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Hearts on their sleeves in ‘Great Gatsby’


Daisy is overwhelmed. “They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobs — at least, that’s how F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote it, and Mia Farrow took him so literally in the 1974 adaptation that her earnest delivery of the line caused moviegoers to howl with laughter. Mulligan’s Daisy, on the other hand, never comes close to a sob. She’s weepy but in command, and she uses the line’s silliness to deflect (unconvincingly, but still) Gatsby’s curiosity about why she’s crying. This is the moment when Daisy first realizes she could have had it all: obscene wealth, epic love, a straight man who embraces pastels. Mulligan shows us a woman who’s truly capable of pushing his buttons.

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