Baz Luhrmann on great adaptations

Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio star in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby (Daniel Smith/Warner Bros. Pictures)

Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio star in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby (Daniel Smith/Warner Bros. Pictures)

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Baz Luhrmann is known for his vibrant, highly stylized films like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge, reinterpreting classic stories for a modern audience.

The Great Gatsby is no different. It blends F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel about the failure of the American dream with a Jay Z-produced soundtrack, and sees the director reunite with leading man Leonardo DiCaprio.

Luhrmann joins guest host Kevin Sylvester to talk about his creative vision for the film. He defends his bold, "lurid-coloured" adaptation, pointing out that the character of Gatsby himself was an over-the-top, ostentatious man.

"Everything I did, right or wrong, came back to Fitzgerald," he says. "I took inspiration from the book, from what Fitzgerald wrote."

Compare some of Fitzgerald's most memorable quotes with scenes from the latest big-screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby below.

How faithful do you think film adaptations should be to the original book? Does it make a difference if the book is a 'classic'?

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