The audience is introduced to the story of the backwards clock in passing by an ageing Daisy who is shown as she lies dying in a New Orleans hospital bed during the onset of Hurricane Katrina. Unlike the image that Fitzgerald painted for Hildegarde’s elderly years, Roth and Fincher choose to portray Daisy in a naturally decrepitating way as opposed to being healthy and living abroad. Therefore, they show Daisy reaching old age in a more contrite manner, painting her as frail and barely lucid. During this scene of the movie, Daisy offers the audience a precursor to Benjamin’s story. This is the story of Monsieur Gateau, a blind French man whose son goe...
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...ty to display a moving tale of human life. Their work attest to the fact that regardless of the circumstance of one’s birth, death is inevitable and life must be lived accordingly. Even though The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a work of extreme fiction, both Fitzgerald and Fincher display a raw tale of human emotion throughout life. However, the movie’s adaptation uses the backwards clock to establish a certain level of decorum around the story of Benjamin Button in a tasteful and appealing manner making his story more believable to the audience.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." The Curious Case of Benjamin Button & Other Jazz Age Stories. New York: Scribner, 1922. 318-42. Print.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Dir. David Fincher. Perf. Brad Pitt & Cate Blanchett. Paramount Pictures, 2008. DVD.
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