Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


The Perfect Jew… in 3-D!

‘Great Gatsby’ film in the works

Print Email
(Penguin via Wolf Gang/Flickr)

The Great Gatsby (bane of English classes everywhere) written by F. Scott Fitzgerald (possibly the only novelist in history to be posthumously ridiculed by a Nobel Prize winner for being unendowed) is returning to the silver screen. Even better, director Baz Luhrrman (‘Shakespeare in Love’ and ‘Moulin Rouge’) will be filming the classic in 3-D.

Rather then taking this as proof that Hollywood’s 3-D mania has jumped the shark (since that happened months ago anyway) let us consider the triumphant return of Meyer Wolfsheim. If you slept through class, Wolfsheim was Fitzgerald’s grotesque Jewish gangster character (based on Arnold Rothstein). He’s the man behind both Gatsby and the fixing of the 1919 World’s Series, wears teeth for cuff links and pronounces words funny. Edith Wharton was so impressed with the character that she wrote Fitzgerald congratulating him, “It’s enough to make this reader happy to have met your perfect Jew.”

He’s also perfect for 3-D. Imagine just “his small, flatnose which regarded me with two fine growths of hair which luxuriated in either nostril.” Without 3-D it may be impossible to portray a schnoz ‘regarding’ somebody—let alone “a tragic nose” that can “tremble,” “flash[]… indignantly” with “nostrils” capable of “turn[ing] to be in an interested way.”

To be honest, I doubt that any living actor is capable of such nasal dexterity. It may require a stuntman or a second actor (I bet James Franco would do it) to only play the nose. Or—more likely—the nostrils will be plucked, the head shrunk, and the misplaced G’s corrected. Unfortunately for Wharton and purists, the perfect Jew will be perfected… but in the words of Wolfsheim: “You’re very polite, but I belong to another generation.”

Old Jews telling Jokes!

Baz Luhrmann to Shoot ‘Great Gatsby’ in Sydney [Hollywood Reporter]

Print Email

Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

Bianca says:

Bazza had nothing to do with Shakespeare in Love!

He did, however, do the latest incarnation of Romeo & Juliet…

Yo…pretty good blog 😛 ..btw if anyone wants to download movies free click on my name … cheers


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

The Perfect Jew… in 3-D!

‘Great Gatsby’ film in the works

More on Tablet:

The Kindergarten Teacher Who Won Cannes

By Vladislav Davidzon — Hungarian actor Géza Röhrig stars in Auschwitz drama Son of Saul