Ep. 4: The Great Gatsby (2013)

Welcome back for episode 4! The Great Gatsby has been interpreted for film, television, theatre, opera, ballet, and as a video game, but this week, we watch Baz Luhrmann’s frankly exhausting 2013 film. A few notes (and things we enjoyed):

*Learn more about Ginevra King – Fitzgerald’s muse for Daisy Buchanan and a half-dozen other characters, and a fascinating person in her own right.

*Read about alcohol culture in the 1920s at PBS – bonus cocktail recipe at the end. Also make sure to read Deborah Blum’s The Poisoner’s Handbook, which explores how Prohibition led to a spike in death from bootleg alcohol (and how the government deliberately made denatured alcohol deadlier as a deterrent) (the book was also turned into a PBS documentary). In this light, Gatsby comes off as being a lot more sinister, as illegal alcohol purveyors didn’t care that they were killing off their clientele.

*Learn about the history of mental health treatment in wartime here and here.

*This excellent long read from The New Yorker recounts W.E.B. Du Bois’s debate with eugenicist Madison Grant.

*Check out a fashion recap of the movie here, here, and here.

*Finally, we are both big fans of Cinema Sins, and their recap highlights most of our stylistic issues with this movie. Stick around for the tally of “Old Sports!” at the end.

Next time – before Downton Abbey, there was Gosford Park. Join us and EVERY SINGLE BRITISH ACTOR for Julian Fellowes’ first of many scripts examining British country house life.

Episode 23: Harvest Time – A Farewell to Jo March Madness and Season Finale Costume Drama Rewind

The poignant last chapter of Little Women, Harvest Time, picks up five years after we last left the March girls and their supporting characters, er, husbands. We get only a brief, impressionistic glimpse of one day in their lives, but it’s enough to show us that, even though there are some shadows in the sunshine, all will be well for Meg, Jo, and Amy… sorry, Beth. In that spirit, we’re leaving off Jo March Madness – and the first season of Costume Drama Rewind – with our own Harvest Time. We’ll announce our winners, talk about the long-term cultural impact of the Little Women, and leave you with a few final, burning thoughts. 
  1. Episode 23: Harvest Time – A Farewell to Jo March Madness and Season Finale
  2. Episode 22: Jo March Madness Round 3: "Little Women" (2018) vs. (2019)
  3. Episode 21: Jo March Madness Round 2: "Little Women" 1994 vs. 2017
  4. Episode 20.5: Jo March Madness Minisode – Louisa May Alcott
  5. Episode 20: Jo March Madness Round 1: "Little Women" 1933 vs. 1949

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