April 25, 2013

The Great Gatsby: Midnight In Manhattan

Documentary on the Man Behind the Classic American Novel

Street Date: May 7, 2013
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $14.98 ($18.74 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 49 mins + bonus material / single disc

New York, NY BBC Home Entertainment announces the North American premiere of the documentary The Great Gatsby: Midnight In Manhattan, on DVD on May 7, 2013. The novel The Great Gatsby has only increased in popularity since it was initially published in 1925, with its author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, holding nearly as much of the public’s fascination. An emblem of the roaring ‘20s, Fitzgerald’s personal story is as interesting as his writing. With narration from Tara Fitzgerald and featuring contributions by the author’s granddaughter Eleanor Lanahan, plus writers Hunter S. Thompson, George Plimpton, Jay McInerney, and more, this program presents a fascinating portrait of this enduring American icon.

The Great Gatsby: Midnight In Manhattan, produced in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of The Great Gatsby for the BBC’s acclaimed art series Omnibus, explores the life and dark creative spirit of its writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald. It examines his disappointing college days at Princeton, his difficult relationship with fellow author Ernest Hemingway, and his turbulent last days in Hollywood. It dispels the age-old mythology surrounding Fitzgerald, largely created by himself, which tends to glamorize the Jazz-Age and his alcoholism.

Also included is the bonus feature Private Affairs: A Dream Of Living, a play that looks at the lives of F. Scott Fitzgerald, his wife Zelda, and Ernest Hemmingway in 1925 Paris. As a companion piece to the central documentary, this dramatization brings to life the personalities of Scott and Zelda as well as the time period that produced “The Great Gatsby.”