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Playing the Old Tunes: A Fiskean Analysis of Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 Cinematic Adaptation of The Great Gatsby

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Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has been adapted many times by different directors. However, the two prominent adaptations standing out throughout history are Jay Clayton’s 1974 adaptation as the most sincere rendering of the book, and the recently adapted movie by the Broadway director, Baz Luhrmann. The latter adaptation is important in that it has been accomplished in the age of technology, in 3D format, and at the time of the new readings, i.e. cultural or new historical readings, of the novel. This paper is an endeavor to analyze the movie through John Fiske’s theory on media studies. Also, an effort has been made to see whether in this new adaptation, the idea of the new studies of the novel have been shown by the director, or else the movie is a mere representation of struggle for money discussed by the traditional Marxist scholars, metaphorically playing the old tunes.


International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 71)
M. Khodamoradpour and A. Anushiravani, "Playing the Old Tunes: A Fiskean Analysis of Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 Cinematic Adaptation of The Great Gatsby", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 71, pp. 60-70, 2016
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July 2016

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