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They're all so beautiful. Why don't I have 3 heads?

Friday, June 14, 2013


Yesterday, we finally went to see The Great Gatsby in theaters. It's been ages since our last date night and although I'm usually very flexible with our date plans, I told Pj that we must go see it before it's not in theaters anymore. I've been a fan of Baz Luhrmann since I first saw Romeo and Juliet when I was a pre-teen.


 For our date, I wore my new dress, a gift fromDaffny. I love nylon dresses in the summer. They're so light and comfortable and are great for a grab and go type of dress. They hardly ever wrinkle! I had a hell of a time choosing a hat for our outing. This dress has so many pretty colors in it that I tried a few and found myself quoting Amadeus. "Why don't I have 3 heads?!" (a great movie, by the way, do see it if you haven't already! The costumes are fab!!) I finally settled on my hot pink turban, which was something I bought truly believing that I'd never find a dress to match it.


The Great Gatsby was absolutely divine, in my opinion. I know it received some less than stellar reviews, particularly in the vintage community where people were shocked by the modern music, brash, tacky colors and not at all period costuming. But seriously- it's not a walk through a history museum and it wasn't meant to be!

 The Great Gatsby is an artist's interpretation of an almost 100 year old story. As I watched it, particularly the scenes with Myrtle and the loud, sweaty speakeasy, I thought that if he did this all as period correct as possible, I don't think it would have really shown the modern world what the 20's was like. This film wasn't made for people who love the era. It was made to tell a beautifully sad story and to show to a modern world (where a celeb's lady bits peeking out of her skirt is hardly newsworthy) how the jazz and booze and wild women of the 20s was truly a shock to people of the time. Not everyone who lived in the 1920s was a boozing, short skirt wearing crazy flapper. My great grandma was a young girl during the era and she had nothing positive to say about those kind of girls.

To the modern world,1920s jazz is charming and old fashioned but the modern music in the film surrounding by dancing scantily clad women was as jarring to us as jazz was to many of them.


Myrtle's horrid outfit in her first appearance wasn't typically 1920s at all but it made us all shudder, just as someone in the 20s would have if she appeared as a historically accurate floozy. 


Much like his version of Romeo and Juliet, I hope this film has young people reading and enjoying the classic novel.

So anyway, end rant there. If you've never seen another Baz Luhrmann film, do check them out if you're a fool for a good love story like myself.  His others include Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet, Australia and Moulin Rouge.

 Pj had never read the book or seen any other versions of the film and when the credits started rolling, no one in the theater made a peep. I was all teary eyed and Pj sat there like he didn't know what hit him. He said "Why didn't you tell me?!"  I said "Sorry, Sweetie! I didn't want to ruin the ending!!"

 


9 Responses to “They're all so beautiful. Why don't I have 3 heads?”

  1. Hi Brittany,
    I love the blue hat. o yes I remember the scene from the film of Mozart

    I hope that things are back to normal, after the bad tornado.
    Debora

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  2. I too really liked this movie! I love a lot of his other films so I think I was definitely prepared for his style in this film. I thought the film really captured the crazy party aspect of the 20s.

    Love that you went with the pink hat!

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  3. Fabulous hat choice - the pink gets my top vote, but they really are all equally becoming and beautifully suited to this great gift (what a fabulous present!). Alas, Gatsby is already gone from the theater here (we only have one in our town), and I hadn't recouped enough after my recent surgery in time, so I'll just have to wait until it comes out on DVD. Tony saw it and loved it so much, he went back a second time (with my parents). He's smitten with it and says it's one of his top five favourite movies of all-time (which just makes me want to see it all the more).

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* I really, really like the new header tabs on the top of your site.

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    1. Oh how awful that you had to miss it!! Yes, you must get it when it comes out on dvd! I think you will love it. Pj really loved it too. I hope he reads the book! Thank you about the tabs! I just added them yesterday and I like them a lot!! :)

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  4. I have never seen another adaptation of TGG, so I'll be going in with an open mind on the cinematography. Most of the costumes, hair, slang seem pretty cool. I can't say I'm a DiCaprio fan, but I have seen some of his work and think he's well established enough as an actor to work with the role of Jay Gatsby.

    However, I heard that there is modern music...that just irks me. I am a nit-piker when it comes to historical accuracy in film/book so when people throw in modern elements I end up disappointed.

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    1. Like I said, if you're looking for something historically accurate in the film, you won't like it at all! It's not all modern music. There are a lot of scenes with period music or period mixed with modern, which I like very much!

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  5. YES! I knew it would be good! I can't count on you to judge a film like this. Whoot! Def seeing it now-I think I will next weekend when the babies are at papa's house! I love his films so I had a feeling I would like this too. I want to see this on the big screen also. And you look so pretty in your new dress! I love those colors on you!!! Yeah!! xox

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  6. Yes I'm so glad to finally read a good review from a vintage blogger! You hit the nail on the head with the mixing of modern elements - Baz really needed something to show how shocking jazz was and to many people hiphop/rap still has that sense of danger. He's made no claims to historical accuracy and seriously, he made Romeo and Juliet! mixing and mashing the modern and the old is very much his thing and it works so well. If people could only open their minds to that.... It drives me batty to see how many vintage bloggers can't get past their own preconceived notions of what it should be.

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  7. You're so lovely!
    This dress is adorable
    I didn't see Gatsby... not yet. I am so late!

    Nella

    Nella

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