A Class of His Own: The Films of Jack Clayton

The Great Gatsby

Robert Redford and Mia Farrow give star wattage to this adaptation of Fitzgerald’s classic.

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USA 1974
Dir Jack Clayton
With Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Sam Waterston
Certificate 12A

This prestige staging of F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920s classic captures, in luxurious detail, both the uproarious aristocratic decadence of the era and much of the emptiness underpinning it. In his take on the great American novel, Clayton brings a distinctive class perspective to the adaptation, working from a screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola.