be 100% Black-created then it’s creators would also have to be 100% Black, but this is patently not the case. I have much more research to do on the ‘History of Jazz’ but I certainly won’t be intimidated by the media brainwashers & their willing stooges who seek to stifle all debate on this subject like they do on everything else.

  • The__Bobster

    I was shocked when I first saw an ad for this abomination and heard cRap noise. This is even worse than a spoonie secret service agent in the Old West.

    Do the usual suspects think that their audience is that stupid?

    • I hear that a version of “Heart of Darkness” is in the works with Will Smith in the Kurtz role. It’s going to be a sequel to “Django Unchained,” sort of, with Smith using “unsound methods” to eradicate the KKK in the Heart of Darkness, AKA the post civil war south. Leo DiCaprio is the agent sent to hunt him down and eradicate the threat to the usurpation of the carpetbagger rule over Dixie. Unfortunately, DiCaprio joins forces with Smith instead of killing him. It will be interesting.

      • gemjunior

        Disgusting.

      • Aspiring rapper

        Why don’t blacks write their own stories and stop hanging on white coattails. Pathetic.

        • Sorry, I was being sarcastic. I have a very dry sense of humor, I apologize.

          • Mr Potato

            I suspected that you may have indeed been sarcastic CT, but these days? You should suggest that remake to a Hollywood mogul. Is Schlomo Goldstein still in business? You might get 01.01%

          • Aspiring rapper

            I know, I was just ranting about one of my pet peeves: Diversatoids remaking white stories, while later complaining about “cultural appropriation” if a white person sings a black song or something meaningless.

            They’re constantly inserting black characters into European stories, even if it’s totally absurd. Remember the black Guinevere in the latest “King Arthur” series?! And who can forget Morgan Freeman inserted into “Robin Hood” as the wise black muslim? Ugh.

            I went to a production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with two blacks in the cast (in Victorian England). I should have “boo’d”.

          • They were called “blackamoors” in Queen Elizabeth’s time, if I remember correctly from my graduate seminar on Queen Elizabeth. There were probably one tenth the number of blacks in england at that time as jews, and there were literally about two hundred jews in England during the reign of Elizabeth the first. Not a good place for jews.

            I understand where you are coming from. I had to read, as a Ph.D. candidate in English Lit (didn’t make it, negro prof gave me a nervous breakdown) a hell of a lot of Toni Morrison. I will concede that she is a brilliant writer in some ways–she mimics Faulkner, but she does it well–and the three novels that I read were good. Toni Morrison wrote a bunch of novels for black people.

            Problem is, blacks don’t read, and whites are stuck with reading it. I can understand why blacks don’t want to read Conrad–“who dat kurtz, he white an all an who be telling the story an all”–but I don’t give a rat’s about Morrison’s characters at all, either. I don’t want to read about her people. Her people don’t want to read about her people. Well, maybe they would want to read about her people if they could read.

            I did think that Morrison was very honest for a negro with “The Bluest Eye,” which was about a black man raping his daughter. She did blame yt for it, though.

          • Luis

            A few years ago, Fox had a (mercifully) short-lived series called ‘Roar”, set in medieval Ireland. There were some Bantus in THAT cast.

            Bantus in ancient Ireland? They might as well have leprechauns in Mongolia.

    • Do the usual suspects think that their audience is that stupid?

      Actually they know their audience is that stupid.

      I read an article about Steve Jobs few weeks back that stated he hated his customers, thought they were stupid, and needed to be told what to buy.

      • Mr Potato

        Absolutely! Their audience is so g-d stoopid that they are still buying into this ‘never-ending negro love-fest’ that I thought would have died out by now.

        Looking at your post below RJP, I predict that the next re-make of The Great Gatsby in say, ten years time, will feature Justin Bieber, and the latest print edition will have him on the cover to encourage minorities to read…again.
        And their vacuum-headed white peers.

  • Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce and Andre 3000. ….a track called “N.I.P. (N****s in Paris).
    ….Jay-Z also included another one of his original pieces ,“$100 bill,” where the rapper draws references and similarities between himself and the great Jay Gatsby.

    F. Scott Fitgerald must be rolling in his grave with the destruction of his classic.

    In other news, the book is a top seller at Amazon ….. because an edition was put out with Leonardo DiCaprio on the cover. People can’t be bothered to read until the book has Leonardo DiCaprio on the cover …. pathetic.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/26/business/media/new-great-gatsby-book-carries-a-hollywood-look.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    And they are buying the paper edition so people can see them reading it.

  • gemjunior

    Why isn’t the cast African-American? I feel that it’s racist – we all know that blacks built America and probably had a lot to do with the original book. F. Scott Fitzgerald probably plagiarized it from a black man, or stole the manuscript like they stole so much of their culture. LOL I am of course imagining what the knee grows themselves say…
    Actually I always hated that book and never understood why it’s a classic. And it’s funny, I’ve always hated jazz too. I can’t even call rap a form of music.

    • Katherine McChesney

      I hate jazz too. Gutter music. And rap and hip hop. Sewer music.

      • bigone4u

        Same here. The music composed by gentle white people around the early 1900s may be quaint and outdated to some, but I appreciate it. Remember the barbershop quartets? White culture now totally extinct.

      • NM156

        Jazz is one of the few great things that Blacks have contributed to America’s culture and the World’s.

        • NM156

          Oops, I forgot peanut butter too.

      • Sherman_McCoy

        Though I am not an expert on the subject, I’ve always thought of jazz in terms of improvisation. Playing around with any melody to make it more interesting and unexpected and using well known rules of chord substitution are basic tools of jazz, and are not usually even recognized as such. When the musician strays very far from the original, becoming dissonant and impossible to recognize is when jazz (for me) becomes unpleasant to listen to. Compare, if you will, Dave Gruisin’s delightful pianistic offerings to the improvisations from jazzers like Davis, Hancock, etc. “Mountain Dance” is an album I’d want if I were stranded on a desert island. “Bitch’s Brew” I’d use for starting a fire. (With apologies to the real jazzers out there. We all have our own tastes).

        But you are too complimentary when you list rap and hip hop as “scum music.” They are most certainly not music, but the spewing of inferior minds over the soundtrack of a drum machine.

        • convairXF92

          Note that there exist other types of improvisatory music, which don’t carry a Negro esthetic. Hungarian folk music (Magyar as well as gypsy). Bulgarian “wedding music” (now, that’s a type of music, not just anything played at a wedding): listen on YouTube and try to track the key modulations! Plus, lots of things played on the oud and santour (and all related instruments: saz, bouzouki, baglama, etc.) from Greece east to western China.

          Improvisation is also included in modern composition, even for symphony orchestra! For instance, one can write in the score that the percussion team do its own thing, subject to some constraints on instrumentation and rhythmic groove. The drumset parts for musical theatre are often of this type. Also, cadenzas in concerti were often left to the discretion of the soloist: the composer would write one or two “example” cadenzas, and the soloist could choose among using one of those, composing his own, or improvising his own on the spot. The “jazz strategy” as you described–building on a melody subject to chord-progression constraints, in real time–doesn’t have to use the same chord-change rules as blues or jazz, and is appearing more and more in the classical-orchestra context.

        • This is the only sort of jazz that I will listen to:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH8vjxFIUC4

          • François

            Yes! Les Paul and his iconic electric guitar, named after him. Love it.

        • François

          Rap producers don’t even use drum machines, these days. It’s often all done on one computer, with software emulating real, “harware” instruments. That’s one of the reasons why contemporary popular music sounds like s***. It’s become virtual instruments recorded on virtual tracks, using one computer, with digitally processed vocals using what is called “auto-tuning” (for so-called singers who at least pretend, to be able to sing).

          It all sounds very artificial and dynamically compressed. And the beats are pretty much all the same, from one song to another, and even one “artist” to another.

          I hate it!

    • F. Scott Fitzgerald probably plagiarized it from a black man, or stole the manuscript like they stole so much of their culture.

      Actually, you are probably correct on that score. Not many people know this, but George Washington Carver was kidnapped shortly after inventing peanut butter by Thomas Edison, who replaced him with one of his janitors. This is why no written proof of Carver’s inventions exist. Edison kept Carver locked in a basement and forced him to crank out inventions for decades. On occasion, Edison would “rent” Carver out for exorbitant rates. Faulkner went broke renting Carver for “The Sound and the Fury,” which is why his plantation foundered and he became a drunk. Fitzgerald had a better agent, and actually made money off of his transaction for Gatsby. Both Faulkner and Fitzgerald simply aped Carver’s style in their subsequent works. You have hit the nail right on the head, sir.

      • gemjunior

        You are an amazing historian, and I am thankful that you’ve exposed these evil white men, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Thomas Edison. I must confess I’m not surprised. After all, we know from Brother Farrakhan that white people were created in a lab by a black scientist named Yakub centuries ago.

        • François

          Milleniae ago.

  • Spencer E

    I saw the movie and loved it but the flow of the movie was always interrupted by random shots of blacks and that excrement they called rap.

    • Henry

      You saw the movie? I admire your stamina, and your cast-iron stomach.

  • Jefferson

    Jay-Z’s music is featured in the soundtrack of a lot of Hollywood films, even ones with a predominantly White cast like the films “The Hangover Part 2” and “Gangster Squad”.

    Jay-Z is currently Hollywood’s favorite go to Bantu music artist for move soundtracks.

    • Good lord, and I thought Jimmy Page was slumming when he did the sountracks for the “Death Wish” films.

  • Robert Binion

    The cornet of Bix Beiderbecke would be perfect here. Taking sound directly from an old disc would be splendid. Great drama should stimulate the finer emotions and no electric instrument can do that as well as an acoustic.

    • Eagle_Eyed

      Exactly. Whites like Beiderbecke were also a large part of the jazz age.

  • I don’t even like viking movies with heavy metal soundtracks, so I sure as hell am not going to like a movie set in the 1920s scored to ape rape “music.” There’s nothing exotic or edgy about rap. It’s a dying form of crappy pop that’s been around for 30+ years and is largely performed by pathetic whites rather than blacks.

    • NM156

      The vast majority of rappers are Black. The theme music to History Channels “Vikings”, though not metal, has Nordic metal vocalizations, which fit the subject well.

    • Mr Potato

      Mmmm, don’t mean to be rude or anything EL, but ‘Shake That Thing’? Sounds like something that some dumb ______ would say. I would much rather hear the off-kilter rock and pop that I like from my favourite White performers from back when I was a youngster. And I ain’t no baby-boomer.

  • David Brims

    Rap music is poetry for retards, by putting rap ‘music’ on the score, the movie will become dated very quickly. Australian director Bazz Luhrmann did the same with Moulin Rouge, it was like a 1990s pop video, garbage.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      “Poetry for retards.”

      Excellent! May I use that?

  • David Brims

    Why do blacks take on these preposterous names ? like Jay Z, his real name is Shawn Corey Knowles Carter.

    • François

      How about 50 Cent? Or Ice Cube?

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The Great Gatsby is one of THE most over-rated novels in history, certainly NOT The Great American Novel (I like The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn for that distinction).

    Knew the movie was going to be worthless after hearing a few notes of the musical score. Not wasting time or money on this garbage. I was tortured enough in high school by being forced to read The Great Gatsby. BORING…

    As for Jay-Z:

    Bon

    • Robert Binion

      You, too? They all stand in Twain’s shadow except for Faulkner. I can think of a half dozen women from the South better than Fitz–Eudora Welty and Caroline Gordon, what craftsmen they were. (For a musical score, try the “Sabrina” remake, just wonderful.)

      • Jane Johnson

        I find myself rereading Faulkner more and more these days. Even the almost incomprehensible stream of consciousness stuff in The Sound and the Fury is superior to anything by Fitzgerald.

        • The most amazing thing about Faulkner is that, when you get to the end of one of his “great” novels, you just shudder. When, at the end of “Absalom, Absalom,” you realize that the dad didn’t care so much about incest as he did about miscegenation, it sort of makes you…well, shudder. Even his weaker novels have strength.

          • Jane Johnson

            I agree, the miscegenation is ubiquitous in his novels, and not even confined to humans: the fox and the hounds even get into the act. Interesting how he makes a point of letting us know how useless the hybrids are by having the father scorn them, while the son defends them. Remind you of anything? Sartoris was the first of his books that i read, and I was hooked!

      • “Gatsby” is considered one of the “great american novels” for many reasons. It is concise. It doesn’t wander, like “Moby Dick” or “Huck Finn.” Yes, “Huck Finn” is a greater masterpiece, as is “Moby Dick.” Yet “Gatsby” simply tells the story, with no additional fireworks, and gets the job done. If you can’t spare a tear for Gatsby, you have no soul, in my opinion.

        If you want to talk Southern female writers, you left out Flannery O’Conner. Why? She was the master of the Southern Gothic.

    • Eagle_Eyed

      If you get beyond the author’s pretentiousness, Gatsby is a decent read. It’s Americana, love it or hate it, so what was done to this most recent film version is tragic.

    • NM156

      I haven’t seen a Gatsby trailer using any of the Hip Hop soundtrack. A cover of a U2 song has been used instead.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        In California, bits of hip hop and rap are being used in the Gatsby trailer.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Another instance supporting my decision not to waste any money on Hollyweird.

  • BernieGoetzFan

    I liked the book and was planning on seeing the movie – until I saw who was on the soundtrack. Blacks don’t put white music in their movies. Why do whites feel the need to force them into our movies?

  • newscomments70

    “The Great Gatsby” was something you would read in middle school English class. They use this book to teach children about writing styles and symbolism. It wasn’t bad. In our school, the teacher had us watch the 1974 film as well, with lefty Robert Redford. The movie wasn’t bad; it was mildly entertaining. It was something you would watch to kill time.

    In the new film, the flamboyant, white, liberal, gay director made everything outrageous and ridiculous. I can envision millions of white liberals in Hollywood salivating over the film. Race traitor, Leonardo DiCaprio from Django, was cast as Jay Gatsby. The score was anti-white gangsta-rap, something that had NOTHING to do with the 20s. The film seemed appealing to out-of-touch, white liberals, who kiss up to blacks. I cannot imagine one black or hispanic person buying a ticket to this drivel. Middle America will find this movie appalling and offensive. I’ve read comments on mainstream sights to prove my statement. “The Great Gatsby” could have been a beautiful movie, if directed and cast properly. Liberal Hollywood ruined a classic with forced diversity and modern filth. Liberal Hollywood seems to be good at that.

    • I don’t understand why gay white liberals pander to blacks. Blacks HATE them.
      .
      Hate them except in the middle of the night, when they need some down-low lovin’.

    • WhiteKnight

      Homosexuals hate white Christian heterosexual males. Homosexuals have brainwashed many white men and women into accepting the homosexual lifestyle. I see more whites passionate about homosexual marriage than I do about preserving our race. The White Nationalist movement must purge all support of homosexuality.

  • bubo

    I liked his Romeo and Juliet move, Moulin Rouge was an abomination on every level though. I made it through 10 minutes of it. I watched the original John Huston film starring Jose Ferrer soon after. A much superior film on every level.

  • Henry

    Another indication, if one were needed, about how completely devoid of cinematic sense these modern movie makers are. It’s been going steadily South since at least the early 1970s.

  • mikalalala

    the silly JZ music took away from the movie and the feel for the era. Loved the costumes and scenery and the acting was good. But JZ had no place in this movie.