Snippets from #Botticelli’s Venus feature on Lady Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’ album cover. A modern twist of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was run at the Noël Coward theatre in London. Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ remake. These modern #adaptations of #timeless works often beg the question: can traditional #art ever be revisited? More importantly, should it?
It’s true that the mention of a timeless piece can boost publicity and interest for new works of art. However, with it come enormous pressure and the high risk of being critiqued and compared to the original. Some contemporary #creatives play their cards wisely; ‘The Great Gatsby’ remakes have proven to be hit-and-miss in the past (its 1974 version starring Robert Redford was a critically slated). Luhrmann found a winning formula in 1996 with a revitalised ‘Romeo + Juliet’, starring Leonardo De Caprio. It was therefore only wise to once again employ him in the coveted Jay Gatsby role.
Yet the real stroke of #genius came in strengthening focus on the screen rather than the script. With Jay-Z as musical producer, and #Prada as costume designer, cinema geeks would be flocking to view the first ever 3D Gatsby knowing that while #symbolic interpretation would be lacking, Luhrmann, like Gatsby himself, would be sure to put on a great show.