The Great Gatsby (2013)

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German title The Great Gatsby
Original title The Great Gatsby
Country of production USA , Australia
original language English
Publishing year 2013
length 142 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
JMK 10
Director Baz Luhrmann
script Baz Luhrmann
Craig Pearce
production Baz Luhrmann
Douglas Wick
Lucy Fisher
Catherine Martin
Catherine Knapman
music Craig Armstrong
camera Simon Duggan
cut Matt Villa
Jason Ballantine
Jonathan Redmond
From left to right: Joel Edgerton and director Baz Luhrmann , Elizabeth Debicki , Carey Mulligan , Tobey Maguire and scene and costume designer Catherine Martin

The Great Gatsby (Original title: The Great Gatsby ) is an American drama that was released in 2013 . The 3-D literary adaptation of Francis Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel The Great Gatsby, which has been filmed several times , premiered on May 1, 2013 in New York City, was released on May 10, and was released on May 15 66th Cannes International Film Festival opens. The director was the Australian Baz Luhrmann , and Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio starred alongside numerous other stars such as Tobey Maguire , Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton .


Nick Carraway is being treated in a sanatorium for his alcohol addiction and depression. He keeps talking about a man named Gatsby. He has difficulty in articulating his thoughts correctly. For this reason, the doctor asks him to write down his thoughts, because the writing should bring him relief. This beginning does not come from the original novel and serves as a framework to introduce the narrator.

The mysterious millionaire and bon vivant Jay Gatsby lives in a grandiose mansion on Long Island . His neighbor, budding writer Nick Carraway, who works on Wall Street , came to New York City from the Midwest in 1922 in search of the American dream and is fascinated by the bizarre bachelor's lavish parties and decadent hobbies. At one of these parties, Nick meets Gatsby personally and is asked by him to reunite him with Daisy Buchanan, a cousin of Nick who had a love affair with Gatsby five years earlier. Daisy is already married to the wealthy Tom Buchanan. However, she begins a relationship with Gatsby.

When Daisy, urged by Gatsby, wants to tell Tom that she will break up with him, Tom provokes Gatsby so much that he gets angry. Daisy then begins to doubt whether she really wants to leave her husband for Gatsby. Tom had previously arranged an afternoon together in a city hotel. Tom sends Daisy and Gatsby ahead by car; he himself drives behind in his own car with Nick and Jordan, who are also invited. On the way back from the hotel, Daisy, who was behind the wheel, accidentally runs over Myrtle Wilson, her husband's lover. After a witness saw Wilson being run over by a yellow car, Gatsby is found guilty and therefore shot by Wilson's husband.

The only one who appears at Gatsby's funeral is Nick, while Daisy prefers to travel with husband Tom and their daughter.


Baz Luhrmann ended his five-year absence from the big screen with The Great Gatsby . Filming began in Sydney in September 2011 . Luhrmann's version of the great Gatsby has to be measured not only by the novel , but also by the film adaptation from 1974, which has long since become classic . At that time Robert Redford played the main role , the costumes were designed by Ralph Lauren .

Production costs were estimated at 125 million US dollars .

Movie set

The Beacon Towers mansion on Long Island, which many experts see as Fitzgerald's source of inspiration for Jay Gatsby's mansion, was also used as a template for the film set. The exterior scenes were filmed in front of the International College of Management in Sydney.

When it came to the interior, designer Catherine Martin said she was heavily influenced by Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann . So many elements in the Art Deco style were created . Particularly noteworthy are the two-story bedroom, the ballroom and the opulent entrance hall.

The second great mansion in the film, Tom Buchanan's Estate, was inspired by Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island.


The film adaptation is based on the novel The Great Gatsby , written by Francis Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 , one of the most tragic love dramas of the Roaring Twenties . It is the fifth US film adaptation - four for the cinema (1926, 1949, 1974 and 2013), one for television (2000) - of this material. The first movie adaptation was made under the direction of Herbert Brenon just one year after the novel was published .

But it was not until five decades later that authors like Truman Capote tried - initially in vain - to find an adequate script adaptation of the story of the novel. Finally, Francis Ford Coppola ( The Godfather ), as a screenwriter, succeeded in shortening the material true to the work and still Hollywood-fair to a good two hours of film length. Director Jack Clayton filmed Coppola's script in 1974 with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow .


According to director Luhrmann, there is a geographical connection between the novel and the city of Cannes , where the film opened the 2013 film festival there: Fitzgerald wrote some passages of the novel just a few kilometers from Cannes in a villa in Valescure near Saint-Raphaël .

In the film you can see some skyscrapers that did not exist in 1922. For example, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building are currently in the construction phase. In fact, construction did not begin until 1928 or 1930. On the other hand, historical skyscrapers such as the Singer Building and the office towers above the Hudson Terminal in Lower Manhattan are missing in the film . Both building complexes were only demolished in the 1960s.

On the entrance gate to Gatsby's property, which he claims to come from Normandy , is the Latin motto: “Ad Finem Fidelis” (German: “Faithful to the end”).


The German synchronization was carried out by RC Production Kunze & Wunder from Berlin .

actor Dubbing voice role
Leonardo DiCaprio Gerrit Schmidt-Foss Jay Gatsby
Tobey Maguire Marius Clarén Nick Carraway
Carey Mulligan Maria Koschny Daisy Buchanan
Joel Edgerton Tommy Morgenstern Tom Buchanan
Elizabeth Debicki Luise Helm Jordan Baker
Garrett William Fountain Tobias Master barkeeper
Adelaide Clement Annina Braunmiller Catherine
Jason Clarke Andreas Fröhlich George Wilson
Felix Williamson Patrice Luc Doumeyrou Henri
Richard Carter Frank Glaubrecht duke
Callan McAuliffe Gerrit Schmidt-Foss Jay Gatsby (young)
Amitabh Bachchan Axel Lutter Meyer Wolfsheim
Isla Fisher Kaya Marie Möller Myrtle Wilson
Max Cullen Friedrich Georg Beckhaus Owl eyes
Kim Knuckey Roland Hemmo Senator Gulick


Audience numbers

In 2013, 1,308,252 visitors were counted at the German box offices nationwide, making the film the 23rd place of the most visited films of the year.


“Visually, 'The Great Gatsby' has about the elegance and subtlety of a Scooter song. Hyper, hyper. The camera whizzes down high-rise facades at the pace of hell or shoots repeatedly over the blue bay that separates Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) from his beloved Daisy (Carey Mulligan). Roller coaster or ADHD images are shrill, sterile and nervous. The big party scenes mutate into bombastic, brightly lit hidden objects in which everything is too bright, too much and too fast. This gets your pulse racing and gives you goose bumps on your forearms. You really enjoy hearing scooters, sometimes. "

- Elena Meilicke :

“Luhrmann remains true to his cinema of unambiguity, but with that he cannot do justice to Fitzgerald's ambivalences. For the tension between fascination and repulsion with which Nick encounters the eponymous figure, he hardly finds a cinematic equivalent. It would have remained the flight forward, the radical escalation, the eradication of the ambivalence through an emphatic decision. The encounter between Gatsby and Luhrmann could have worked out with less content-related and more spiritual fidelity. But at some point the green light also goes out in the cinema, the great Gatsby is just a boor, and Luhrmann's fifth film is only a halfway convincing homage to the 'great American novel of the 20th century'.

- Till Kadritzke :


Academy Awards 2014

Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2014

The German Film and Media Evaluation FBW in Wiesbaden awarded the film the title valuable.


The Great Gatsby: Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film
Soundtrack by various artists


May 6, 2013



Label (s) Interscope

Format (s)

CD, download

Genre (s)

Hip-hop , jazz , pop

Title (number)

14 (OST) / 21 (Deluxe Edition)

running time

56:56 (OST) / 72:23 (Deluxe Edition)


Baz Luhrmann , Anton Monsted, Jay-Z (executive)

Single releases
April 23, 2013 Young & Beautiful ( Lana Del Rey )
May 6, 2013 A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) ( Fergie Feat. GoonRock & Q-Tip )

The score was released on May 8, 2013 under the name The Great Gatsby (OST) and The Great Gatsby (Deluxe Edition) . The publisher is the Interscope ( Universal ) label

Track list

Deluxe Edition
title Interpreter length
1 1 100 $ Bill (Explicit / With Dialogue) Jay-Z 03:21
2 2 Back To Black (Explicit) Beyoncé & André 3000 03:21
3 6th Bang bang 04:39
4th 8th A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) Fergie Feat. GoonRock & Q-Tip 04:00
5 3 Young & Beautiful Lana Del Rey 03:55
6th 9 Love Is The Drug Bryan Ferry 02:41
7th 15th Over the love Florence + The Machine 04:20
8th 12 Where The Wind Blows Coco O. 03:50
9 - Crazy In Love Emeli Sandé 02:53
10 16 Together The xx 05:25
11 11 Hearts A Mess Gotye 06:04
12 4th Love is blindness Jack White 03:17
13 17th Into the past Nero 05:16
14th 18th Kill and Run Sia 03:35
- 5 Crazy In Love (Kid Koala Version) Emeli Sandé 03:07
- 7th I like large parties Elizabeth Debicki 00:09
- 10 Can't Repeat The Past? Leonardo DiCaprio 00:08
- 13 Green light Green light 00:06
- 14th No Church In The Wild (Album Version (Explicit))
[feat. Frank Ocean, The-Dream]
Jay-Z 04:32
- 19th Over The Love (Of You) Florence + The Machine 02:59
- 20th Young & Beautiful (DH Orchestral Version) Lana Del Rey 03:51
- 21st Gatsby Believed In The Green Light Tobey Maguire 03:51

Charts and chart placements

The soundtrack for The Great Gatsby reached the official album charts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the United States, among others. In the USA, the album barely missed the top of the chart with position two. In the UK, the album did not qualify for the official album charts, instead the album placed in the compilation charts.

Chart placements
Charts Top ranking Weeks
Chart placements
Germany (GfK) Germany (GfK) 13 (10 weeks) 10
Austria (Ö3) Austria (Ö3) 10 (7 weeks) 7th
Switzerland (IFPI) Switzerland (IFPI) 8th (19 weeks) 19th
United States (Billboard) United States (Billboard) 2 (33 weeks) 33


Web links

Commons : The Great Gatsby  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of Approval for The Great Gatsby . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , May 2013 (PDF; test number: 138 625 K).
  2. Age rating for The Great Gatsby . Youth Media Commission .
  3. The Great Gatsby Opens Cannes Film Festival , Focus Online, March 12, 2013
  4. Movie content , official website
  5. a b Cannes opens with Leonardo DiCaprio's film , Die Welt, March 12, 2013
  6. a b Baz Lurhmann's $ 125 million "The Great Gatsby" Begins Production in Sydney , Hollywood reporter , September 6, 2011 (English)
  7. ^ Opening film Cannes , Spiegel, March 12, 2013
  8. Manly man Leonardo DiCaprio unmoved by decadence . In: The Daily Telegraph . Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  9. Cathy Whitlock: Designer Catherine Martin Teases the Decadence of Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' . In: The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  10. The great Gatsby opens Cannes , Tagesspiegel, March 12, 2013
  11. The Great Gatsby. German synchronous index , accessed on May 31, 2013 .
  12. C. Lou Lloyd: What you wanted: Münster's cinema year 2013 , KINOaktuell, Filminfo No. 4, January 23-29, 2014, p. 24f
  13. Elena Meilicke: Hyper, Hyper., May 15, 2013, accessed on May 19, 2013 .
  14. ^ Till Kadritzke: film review., May 15, 2013, accessed May 27, 2013 .
  15. a b Nominees for the 86th Oscars . In: . January 17, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  17. a b c d Chart sources: DE AT CH US