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The Great Gatsby: Special Film Screening Friday, July 17

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The Great Gatsby: Special Film Screening

  • Date: July 17, 2020
  • Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Price: $5.00
  • Rating: PG
  • Location: John & Nancy Hughes Theater
    400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, 60045
  • Resources: IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes

The Great Gatsby

Join Gorton Center and the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff History Center’s Special Exhibit
Twenty in the 20’s: A Century of Change


There will be an introduction/discussion led by Carol Summerfield, History Center Executive Director.  Carol will discuss the film as it relates to the 1920s, as well as some special connections to the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff area.

In a letter that F. Scott Fitzgerald sent to his daughter in 1940, the author famously wrote, “Once I thought that Lake Forest was the most glamorous place in the world. Maybe it was.”  The longing in that sentence is palpable. Not for the city as much as a big white mansion on South Ridge Road and the socialite who lived there more than a century ago. The influence that Ginevra King (member of an exclusive sorority in Lake Forest self-dubbed “The Big Four”) had on Fitzgerald’s work is well documented, most notably in the character of The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan. His time spent in Lake Forest and at that house (with its immaculate English gardens) shaped the writer he would become and many of the works he would contribute to the American literary canon. –Forest & Bluff Magazine

In this version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s elegiac novel, Robert Redford stars as self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby, who uses his fortune to buy his way into Long Island society. Most of all, Gatsby wants to win back the love of socialite Daisy Buchanan. The attempt is ultimately doomed to failure. -Rotten Tomatoes

STARRING:  Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern
DIRECTOR:  Jack Clayton
WRITERS:  F. Scott Fitzgerald (novel), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)
RUN TIME:  144min


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