F. Scott Fitzgerald grave
F. Scott Fitzgerald
St. Mary's Church Cemetery
Rockville, Maryland

Inscription on the stone reads:
            —The Great Gatsby

Cover of The Great Gatsby
Cover of the 1925 first edition of The Great Gatsby.
The Great Gatsby is on the Required Reading List For the Human Race in the
Scholar’s Library of 101 Bananas.

There have been five Hollywood films made of The Great Gatsby:

1926 - Warner Baxter, Lois Wilson, Hale Hamilton, Neil Hamilton
1949 - Alan Ladd, Betty Field, Macdonald Carey, Barry Sullivan
1974 - Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston, Bruce Dern
2000 - Tobey Stephens, Mira Sorvino, Paul Rudd, Martin Donavan
2013 - Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton

The staff of 101 Bananas has seen them all but can only recommend the 1974 Robert Redford version and with reservations the 2013 Leonardo DiCaprio version. The edge definitely goes to the 1974 version for one reason: the strange choice of music for the 2013 version. While many movie critics agreed the music was just plain wrong, there were also many woke hipsters desperate to join the in-crowd who just had to prove their street-cred by raving about the modern musical "update" to the story. To each his own. Listen to whatever kind of music you want to. The 2013 version was a well done high class production, but director Baz Luhrmann’s absolutely loony idea of using modern hip-hop music by Jay-Z and others for the soundtrack is baffling. For such a well-known and famous story that most people are familiar with, and that could be considered the quintessential tale from the Roaring Twenties, the only appropriate music would be the new, popular, and influential jazz which that period of time is known for. That’s why it’s known as The Jazz Age! The jarring and completely out of place intrusion of hip-hop background music in scenes where everyone on planet Earth knows there was no such music, is just weird. Just my 2¢. You’re welcome. No apologies to Mr. Luhrmann.

F. Scott Fitzgerald postage stamp
U.S. postage stamp honoring
F. Scott Fitzgerald, issued in 1996