"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
As all things do, it begins in the dark. EYES blink
open. Blue eyes. The first thing they see is a WOMAN
near 40, standing looking out a window, watching the wind
blowing, rattling a window.
A WOMAN’S (V.O.)
What are you looking at?
The wind, Mother... They say a
hurricane is on its way... You’ve
been asleep... I was waiting to
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM, NEW ORLEANS - MORNING, PRESENT
Now we see we’re in a hospital room with layers of white
enamel paint trying without success to hide the years...
An old WOMAN, past 80, withered, still regal with a green
turban around her bald head is propped by pillows, her
blue eyes looking out at us from her bed... She’s
connected to an intravenous for sustenance and a morphine
drip... Her name, is DAISY FULLER. She speaks with a
If it wasn’t for hurricanes we
wouldn’t have a hurricane season.
I’ve forgotten what the weather
can be like here. I’ve lived with
four seasons so many years now.
We see a young Black Woman, a “caregiver,” DOROTHY BAKER,
in a corner, thumbing a magazine, with one eye at the
I saw on the news they’re