On the eve of the high-profile release of The Great Gatsby remake, The New York Times recently discussed how retailers like Barnes & Noble and WalMart were having a classic New School vs. Old School debate on whether to feature the movie tie-in edition (below, left) or the original book cover art (right) for their shelves. (NYT)
Perhaps even design legend, Saul Bass, might’ve been inspired by Gatsby, too, when you look at his 1960s one-sheet for Bonjour Tristesse. And just in case you missed it (or are a loyal Bing fan), Mr. Bass was given the Internet’s highest honor yesterday with a Google Doodle tribute on the search engine king’s main page. (Guardian)
A fascinating story to come out of next week’s release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby…
Did you know that Francis Ford Coppola was hired to do a rewrite on the 1974 version of Gatsby (with Robert Redford) — right before The Godfather was released? Apparently Redford liked his work so much on The Way We Were (another uncredited polish — not Polish like the Flisak poster below on the left) — that FFC was brought in to save the day. Town & Country gives Coppola’s first-hand account of being holed up in a Paris hotel room, battling to capture the ghosts of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.