By Darren Franich
Updated December 13, 2011 at 09:04 PM EST

Do you ever feel like you have lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream? Do you look at an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shiver when you find what a grotesque thing a rose is, and how raw the sunlight is upon the scarcely created grass? Then you’re sure to fall in tragic love with the first two images from next year’s 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, helmed by director Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. What thoroughness! What realism! And yet, they make me sad because I’ve never seen such…such beautiful shirts before.

Are these photos getting you excited to beat on, boats against the current? Or are you worried that the dream of a good film adaptation of The Great Gatsby is already behind us, somewhere in the vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic roll on under the night?

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