Baz Luhrmann had once promised us The Great Gatsby for Christmas. What he's given us, instead, is a trailer.
New glimpses of his much-anticipated feature have just been released in a second trailer instalment that gives us a little more of a sense of what to expect from his 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's peerless novel.
Earlier this year Luhrmann unveiled, to a considerable hullabaloo, the first Gatsby trailer, a slick and artful teaser package that gave us, among many things, the sounds of Jack White, the famous "beautiful shirts sequence" from the novel and a neon streetscape with a sign that misspelled the name of the Ziegfeld Follies.
At that stage, Gatsby was still tagged as a Christmas release, but was later put back to May.
So what does the second trailer tell us? It fixes the Ziegfeld error. It repeats quite a bit of the earlier footage. It focuses less on ambience and more on the enigma of the title character, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. It increases the feeling of violence mixed up with the opulence.
It begins not with the voice of the narrator character, Nick Carraway, played by Tobey Maguire, but with Gatsby himself, relating his version of his early life, over images that reinforce his projection of himself as a child of wealth and a war hero.
There are glimpses of course, of the famous parties, mostly from the first clip, and of other characters: Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, the woman with whom Gatsby is obsessed; Joel Edgerton as her husband, Tom; Isla Fisher as Tom's mistress; young Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki as the party girl and sports star Jordan Baker; Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, as notorious gambler Meyer Wolfsheim.
The music choices, once again, are thoroughly contemporary and include songs from Kanye West and Jay-Z (feat. Frank Ocean) and Florence and the Machine.
The trailer ends with the injunction to see it in 3D - which will be possible only when it is released in cinemas in the US on May 10, and in Australia on May 30.