Tuesday, May 7 2013, 06:46 PM MDT
DVD Review: The Great Gatsby - Midnight in Manhattan
Rated: Not Rated
Street Date: May 7, 2013
Available On: DVD
Synopsis: In 2000 for the 75th anniversary of The Great Gatsby the BBC produced this look back on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life featuring interviews with Fitzgerald’s granddaughter Eleanor Lanahan and writers Hunter S. Thompson, George Plimpton and Jay McInerney.
Extras: Private Affairs: A Dream of Living
Recommendation: Don’t see this release as simply another tie-in with the big-budgeted movie adaptation of Fitzgerald’s celebrated novel The Great Gatsby. Yes, the program was produced in 2000 but there’s very little here that wouldn’t be considered entirely relevant 13 years later (and what is no longer relevant is actually a fascinating prophecy that proved to be true). If you’re looking for a brief, but insightful, look into Fitzgerald’s life and the factor that influenced his work The Great Gatsby: Midnight in Manhattan is first rate.
To make the release even more essential the BBC have included play Private Affairs: A Dram of Living, a wonderful one-act play that focuses on Fitzgerald, his wife Zelda and their friendship with Ernest Hemingway. It not only makes a perfect companion to this documentary, but also offers works well with HBO’s acclaimed Hemingway & Gellhorn or even Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.
-Ryan Michael Painter