Wichita Public Library presents
The Great Gatsby (1974)
FREE! Saturday, October 27th - 1:30 PM
The Big Read Matinee:
“The Great Gatsby”
The Great Gatsby is a 1974 romantic drama film distributed by Newdon Productions and Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Jack Clayton and produced by David Merrick, from a screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel of the same name.
The film stars Robert Redford in the title role of Jay Gatsby, Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Scott Wilson, and Lois Chiles with Howard Da Silva, Roberts Blossom, and Edward Herrmann.
The Big Read returns in fall 2012 to south-central Kansas with book discussions and special events in celebration of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” Wichita is one of the longest-running Big Reads and joins only 78 communities to host a Big Read in 2012-2013. Community partners from across the region make this effort possible.
Read, celebrate and discuss “The Great Gatsby,” one of the 100 books that the Library of Congress has identified as shaping America. The 1925 novel depicts the Jazz Age, a term coined by Fitzgerald himself. As actor Robert Redford explains, it’s “about the American dream, even if it has to be artificially composed by an individual who was a desperate man.”
Do you think “The Great Gatsby” has earned its place on numerous “best books” lists? What is the American dream, and has it changed? Discuss these and many other questions at numerous book discussions.