Fitzgerald scholar Sarah Churchwell remarked: “‘Thank You for the Light’ suggests that Fitzgerald’s faith—in life, in art, even in Catholicism—may have lapsed, but it never expired.” William Doino Jr. writes in today’s column:
Visually stunning and gripping to the last frame, Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby is a whirlwind ride into the Roaring Twenties, complete with a pulsating sound track and 3-D imagery. But its greatest strength is also its biggest weakness: Luhrmann is so intent on dazzling viewers with his frenetic, over-the-top directing style that the film constantly threatens to overshadow, if not injure, the delicacy and profundity of Fitzgerald’s exquisite novel. Fitzgerald was an artist with aim quite different from Luhrmann’s—aims formed not least by his encounter with the Christian faith.
Read the full column here.