How the movie aligns with the novel chapter-by-chapter
Jan. 31, 2022: I’ve been wanting to update this post lately, and since it’s been receiving a lot of views over the past week, I decided to go ahead and make those additions in lieu of this week’s post. In addition to providing the movie start and stop times for each of Gatsby’s nine chapters, I’ve added the dialogue to listen for as you show the movie to students. For myself, I got tired of looking for the time to know when each chapter stopped. So I got smart one day (ha!) and gave the movie another listen, jotting down who is saying what at the conclusion of each scene or chapter. I hope this makes your viewing of Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby viewing more valuable. Enjoy!
Use this guide if you need a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the 2013 film The Great Gatsby directed by Baz Luhrman. I made this chapter-by-chapter film guide because I couldn’t locate one for my own grade 11 English classes. I am in the middle of planning an admittedly quick unit on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great American masterpiece chronicling the Jazz Age and the rise and fall of Jay Gatsby.
My classes are listening to the audio version on Audible narrated by Anthony Heald, creating hybrid sketch notes of each chapter drawn on photocopies of the first two pages of each chapter’s text, answering a few comprehension questions for each chapter, and having some brief discussions on various themes of the book.
Read here for last week’s post where I explain how this quick end-of-year unit came about and also offer three ideas for poems to pair with your unit.
Without a doubt, we will be watching Luhrman’s film version after we listen to as much of the book as possible. At this point, I foresee us being able to listen through chapter seven or eight.
What’s even more challenging is the fact that due to End-of-Course testing and two year-end assemblies, my two sections of ENG III are on different schedules.
It’s basically a planning nightmare, but…
I’m just going to take the remaining time day-by-day and try to squeeze in as much of the reading as possible while still leaving two hours and 23 minutes of time for the movie, which by the way, everyone is very excited about!
As I was planning a few days ago, I wanted to know exactly how well Luhrman’s Gatsby aligns with the novel. To find out, I watched the movie (purchased and streamed on Amazon) with novel in hand so I could follow the film as it progressed through the novel.
So enough already. Scroll no more.
Here are the timed locations for all nine chapters AND the dialogue to listen for as you show the film to your students.
So there you have it. The next time you need to align the movie with the novel, just use this handy guide.
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