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Director David Fincher In Person at the Egyptian Theatre

American Cinematheque welcomes David Fincher in-person for a sneak preview of his latest, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON at 7:30 p.m. on December 10.

Raised in Marin County, California, director David Fincher went to work for filmmaker John Korty at the age of 18. Within two years he was hired onto Industrial Light and Magic's visual effects teams for STAR WARS: EPISODE VI -- RETURN OF THE JEDI and INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM. In the late 1980s he directed TV commercials, as well as music videos for such stars as The Rolling Stones, Madonna and Aerosmith. His Madonna video, "Express Yourself" is acknowledged by many as one of the most popular music videos of all time. Fincher started his feature film career directing ALIEN 3. Since then his feature film output has produced one critically acclaimed work after another, including SE7EN, FIGHT CLUB, PANIC ROOM and ZODIAC.

"I was born under unusual circumstances." And so begins this adaptation from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man (Brad Pitt) who is born in his eighties and ages backwards. A man, like any of us, but unable to stop time. We trace his story set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918 into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man's life can be. Directed by David Fincher, this is a time traveler's tale of the people (amongst them Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Elias Koteas) and places he bumps into along the way, the loves he loses and finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time. (Screened from a digital source.) Discussion following with Fincher.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Submission Deadline 
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 12:00pm