Beating against that literary current again

It was in July 2018 that we wrote about Westport historian Richard Webb Jr.’s “Boats Against the Current: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda” (Prospecta Press, $40, 178 pages), which explores the five months F. Scott Fitzgerald spent writing and (mostly) partying with his bride, Zelda, in the spring and summer of 1920 at a modest gray house on Compo Beach Road in Westport — and the influence this had on his seminal 1925 novel about the dark side of the American dream, “The Great Gatsby.”

The book was designed to be a companion to Robert Steven Williams’ documentary “Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story,” which makes the case for Wesport and not Long Island being the setting for Gatsby’s over-the-top mansion and tragic tale. Now the film – featuring Sam Waterston, who played sympathetic Gatsby neighbor Nick Carraway  in the 1974 film version of the novel, and narrated by actor Keir Dullea (“2001: A Space Odyssey”) – will be screened as part of the New Haven Film Festival on Friday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. and will be available on DVD and streaming services on Sept. 1.

Says Waterston:  “This film does an excellent job of capturing an important aspect of Westport’s literary history and it helps to establish the town’s rightful place in Fitzgerald’s legacy.”

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– Georgette Gouveia

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