Friday, June 22, 2012

Towering in the air / Gatsby reborn

The Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Canada, a suburb of Toronto, were named the best tall buildings in the Americas by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Aren't these so sci fi? I love the organic, sculptural feel. Click here to see innovative buildings singled out on other continents. To bone up on modern architecture, click here (and scroll down).

A towering item of another sort is Scott Fitzgerald's American classic The Great Gatsby, the background of which is examined through family photographs and more in this well-done Guardian feature.What do you think of Gatsby? I'm relieved Fitzgerald didn't call it Ash-Heaps and Millionaires or The High-Bouncing Lover, two of several oddball titles his publisher rejected. Baz Luhrmann has made a screen adaptation of the novel; here are the trailers for that and for a now-lost silent film version from 1926.



12 comments:

  1. Those two buildings are beautiful. I tend to prefer older architecture (especially Victorian and Arts & Crafts) but these are definitely an exception. Simply stunning!

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  2. Wow! Those towers are amazing. Curiously, they remind me of the Shake Weight infomercial or crushed soda cans:) Maybe I'm just kinda weird.
    Also, sooooo excited for the new Gatsby film. Could be really good! Happy Weekend!

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  3. The Absolute Towers are incredible! Are they apartment buildings? Shining twisting apartment buildings for the very rich? Office buildings? Research stations? Antennae for communicating with other planets disguised as buildings?

    The photos on the Guardian are very cool. The trailer for the new GG looks exciting with lots of action and intense Leo shots. I think it may miss the point of the novel. The greatest thing about the book is how it captures a time period perfectly, or so I've read, and if Baz gets too Bazzy with it and the film loses that feeling...won't it be missing something rather crucial?

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  4. Uggggg, can't any movies these days have a tone that is even semi-understated? It's only my opinion, but the trailer makes me think the movie will be horrible. What is this, Moulin Rouge II? :-( And I understand that these were high times, but this all looks so manufactured and sensationalized. Blech. I'll likely be missing this one in the theaters.

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  5. Can't wait for the new Gatsby movie! Love Fitzgerald! His life was almost more interesting than his actual books. I would love to see a movie made about him. Also I know it sounds weird, but I never liked Leo DiCap in his teen heart throb days. I appreciate him so much more now that he's older, more bloated and less dreamy so I don't hate that casting choice. I agree with you Hambone, not sure how I feel about Baz as the director. I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

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  6. I really like the curvy figure of the towers!!!!I checked out some of the other buildings, Al Bahar Towers in Abu Dhabi kinda reminds me of corn on the cob, very cool!!!

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  7. There is a passage in Gatsby that I recall: "Now it was a cool night with that mysterious excitement in it which comes at the two changes of the year. The quiet lights in the houses were humming out into the darkness and there was a stir and bustle among the stars. Out of the corner of his eye, Gatsby saw that the blocks of sidewalks really formed a ladder aand mounted to a secret place above the trees-- he could climb to it,..and once there he could suck on the pap of life, gulp down the incomparable milk of wonder."
    How does that seem to you? Overreaching occurs to me. and is the reason why I'm cool to The Great Gatsby.
    Fortunately, the film will probably turn it into a love story with pretty people.

    I love the Absolute Towers look, but I wonder how the ceiling height must alter at those twists. Thanks for showing it to us.

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  8. For Jay McInerney: to say that Gatsby "defines the American psyche" is to mistake the blue mold for the cheese.

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  9. All of you are brilliant, and funny, and right on the money! What a great group of comments. I too am dubious of Fitzgerald's prose--tried to read 1st novel recently but got bogged down. And the trailer -- so over the top. Production values do not make a great film. Leonardo and Carrie seem like good choices though.

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  10. FUTURAMA? IS THIS WHERE FRY LIVES???

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  11. I would not want to work in an office where that part of the building stopped right under my floor. But perhaps that's just me. Also, ditto on the jenga reference.

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