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2013 Cannes Film Festival opens with 3-D version of 'The Great Gatsby'

Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in “ The

Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in “ The Great Gatsby." Credit: Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in “ The Great Gatsby."

The 2013 Cannes film festival opens Wednesday with Baz Luhrmann’s 3-D version of “The Great Gatsby,” a lavish throwback to the Roaring Twenties that befits the glamour and luxuriance of the world’s biggest cinema showcase.

The Australian director’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel starring Leonardo DiCaprio surprised some Hollywood insiders, because Cannes traditionally launches on the palm-lined French Riviera with a splashy world premiere.

But “The Great Gatsby” already opened in the U.S. to mixed reviews and a solid box office, potentially dampening buzz surrounding the start of 12 days of screenings, champagne-fueled parties and dealmaking.

Critics have praised the selection of films being screened at the 66th Cannes festival, saying it is a strong, well-curated list ranging from hotly anticipated potential crowd pleasers to beautifully crafted, artistic cinema.
 

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