The Curious Case
of Benjamin Button
This is based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story
As long ago as 1860 it was the proper thing to be
born at home. At present, so I am told, the high gods
of medicine have decreed that the first cries of the
young shall be uttered upon the anaesthetic air of a
hospital, preferably a fashionable one. So young Mr.
and Mrs. Roger Button were fifty years ahead of style
when they decided, one day in
the summer of 1860, that their first baby should be
born in a
hospital. Whether this anachronism had any bearing
upon the astonishing history I am about to set down
will never be known.
I shall tell you what occurred, and let you judge
Brad Pitt will play Benjamin Button,
who is born as a feeble old man, and ages in reverse
until he becomes a baby at the end of his life.
Fitzgerald noted that "This story was inspired by a
remark of Mark Twain’s to the effect that it was a pity
that the best part of life came at the beginning and the
worst part at the end."
Button is from a well-to-do family in Baltimore,
Maryland. He is able to live a relatively normal middle
portion of his life when his biological and
chronological ages are not too drastically far apart,
but has more problems at either end. The story is in
part comic and part melancholy.