Thursday, May 24, 2012

"The Great Gatsby": 1920s Times Square Misspelled

Screen shot from the "The Great Gatsby" movie trailer featuring Times
Square in the 1920s with an obvious misspelling. (photo: Warner Bros.)
Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre in 1936 featuring a Ziegfeld
Follies marquee. (photo: Getty Images)

New York City. Times Square. The 1920s. The trailer to the long-awaited screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" finally hit movie theaters. The visual style of director Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge") captures the the glamor and excess of the time and includes a shot of Times Square during the roaring Twenties.

But what set Twitter users mad and first reported in the U.K.'s Daily Mail aflame was the clear misspelling of the Broadway review Ziegfeld Follies. The shot of Times Square shows a billboard featuring "Zeigfeld Follies." One viewer wrote: "A budget of $127,000,000 and it seems no one was paid to check the spelling of "Ziegfeld Follies" in the Great Gatsby trailer. #whoopsadaisy."

With a scheduled December 2012 release, that should give the digital special effects crew an opportunity to correct the error.

The Zeigfeld Follies were a series of lavish Broadway productions. Like variety programs, the Follies were adapted into a 1936 film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. The Broadway productions were known for the lovely Ziegeld girls.

"The Great Gatsby," published in 1925, follows Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he moves to Long Island and becomes transfixed by the lavish lifestyle of his mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). The pair form an unlikely friendship which leads to Gatsby enlisting the help of Nick in winning back his old flame, Nick's cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan). The film also stars Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton.

The film was previously adapted for the big screen in 1974 starring Robert Redford (Gatsby), Mia Farrow (Daisy) and Sam Waterston (Nick). 2000 television adaptation featured Mira Sorvino (Daisy), Toby Stephens (Gatsby), Paul Rudd (Nick).

A party capturing the debauchery of the 1920s. (photo: Warner Bros.)
"The Great Gatsby" movie poster.


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