Read a Movie to screen 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' Dec. 11

At the Rehoboth Beach Public Library
November 23, 2013

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Rehoboth Beach Public Library invite film and literary enthusiasts to a screening of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” beginning at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the upstairs community room at the library.

Adapted from the 1920s short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is about a man who is born in his 80s and ages backward. This screening is part of the monthly Read a Movie series in which audience members are invited to read a short story in advance of the screening and then gather to watch the film version and engage in lively discussion about how the film compares to its original inspiration.

On the day that Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, elderly Daisy Williams is on her deathbed in a New Orleans hospital. At her side is her daughter, Caroline. Daisy asks Caroline to read aloud the diary of Daisy's lifelong friend, Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt). Benjamin's diary recounts his bizarre and extraordinary life as a man who ages backward and gets younger with time. His story, set in New Orleans, starts at the end of World War I in 1918 and continues into the 21st century.

‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is an inspiring tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the sadness of death, and the future that lies ahead. This fantasy drama features Academy Award winners Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with supporting roles from Tilda Swinton and Elias Koteas. This film won multiple awards for art direction, makeup and visual effects at the 2009 Academy Awards and was also nominated for Best Picture.

The popular Read a Movie series meets on the second Wednesday of the month, September through May, at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. After the film is screened, viewers will share thoughts about how the translation of the story fared when expanded to the big screen. The Read a Movie series is open to the public and is free.

To receive the stories in advance, email Jamie Rousak at or call the Rehoboth Beach Public Library at 302-227-8044.

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, go to, or call 302-645-9095.

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