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Recommended Reading: The Great Gatsby


Un classico, sia sulla carta sia sul grande schermo. Carl Schonbeck (insegnante e musicista) ci suggerisce di leggere, in inglese, Il grande Gatsby: lui l’ha divorato in un giorno e, a proposito di cinema, trova diverse similitudini con Quarto potere di Orson Welles... By Mark Worden - LANGUAGE LEVEL C1 (ADVANCED)

Carl Schonbeck (Standard American accent)

If Gatsby is considered maybe the, you know, one of the great American novels, a film like Citizen Kane, you know, which is... a lot of people call “the greatest American film ever made,” you know, Orson Welles, it’s... it’s... it’s obviously very different, but it’s that same principle of a guy, you know, who’s, you know, worked his way up who’s, you know, nothing’s going to get in his way, you know, that whole American dream. He makes it to the top and, you know, he’s, you know, Gatsby is sort of standing off in, you know, in the corner, you know, maybe with a drink in his hand or something watching everybody else dance and have fun and, you know, dance, you know, all... dance the... the Charleston, and you’ve got, you know, the same idea of, you know, of... of Kane, you know, and Xanadu and this... you know, lonely castle. You go a little further on, you know, a film like Giant, you know, James Dean, you know, he, you know, these people over and over again, they... they find that, you know, this incredible success of making it, you know, on... on... on American terms, of, you know, just making it... you know, by yourself. It’s not quite as good as... as maybe it seems.   

(Carl Schonbeck was talking to Mark Worden)

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