Ever get that intense desire to just escape reality for a bit? I do and this week I needed to escape work after just having finished reporting writing and exam marking, escape the house after being trapped there working, cleaning and caring for the kids for days and escape my feeling of dismay and frustration by all things political in Australia this week. My escape was into the 1920s…. well what the 20s would have looked like if created by Baz Luhrmann. I went to see The Great Gatsby. I loved the book when I read it in 1998, I loved the movie, though my recollection of the book didn’t necessarily match what was on the screen. For me the movie was an explosion of art deco (something I’ve loved since traveling in New Zealand in 2001). It was pretty classic Baz, very similar especially in sound track (the only non-1920s feature) and cinematography to his others like Romeo and Juliette and Moulin Rouge. Here’s what I loved the most….
The jewellery, especially this headband……
This head scarf……
The fashion, this dress was spectacular, but there were a couple of others I couldn’t find shots of.
The furniture and interior design – I love this bedroom suit, particularly that piece at the foot of this bed and the rug.
Check out the floor in this one.
This fabulous tea set
And so much more that there are no still of as yet. The collection of 20s telephones is wonderful (look out for the gorgeous green on). And if you’re into cars then you’d be happy too, though I did hear the models used were slightly more modern than the year the film was set in.
The other highlight for me was the use of the actual text from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel which is so beautifully written. Having said that it was a little cheesy in parts.
I know there is division in reviews on this one and I’m not going to add any more to those, but for pure escapism and an art deco hit it was just what I needed.