46 thoughts on “Winter Dreams F Scott Fitzgerald’s Life Remembered in Fine Film Open Culture

  1. Does anyone know who is singing " Someone Will Watch Me" – I can't find this rendition anywhere – it's @ the very beginning of the doc. Thank you 💛

  2. My dad, named Eugene F O'Neill lived on Summit AV in St. Paul, Mn in 1920 on..(no relation to the author, O'Neill that we know of)

  3. Still my favorite American writer–Fitzgerald was quintessentially American, and quintessentially romantic, when I read about him or watch a biography about him, I leave him very reluctantly. For many years I read his short story, "Babylon Revisited," once a year because it has great personal meaning to me, and of course, like all his work, the writing is exquisite. There has been no greater novel about what it means to be an American ( the good and bad) than "The Great Gatsby."

  4. So nice to have these interviews with people who knew him and Zelda preserved. Such interesting people in their own right, and such wonderful Alabama accents.

  5. His words are so absolutely and beautifully woven together that you can almost taste them on your tongue like the most delicious thing you will never taste again , but always want too

  6. I finally figured out what the problem is with "Tender is the Night." It's the entire flashback section which adds nothing to the book and does not deepen the characters as much as making them seem inane and narcissistic. But if the novel is read chronologically, which is about the length of "The Great Gatsby" it flows and still leaves how Nicole saps Dick's energy a mysterious transfer of power. If I were Maxwell Perkins, which I'm not, that's what I'd recommend. But I could be talked into having a short backstory chapter. There is no backstory in Gatsby. Fitzgerald, giving up the flashback, might have deepened the story-line or the characters. One last remark, some blame him for Zelda's breakdown but the reality is, you can drive someone crazy, yes, but you cannot make someone schizophrenic or bipolar because if you could, then the reverse would be true which it is not. Both of them are brain chemistry problems, not mood disorders. Remember if there had been no Scott Fitzgerald, there would have been no Zelda. She have remained in Montgomery and still wound up hospitalized. Scott called it "the Jazz Age." Don't forget that.

  7. Why are do many great artists struggle with the highs and lows of life until they are dead. After which they are exploited mercilessly by an establishment that kept them on a hook why the they lived. I can understand why some artists burned all their works while still living. It does make you think that anyone with talent is signed up before they have a name and afterwards it is too late.

  8. Thank you for posting. Excellent footage and nicely put together. Eleanor has such a poetic voice herself when recounting the sunlit days of her youth. Melancholy. More to know about Zelda I think.

  9. Gatsby is a wonderful book, no question. But Fitzgerald's desperation for approval from rich people and those people he thought to be his social betters is just annoying. It's boring. There is more to him than this, but it remained a big part of his personality all his life. You can dress it up as some sort of romantic or tragic quest, but it really isn't. Let's face it, he was a snob and a narcissist. His social pretentions and insecurities do not really deserve the endless scrutiny of the critics and biographers.

  10. Scott Fitzgerald died with his boots on, that is the central truth to remember of him. He was still writing until the very end, and he knew his genius. Though he died much too young (I can hardly believe that I'm older than he ever was!) he changed our literature. He knew immense love in Zelda, and perhaps with Sheila Graham, and he had a daughter. Really, could you wish for more?

  11. Hemingway's macho bravado was just a cloak for his masses of insecurities. The boxing, the hunting etc And I genuinely believe that his harsh words about Scott's intimate publishing's came from a place of envy and self-frustration.

  12. Thank you for this wonderful yet sad Documentory of Mr. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda. Exceptionally, well done.

  13. Hemingway was a prick. I think he knew that about himself, and couldn’t help it. Not surprised he ended up killing himself.

  14. really lovely–keeps the focus on f scott as talker and writer who wants us to read him and read him aloud

    there's a whole lot more to every life than what we manage to leave behind in letters and diaries: an amusing touch in this bio is the generous time allotted to the old childhood neighbors now grown very old and craving attention and trying to sound important while having nothing to say–that vacancy should be an important shelf place-holder to the library that tells the story of sheilah graham and beloved infidel and college of one

    of course zelda's story will make an important addition to the complete library of f scott: her sheer clueless-ness as a woman, mother, wife, artist: well, she was insane–but what strikes me hearing these old interviewees, the girls in alabama, zelda's neighbors and rivals, is how equally clueless they were, how self-absorbed and star-struck…only not insane…

    f scott could have and should have saved himself: he seems to have gotten free of self-pity in the end, but maybe not

    so what matters? the work, not the "lesson" of another failure

  15. A good soul, and a writer capable of compassion for all his characters, be they good or wicked. This is so rare.

  16. As Noel Ignatiev, Harvard Jewish instructs "KILL THE WHITE MEN!!!" on youtube. America was taken from you. Whom slaughtered 1918 Russia's Last Family? J Communist Bolsheviks.
    Bye-Bye, USA>

  17. I really enjoyed this video. This morning I watched another video about his life and John Steinbeck, mesmerizing.

  18. I've always felt that teenagers should, when reading the great Gatsby, be made to read chapter 3 first. This will alleviate the chief complaint of the book being boring. It will introduce them to partying, flirations, drinking and a car accident. And once hooked, then they should go back to 1 and 2 to get the proper introduction and keep reading. Just my unsolicited two cents.

  19. The is a beautifully made film about someone one who gave us beautifully made novels. Now, I need to go back and read all his novels again. (And I'll remember all the Zelda stories my great told me that were the wildly unreliable interpretations that only and old southern lady can tell.)

  20. I've Always had a weakness for Fitzgerald, the man and the writer. He wrote such beautiful books and some lines you read two or three times because they are so beautiful. And then it all fell apart. His personal life, his books didn't sell anymore, he was a has-been. In the year he died he got 35 cents from the selling of his published books. Can you imagine that? From everything to completely nothing in a decade. Like he said it once: "Give me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy."

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