Fitzgerald, who completed four novels and wrote one incomplete novel in his 44 years, wrote "The Great Gatsby" in 1925, and the novel was adapted to film in black and white one year later. Following the first cinema adaptation, which is lost today, Elliot Nugent shot the second film in 1949 with actors Alan Ladd, Betty Field and Shelley Winters. Almost 40 years later, in 1974, British director Jack Clayton adapted the novel for the third time with Hollywood stars Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern and Sam Waterson in the leading roles. However, a TV film based on the novel, which was shot in 2000, did not cause a stir among cinema lovers. Thanks to director Baz Luhrmann, however, "The Great Gatsby" blew like the wind last year. It was inevitable to adapt the novel to live stage performance, both as a musical and ballet. Unfortunately, though, we are not in possession of the chronology of the novel's stage adaptations. The play, which was staged at the New York Public Theater in 2010 is quite different from the others. The battle adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," on the other hand, is still staged in London by the Northern Ballet company.
Contributed by İdil Demirel and Ceren Arseven
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