Green Light


“Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had decreased by one.”

Some of you might recognize this famous quote out of a book by F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby. A book I didn’t like at the first reading because I was annoyed by all those descriptions of how the nouveau riche lived at the beginning of the last century. But now that I read the book purely on the level of Gatsby’s evolution I have to admit that I really like the book. I love the image of the green light which symbolizes the desperate hope and the knowledge that the beloved person is so near and yet unreachable. It really fascinates me how such a simple object can become so important to a man.

Of course I’m not only writing this to tell you I read the book again and now like it. I’ve also found out that Christopher Scott Cherot turned the book into a movie in 2002 and that this film has been released in the States last month. (Yes, it took them three years to get the movie to the theaters!) It’s not a literal, but rather a free adaptation: Gatsby is a rap mogul and is called Summer G. Still, it seems to me that Cherot stuck to the original idea of a man who has become a millionaire by more or less reputable means and now tries to get back the love of his life.

I’m really looking forward to this movie and I’m certainly going to watch it, with Richard T. Jones as Summer G it can’t be that bad. If any of you want to see the trailer, you can find it at Apple Trailers.


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