Jay Gatsby’s Satur­day par­ties in

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F Scott Fitzger­ald might have meant for Gatsby’s sen­sa­tional soirées to sym­bol­ise a mul­ti­tude of se­ri­ous things – from the pur­pose­less­ness of the post-FirstWorldWar Amer­i­can youth to Gatsby’s doomed hope of find­ing Daisy. But what most read­ers of the 1925 book re­mem­ber is how the novel’s po­etic prose brings to life the op­u­lence and glam­our of the roar­ing Twen­ties: that evoca­tive epoch of jazz and jewels, of flap­per dresses and fe­do­ras, and of guests reel­ing from the re­cent war, who throw cau­tion to the wind and in­dulge in a kind of deca­dence never seen be­fore.

The fact that ev­ery mod­ern-day party with a 1920s theme draws its in­spi­ra­tion from this novel is ev­i­dence of its hold over the imag­i­na­tions of mil­lions. And, if you’re look­ing for a vis­ual feast, then look no fur­ther than Baz Luhrmann’s beau­ti­ful on-screen adap­ta­tion. the Rings kicks off with Bilbo Bag­gins’ long-awaited 111th birth­day party. Ev­ery­thing is done in style, from the se­crecy sur­round­ing the event plan­ning to the out­door venue made up of grand tents and pavil­ions, to the in­ex­haustible guest list that causes the Shire’s postal of­fices to break down. Bilbo’s bash is re­plete with sus­pense, ex­trav­a­gance and, of course, py­rotech­nics of the mag­i­cal kind (thanks to Gan­dalf the wizard!).

All this capped off with an ac­tual dis­ap­pear­ing act; that’s a party you can’t beat!

Holly Go­lightly’s party in

im­mor­talised her on screen. Set in New York, in Man­hat­tan’s Up­per East Side, the party in Holly Go­lighty’s apart­ment is a win­dow into the 1940s’ Big Ap­ple.

With strangers from all walks of life – mil­lion­aires, so­cialites, wannabes and mil­i­tary men – milling list­lessly in and out, Holly’s guests re­flect the lost postSe­condWorldWar gen­er­a­tion. Add to that the jazz and you could well be in one of Gatsby’s par­ties from the roar­ing 1920s. No won­der, then, that Holly is of­ten com­pared to Gatsby.

Many fans of the film con­sider the party scene to be one of the best.

The party scenes in the film

ver­sion of The Great Gatsby per­fectly cap­ture the spirit of deca­dence pre­vail­ing in the 1920s

de­scribed in the orig­i­nal novel

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