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John McG

Friday, December 14th at 10:00 a.m.

It Wasn't as Good as the Book:  The Great Gatsby and the Difficulties of Film Adaptations

It’s not unusual for book fans to be disappointed in the film adaptations of their favorites. But what is the dynamic really at work in transferring the story we see in our head onto the big screen? Looking specifically at the 1974 (Jack Clayton) and 2013 (Baz Luhrmann) adaptations of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby (1925), this talk explores both the minefield and the range of possibilities that lie before the screenwriter and director giving visual life to a book.

Monona Senior Center
1011 Nichols Road
Free and Open to the Public

John McGuigan is Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he offers courses in modernism, British literature, film, and writing. He has published on James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, E.E. Cummings, and the film adaptation of Mark Bowden’s Black Hawk Down. In addition to continuing work on James Joyce, he has a deep interest in the practice and craft of screenwriting