The Original Great Gatsby Trailer (1926)

“No need to talk about THIS picture — Just look at these sample scenes!”

This trailer is the only surviving footage of the first film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, writes to Anne Margaret Daniel for the Huffington Post. According to a letter to their daughter, the 1926 film was so “ROTTEN” Scott and Zelda walked out of the theater. It’s doubtful the Fitzgeralds would walk out on Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation, because, what with the price of movie tickets these days…

–Benjamin Samuel is the co-editor of Electric Literature. When he isn’t partying in West Egg, you can find him on Twitter.

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