The Great Gatsby to Open Cannes Film Festival
Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s latest film, The Great Gatsby, will open the 66th Festival de Cannes in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2013.
For trailers, photographs, and more, see the Warner Bros. official site, The Great Gatsby.
During the summer of 2011, Luhrmann and several members of his production team made a research visit to the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections to view Fitzgerald’s heavily corrected autograph manuscript and galleys of The Great Gatsby, as well as related material in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers and other collections in the Manuscripts Division. The British actress Carey Mulligan, who plays Daisy Buchanan in the movie, also visited to view portions of the Fitzgerald Papers and in particular to meet with Don C. Skemer, Curator of Manuscripts, to discuss Fitzgerald’s relationship with Ginevra King, who served as a model for Daisy, Jay Gatsby’s lost love.
For more about the visit, including comments from Luhrmann and Mulligan, see “A Gatsby Visit.”
For more on the relationship between Fitzgerald and King, see the Princeton Alumni Weekly November 5, 2003 cover story, “Fitzgerald’s First Love: Before Scott Married Zelda” by Merrell Noden, ’78.
Also see, The Perfect Hour: The Romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King, His First Love (Random House, 2005) by James L. W. West, III.