Today in honor of the Great American Novelist’s birthday we’ll be screening The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The movie starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton and Taraji P. Henson was nominated for 12 Academy Awards including a Best Actor nom for Pitt and a Best Supporting Actress for Henson. Directed by David Fincher, adapted from a script by Eric Roth, the film took home the Oscars in the technical areas where it really did shine: Visual Effects, MakeUp and Art Direction. There was—it may not be there anymore—a documentary on the making of Benjamin Button—The Birth of Benjamin Button— on Netflix that I really recommend you check out. It’s magnificent.
Anyway, enjoy The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which you can stream on Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and maybe Netflix. You’ll have to check that out for yourself.
While Fitzgerald was born in the midwest (St Paul, Minnesota) he died here in Hollywood at 1443 Hayworth Avenue. He had suffered a heart attack—at Schwab’s drug store of all places—and moved into his mistress Sheila Graham’s apartment to save himself the stress of climbing the stairs at his own apartment just a block away. His wife Zelda was in a mental institution at the time.
F. Scott Fitzgerald and gossip columnist Sheila Graham