Tuesday Talk at Ventfort Hall and on Zoom – “Gatsby in Connecticut, the Untold Story”

September 7, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

Filmmaker and director Robert Steven Williams will uncover facts behind his documentary film Gatsby in Connecticut, when he gives a visual presentation on “Gatsby in Connecticut, the Untold Story” at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum and via Zoom on September 7 at 4:00 pm as part of our Tuesday Talks.

Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby, has become synonymous with the lifestyle of the rich and famous on Long Island’s Gold Coast. According to Williams, the writer’s inspiration came not from his time spent on Long Island’s Gold Coast, but rather from the wild summer of 1920 in Connecticut during Scott and Zelda’s honeymoon in Westport. There, illegal booze flowed freely and the local beaches hosted scandalous affairs.

With historian Richard Webb, Williams dug into the Princeton University Archives; they interviewed many scholars of the book’s author, and met with Scott and Zelda’s granddaughter.  Who was the mysterious millionaire that inspired the character of Jay Gatsby? What was the real inspiration for Gatsby’s mansion? And why doesn’t the geography of the novel reflect that of Long Island rather than that of Connecticut? Our inquiring speaker Williams has the answers and more.Williams will show exclusive video clips from Gatsby in Connecticut, as well as archival footage and never-before-seen photos of Westport and New York from the 1920s.

Williams is an award-winning filmmaker and novelist. Gatsby in Connecticut, featuring Sam Waterston and Keir Dullea, was chosen by The New Yorker as one of the 36 films for Best Movies of 2020.  It was selected by ten film festivals that year and also won Best New England film at the Mystic Film Festival. The full-length documentary is on Google Play.  Williams’ work has appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine, Billboard, and USA Today.He is also a musician and songwriter.

The admission for the Williams talk is $20 per person either in attendance at Ventfort Hall or via Zoom.  To order on Zoom visit https://ventfort09072021.eventbrite.com To attend at Ventfort Hall reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (413) 637-3106. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.  The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks is sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.