ABC Library is partnering with the historic KiMo Theatre to present "Books to the Big Screen," a trio of films adapted from the novels of famed writer F. Scott Fitzgerald scheduled for Feb. 18, 19 and 20 at 7pm. Fitzgerald is widely considered one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, whose works are classically emblematic of the Jazz Age.
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) will be screened first, on Feb. 18. Van Johnson and Elizabeth Taylor star as lovers who meet and marry in post-WWII Paris.
Playing on Friday, Feb. 19 will be the bio-epic film, The Great Gatsby (1974). Fitzgerald's "magnum opus" is considered a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream, and bears more than a small resemblance to Fitzgerald's own life and marriage to Zelda Sayre.
The final film in this series screens on Saturday, Feb. 20. The Last Tycoon (1976) is believed to be based in part on the life of Irving Thalberg, deemed the "boy genius" production chief at MGM in the 1920s and '30s who died at age 37. Fitzgerald died before completing the novel, and the film is based on the story as edited by Edmund Wilson using Fitzgerald's notes. It was the last film of famed director Elia Kazan.