Burroughs on Filming The Great Gatsby

John Tytell: They are making a movie of The Great Gatsby.

William S. Burroughs: I’m sure it will be a real mess.

JT: But not at the box office.

WSB: I’m not even sure of that. Generally speaking they know what they’re doing, but they don’t always. They will go all out on these spectaculars that don’t work at all. I was just looking the book over myself with an idea of making a film, and there just is no film there — everything’s in the prose. You take that away and you’ve got wooden dialogue and creaky action… It isn’t cinematic.

William S. Burroughs talking about filming The Great Gatsby in 1974.

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David S. Wills is the founder and editor of Beatdom literary journal and the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs the Weird Cult. He travels a lot and currently lectures in China. He also runs an ESL website. You can read more about and by David at his blog, www.davidswills.com or on Tumblr.

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