Sunday, 8 March 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

A friend of mine presented this title on her web page Bloggin' away, and it is a good moment to let you know about its author, his works and his time, one of my favourite American writers.
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is a short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and now released as a film starred by Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. The screen play differs greatly from the book. Only the title, Benjamin's name, and most aspects of the aging process described in the book were retained in the screen play.

Beginning with the death bed scene of an old woman in New Orleans, the story is revealed quite differently. In the film, Benjamin, born a wrinkled and arthritic infant whose mother died at his birth, was abandoned by his father and lived in a nursing home for seniors with a young African-American named Queenie, whom he called Momma. When he was twelve years of age, he met a girl named Daisy who believed him when he said that he was aging in reverse. They fell in love and after many changing events in their lives, had a child. The child never had the opportunity to know her father because he left the household and she was raised by her mother and a step dad whom Daisy married some time after Benjamin left. The film ends with Daisy relating to their daughter how as an older woman, she cradled the baby Benjamin in her arms as he ceased to live. Benjamin also becomes plagued with the illnesses of old age while looking younger.
Click on the link of the University of Virginia read it , or watch its trailer... pay atention to the film poster and tell me what is wrong with it, if there is something, of course!

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