GREAT GATSBY SET DESIGN: Here are some early-release images from Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 production of The Great Gatsby movie…
See the article in Architectural Digest for more details.
Note that whilst physical sites were used in the movie, a lot of computer generated work was done to alter them so you might be disappointed if you see them in person, and most of the scenes were filmed in a studio.
East Egg vs West Egg, and the houses which inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald based the locations of “East Egg” and “West Egg” on Manhasset/Sands Point and Great Neck/Kings Point on Long Island in his novel.
East Egg is considered “old money” territory for the likes of Tom and Daisy Buchanan, whilst newly rich Jay Gatsby’s home (and the much smaller, neighbouring cottage of narrator Nick Carraway) was in West Egg, ie. the land of the nouveau riche.
To learn more about the original locations which inspired Gatsby author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, such as Land’s End in Long Island aka the Buchanan house and the Beacon Towers and Oheka Castle which apparently inspired the Gatsby house, check out these posts:
- Luscious website: Famous folk at home: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald in Great Neck, Long Island, New York
- Upstaged by Design website: Great Gatsby Movie Mansions Help to Preserve Architecture, “Ceaselessly into the Past”
- Newsday.com website: ‘Gatsby’ place joins doomed mansions list
- DailyMail website: End of an era: Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby house, famous for its Roaring Twenties parties, is demolished
- Mansions of the Golden Age: The Great Gatsby Mansions
- Old Long Island website, dedicated to the preservation of Long Island’s “Gold Coast” estates and other things old
- Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission: Gatsby’s Gold Coast
In the 2013 film, apparently Baz Luhrmann was inspired by the Georgian architecture of Old Westbury Gardens and Groton Place, both in Westbury, Long Island, for the Buchanan house.
See these posts and photo galleries for more information about Beaux Arts and Art Deco style, as well as ourextensive collection of posts relating to the 1920s and The Great Gatsby:
Read more in our posts about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald, buy the famous book, and the home which inspired the book in this post about the Fitzgerald home in Great Neck, Long Island, New York.
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