The lavish Art Deco parties born of Jay Gatsby's fantasies starring himself made a return to New York over the weekend, more than 80 years after they were described in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby," a story retold in 3D with the visual and musical extravagances of director Baz Luhrmann and with the charisma of Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead.

This is "the tale of a man who built himself an illusion to live by," as the original subtitle says, and though it will have the honor of opening the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, the spectacular remake was the feature of a press conference at none other than New York's Plaza Hotel, where Fitzgerald was a regular back in the 1920s and where parts of the Gatsby novel are set.

Luhrmann and DiCaprio discussed their screen version of Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," a project that they developed jointly from the start.

Daisy Buchanan, the woman who represents Gatsby's dream of perfection but is possessed of a total moral superficiality, is played by Carey Mulligan, who "desperately" wanted the role of the woman idealized by Gatsby, and says the two characters "become a couple because she wanted a great sense of wealth and superiority and he ensnared her with these things."

The narrator of the story, Nick Carraway, is played by Tobey Maguire, and rounding out the cast are Isla Fischer, Joe Edgerton and the debutante Elizabeth Debicki.

"The Great Gatsby" will premiere May 10 in the United States and on May 17 in Spain, days before its debut in Mexico, Chile and elsewhere. EFE