May 17, 2013

Front covers

The Great Magsby

In a scene in the new ‘Great Gatsby’ movie, Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is shooting photos of Daisy on Gatsby’s dock, writes Andrew Losowsky. “Don’t you think she should be on the cover of Vogue?” asks DiCaprio’s Gatsby. (NB, I’m paraphrasing slightly, I don’t recall the exact wording.)

Two thoughts:

1) I have no idea if this is deliberate product placement or not, but given that Carey Mulligan as Daisy IS on the cover of American Vogue this month (above), is this the first case of a movie predicting a magazine cover?

2) American Vogue’s 1922 covers of course weren’t photographs (that first happened ten years later). Instead, they featured highly stylized fashion illustrations like this one. Though it’s just possible that Gatsby was indeed referring to her look being sufficiently generic to satisfy these conditions, it seems doubtful, and so I would like to sound the mag-geek anachronism klaxon.

Spotted any other horrendous mag-related inaccuracies at the cinema lately?


Comment on May 21, 2013 by Barlo says:

Since Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic work has always thrived on anachronisms, this “cover of Vogue” line of dialogue is hardly worth a mention. Suffice to say that Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington adore Carey Mulligan, and her Daisy cover was a forgone conclusion. (Wintour, in her cover letter, even talks about how this Vogue cover was held up last year along with the movie’s original release date.)

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