Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘The Great Gatsby’

“The Great Gatsby,” Baz Luhrmann’s lavish adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, is the next featured film in the Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series. It will be screened on Saturday and next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

“The Great Gatsby” follows would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blood husband, Tom Buchanan.

It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, that holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

Rick Groen, in the Toronto Globe & Mail, calls the film “a terrific adaptation that succeeds not only as a work of cinema but also, wonderfully, as proof of the novel’s greatness.”

Richard Roeper calls it “the best attempt yet to capture the essence of the novel.”

A.O. Scott, in the New York Times, calls it a “lavishly theatrical celebration of the emotional and material extravagance that Fitzgerald surveyed with fascinated ambivalence.”

Lou Lumenick, in the New York Post, says the film “stands out like a beacon in a sea of silly blockbusters.”

Rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language, “The Great Gatsby” runs 143 minutes.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The Series continues with “Before Midnight” on July 27 and 30.

Chautauqua County’s only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.