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Apparently, Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan are no longer considered enough to draw a crowd. Australian auteur Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge," "Australia") has decided to film his adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" in 3D. What can this possibly add to Fitzgerald's Great American Novel about the Great American Dream of making a killing and using it to try to win the girl of your dreams?

Does Luhrmann think it will be a thrill to see Gatsby's yellow roadster "comin' right at ya!," as they used to say in the old 3D ads? Will the shirts that made Daisy cry now fly over the screen like snowflakes? Will the "blue and gigantic" eyes of oculist T.J. Eckleburg not just peer from a billboard but also float into the audience?

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"Strictly Ballroom" had promise, but with his 1996 "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet" (yes, that was the original title), I thought Luhrmann had swiftly become a shameless mashup impresario. His derivative style in "Moulin Rouge" was like a gaudy outgrowth of Baby Boomers' form of multi-tasking: flipping through a Classics Illustrated comic book while listening to Top 40 radio and peeking at "Laugh-In" on TV. And "Australia" was a cardboard-diorama epic, with all its panels jammed together from movie classics like "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone With the Wind."

Even if the action in his "Gatsby" proves to be effective in 3-D, chances are the characters will barely make it to two. That's what happens with reproductions that are generations removed from originals. They lose their detail and nuance, and even their life-blood.

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