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Lois Chiles, The Great Gatsby (1974)

Lois Chiles, The Great Gatsby (1974)

This film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic romance/tragedy novel was directed by Jack Clayton and the screenplay was written by Francis Ford Coppola. The Jazz Era film about moral decadence, lavish lifestyles, and tragic love starred Robert Redford (b. August 8, 1936), Mia Farrow (b. February 9, 1946), Sam Waterston (b. November 15, 1940), Bruce Dern (b. June 4, 1936), Karen Black (July 1, 1939 - August 8, 2013), Lois Chiles (b. April 15, 1947), and Scott Wilson (b. March 29, 1942). "The Great Gatsby" won two Oscars and a Golden Globe award. Despite a big budget with gorgeous period sets and costumes and well-known stars, the film's portrayal of the characters lacked depth and did poorly in American box offices. Many critics savaged it.

Film synopsis, via IMDb:
Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.

Trivia about the film, via IMDb:
Robert Evans bought the rights to the novel in 1971 so his then-wife, Ali MacGraw, could play Daisy. A shooting script wasn't ready yet, so MacGraw agreed to star in "The Getaway" (1972). During production of The Getaway (1972) MacGraw fell in love with co-star Steve McQueen and left Evans for him. Mia Farrow was picked to play Daisy.
 
Many of the male extras in the party scenes were recruited from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, because military officers had the clean-cut hairstyles worn by 1920s men.
 
Robert Towne refused a chance to write the screenplay, despite a $175,000 salary, saying "I didn't want to be the unknown Hollywood screenwriter who fucked up a literary classic." Instead, he wrote "Chinatown" (1974), which earned him an Academy Award and established him as one of the greatest screenwriters of the period.
 
Mia Farrow was pregnant during filming. The director did a lot of close-up shots, and put her in a lot of flowing costumes.
 
Marlon Brando turned down the role of Jay Gatsby because producers would not submit to his salary demands. Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson also reportedly turned the role down too.
 
Truman Capote was the original screenwriter. In his draft, Nick was a homosexual and Jordan Baker a vindictive lesbian. When Capote was fired, Francis Ford Coppola finished his draft in three weeks.
 
Patsy Kensit who plays Mia Farrow's very young daughter, later portrayed Mia Farrow in "Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story" (1995) which included a re-enactment of the filming of this picture.


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