The tragedy of a man obsessed. "He has the power to make anyone's dreams come true...except his own."
F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working his way to death... Monroe Stahr, the "Boy Wonder" is a man obsessed: with movies, with illusion, with the memory of his dead wife and with Shakespeare. When an earthquake nearly destroys the studio, an enigmatic and mysterious Englishwoman steps out of the wreckage. Is she the one to save Stahr? Or will his latest obsession finally destroy him? F Scott Fitzgerald died before he completed his masterly study of Hollywood in its heyday. It is his final, poignant farewell to the Great American Dream - a bittersweet love affair set in a never-never land: 1930s - The Golden Age of Holloywood. Fitzgerald modelled Monroe Stahr on the historic film producer, Irving Thalberg. The story follows Stahr's rise to power in Hollywood, and his conflicts with rival Pat Brady (based on prominent studio head Louis B. Mayer) - a man desperate to kill Monroe's dreams... and even Monroe himself! With music from the period and a mixture of period and original film footage, this tale evokes the nostalgia of a lost age and lost dreams. A journey into the literal and metaphorical heart of a great man. Ruby In The Dust presents the European Premiere of The Last Tycoon, the last novel written by F Scott Fitzgerald. Ironically, like the titular hero of the novel, both great men died before finishing their masterpiece.
Book by: F Scott Fitzgerald
Adapted by: Simon Levy
Company: Ruby in the Dust
Director: Linie Reedman