Wednesday, October 8, 2014

“The Great Gatsby” will play at the Newport Public Library

Robert Redford and Mia Farrow take us back to the excesses of the “Roaring Twenties” in Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The film will screen on Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s McEntee Meeting Room.

Redford stars as Jay Gatsby, who had a romance with Daisy (Mia Farrow) before World War I. She promised to wait for him, but instead married Tom Buchanan (Bruce Dern), a wealthy Long Islander who came from “old money.” Tom is an arrogant, hypocritical bully, who has no moral qualms about his affair with Myrtle Wilson (Karen Black).

After the war, Gatsby became a self-made millionaire through criminal dealings. Still in love with Daisy, he uses his vast fortune to buy his way into Long Island society, and throws lavish parties in an attempt to woo her back. Calmly observing the passing parade is Nick Carraway (Sam Waterston), Gatsby's best friend, who narrates the film.

Admission is free, and open to the public.

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