In Slate Magazine, Juliet Lapidos recalls Francis Scott Fitzgerald‘s university years on the occasion of the world premiere of the new movie version of his short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which seems to differ too far in taste and integrity from the intention of the great author of The Great Gatsby.
“There’s a chapter in the life of nearly every major F. Scott Fitzgerald protagonist-after boarding school, before dissipation in New York – when he attends Harvard, Princeton, or Yale. The hero of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fitzgerald’s short, fantastical story about a man who ages backward, is no exception: Benjamin goes to Harvard. Sadly, this detail is absent from David Fincher’s new screen adaptation. Compared with other liberties the film takes with the story – Benjamin now has a black adoptive mother – this omission may seem inconsequential. But if you’re a Fitzgerald devotee, it’s a significant change. Cut out the Ivy League pride, and you might as well read Hemingway.”