Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives to Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby, And The Peeples

By Kristy Puchko 2013-05-10 05:17:07discussion comments
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The Great Gatsby
Baz Luhrmann, the audacious auteur behind Moulin Rouge and 1996's Romeo + Juliet, offers his outrageous take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel of romance and wealth. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, a man who pursues his first love Daisy (Carey Mulligan), no matter the cost. Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton co-star.

Entranced and inspired by the pages of Fitzgerald's most popular work, Luhrmann looked to add some lavish visual language (and a kinetic but anachronistic soundtrack) to make Gatsby's tragic tale come to vivid life. For more literature turned into luscious movie romance, try these three scintillating titles.

The Great Gatsby (1974) In this pastel-colored adaption with a screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Redford stars as Gatsby, while Mia Farrow plays the golden girl Daisy. Though it feels a bit wan and dated today, it's worth noting this memorable version won two Academy Awards, one for Best Costume Design, the other for Best Score, both categories Luhrmann's version will surely be eying come Oscar season. Sam Waterson, Bruce Dern, and Karen Black co-star; Jack Clayton directs.

A Royal Affair (2012) This Danish drama also earned Oscar notice, being nominated for Best Foreign Language film. Alicia Vikander stars as Caroline Mathilde, a young queen paired with a mad king. But she finds solace and love with her a German physician, sparking revolution. Based on the novel by Bodil Steensen-Leth, this celebrated romance co-stars Mads Mikkelsen and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard. Nikolaj Arcel directs.

Dangerous Liaisons (2012) In this Chinese interpretation of Choderlos de Laclos's oft-adapted novel, Cecilia Cheung and Jang Dong-gun star as two masterful manipulators who entertain themselves with a sexy wager about the future of virginal young beauty (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's Zhang Ziyi). But this cruel game of hearts eventually begins to turn on its players. Hur Jin-ho directs.
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