It's day one of Cannes and some heavy early rain did not put off some lengthy queues for the first screening of The Great Gatsby in 3D.As usual, there were the usual sighs and moans of discontent as the accredited press, segregated by the colour of their passes - which meant some had to spend a little longer sheltering under their dripping copies of Screen International - the festival's daily bible.The film is the second that Leonardo DiCaprio, in the title role, has worked with director Baz Luhrmann, following Romeo and Juliet in 1996.Luhrmann took some liberties with that sacred Shakespeare text and his take on the American classic is no different.A visual explosion, his scenes of Gatsby's flamboyant parties, though set during the roaring twenties, are accompanied by contemporary artists like Jay-Z, Beyonce and Lana Del Ray.In the press conference that followed, Luhrmann said Scott's granddaughter had approached him and said his book would have made her grandfather proud "and by the way I love the music".As for the reaction in the packed cinema, there was a peculiar silence as the credits rolled. The film has had mixed reviews in the States.DiCaprio excels as the doomed Gatsby, older than the teen heartthrob days of Romeo and Titanic's Jack, but he retains a youthfulness that is perfect for the man-child Gatsby, still clinging to the dream of a time past."It's one of those iconic American novels that's woven into the fabric of our country," he told BBC News.Of his preparation for the role DiCaprio said: "I looked at it as not a love story any more, but as a man obsessed with a version of his past that he never got to complete, something that was missing."Even though this woman right in front of him was everything he thought would complete him, she was a relic of the past, she didn't really exist," he added.Some other news from the festival - Martin Scorsese is expected in Cannes at some point to talk about his next project Silence, starring Spider-Man... [continues]
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