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The Great Gatsby, Charles Correa, Political Movements

Presented by Samira Ahmed. With a review of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, architect Charles Correa on building the new India, and what makes a political movement?

Samira Ahmed talks to the Indian architect Charles Correa about how he attempts to marry modernism with concern for local meaning in his work. His buildings have played a pivotal role in the creation of post-Independence India and he believes the country's future lies in its cities but how can this vision be combined with the reality of overcrowding, poverty and squalor?

Sarah Churchwell and Kevin Jackson discuss the Great Gatsby as a new film, directed by Baz Luhrmann is released.

UKIP is not just a political party, it's a political movement as well. So says Nigel Farage. But what's the difference between a party and a movement? And what does the rise of a grass-roots political movement on the right tell us about the state of political culture in the UK? Samira is joined by historian and blogger Tim Stanley, the historian of Communism Robert Service, and the leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett.

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45 minutes


  • The Great Gatsby

    Sarah Churchwell and Kevin Jackson discuss the Great Gatsby directed by Baz Luhrmann

    Duration: 16:48

  • Charles Correa

    Samira Ahmed talks to the Indian architect Charles Correa

    Duration: 10:34

  • Political movements

    Tim Stanley, Robert Service and Natalie Bennett discuss political movements

    Duration: 17:08

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is released in UK cinemas on Thursday 16 May, certificate 12A.


Image: Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' drama "The Great Gatsby," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Charles Correa

Charles Correa: India's Greatest Architect is on at RIBA, London as part of the Out of India Season from Tuesday 14 May until Wednesday 4 September 2013.

Sarah Churchwell

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby written by Sarah Churchwell is published by Virago on Thursday 6 June 2013.


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