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Virtual Movie and Discussion: Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story. FSF's Birthday Celebration.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Festival

2021-09-24 18:00:00 2021-09-24 20:00:00 America/New_York Virtual Movie and Discussion: Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story. FSF's Birthday Celebration. Virtual Branch

Friday, September 24
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2021-09-24 18:00:00 2021-09-24 20:00:00 America/New_York Virtual Movie and Discussion: Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story. FSF's Birthday Celebration. Celebrate Fitzgerald's 125th birthday with a showing of a recent award-winning documentary and a post-film discussion with its director/producer and one of its featured participants. Virtual Branch

Celebrate Fitzgerald's 125th birthday with a showing of a recent award-winning documentary and a post-film discussion with its director/producer and one of its featured participants.

Join us for a movie screening and discussion that is part of the 2021 F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, co-sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries.  John Edgar Wideman is this year's Festival Honoree.

For more information on all the Festival events, which run through October 30, 2021, please see http://fscottfestival.org/  Registration via the festival web site is encouraged, but not required.

To access this event, please use the Zoom meeting link:

Join us in Zoom: https://marylandlibraries.zoom.us/j/98263709759?pwd=UUJaL2hvSmdZSm1hZnZhbmRZbkVPQT09 

Or Dial In: 301 715 8592; Meeting ID: 982 6370 9759


The Festival will show Gatsby in Connecticut, followed by a discussion between film-maker Robert Steven Williams and Fitzgerald scholar Walter Raubicheck, a featured participant in the film. The discussion will be moderated by Jackson R. Bryer. 

Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story, covers F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's summer of 1920 in Westport, Connecticut.  It features Sam Waterston (who played Nick Carraway in the 1972 Robert Redford film version of The Great Gatsby) and is narrated by Keir Dullea (star of such famous films as 2010: A Space Odyssey and David and Lisa). Selected by The New Yorker as one of the 36 Best Films of 2020, the documentary explores the connection between the Fitzgeralds and Westport. One of the settings for Fitzgerald's second novel, The Beautiful and Damned, has long been acknowledged to be Westport; but, as the documentary shows, when the recently married Fitzgeralds spent five-months in the summer of 1920 in Westport, they lived in a small house next door to a gigantic mansion on Long Island Sound whose wealthy owner threw extravagant parties. Most scholars and readers have assumed that Fitzgerald's inspiration for The Great Gatsby, published in April 1925, was based on the time he and Zelda lived on Long Island from October 1922 to April 1924; but Gatsby in Connecticut poses the intriguing question: what if the events of The Great Gatsby can be traced instead to Westport, Connecticut? It is a controversial subject and the film presents the argument for Westport and lets the viewer decide. The film was selected for ten film festivals in 2020––including those in Las Vegas, South Europe, Madrid, and Garden State––and it won the Best New England Film Award at the Mystic Film Festival.  Since its release, Gatsby in Connecticut has become a much-discussed film among Fitzgerald scholars and the general public. 

To check out other MCPL virtual programs - https://mcpl.link/VirtualPrograms 

Many of Mr. Wideman's works are in electronic and/or paper format in the MCPL Collection.  Search our catalog at http://montgomerycountymd.gov/library 

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