The Great Gatsby-father?

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.

Hmmm, sounds an awful lot like Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris! (THR)

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Classic Car Talk!

The new Gatsby poster adds some polish to the car movie poster.
But if you’re really serious about your automotive-inspired one-sheets, you’ll get plenty of mileage out of Paul Veysey’s Motorin’ Movie Posters book.(IMP)

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Greatness?

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is not your father’s Gatsby — or even your grandfather’s or grandmother’s, for that matter — as it looks quite a bit more theatrical than previous film adaptations.

Poster-Texting?

Looking for some elegant literary wall art? Welcome to PosterText, a Canadian publishing company that is creating minimalist posters for such lit/film classics as Moby Dick, The Great Gatsy, Hearts of Darkness, The Wizard of Oz, and more! (from QuirkBooks)

Nagel Meets Gatsby

Although the once-popular limited-edition prints of Patrick Nagel seem to be perpetually stuck in the 80’s, I can’t help but feel a soft spot for his memorable Pop Art style. Upon doing some research, it was disheartening to discover that Nagel died way too young at the age of 38 of a heart attack after appearing in a celebrity aerobics “aerobathon” for the American Heart Association. Wow, how fitting is that (considering his prints often featured jet black-haired women in sporty Flashdance tops and headbands)…

Famous for his Duran Duran Rio album cover, Nagel got his start in the 70s sketching Playboy babes (much like Alberto Vargas) — and doing commercial work, including this handsome Ballantine Scotch movie tie-in ad for The Great Gatsby, which is now up for auction at EMoviePoster. So whatever you think of Nagel’s work, it is undeniable that the man’s designs defined his time.

Polish Sausage

Ever since I read The Art of the Modern Movie Poster (Chronicle Books, 2009), I’ve been fascinated with European artists — especially Jerzy Flisak, an amazing Polish artist who died in 2008. Not much is known about his personal life, but his beautifully abstract work is unforgettable. Down below, check out his takes on the following movies: El Dorado, The Great Gatsby, Roman Holiday, Two For The Road, Young Frankenstein, and The Conversation.