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You don't know who I am, but I am one of many writers writing about movies. I have, as of now, written 69 articles about books turned into movies, and «The Curious Case of Benjamin Button» is going to be my article number 70 in the series called «From Book to Film». I thought about listing them all here, but realized it would be of minor importance. And they are all written in Norwegian anyhow.

It is 26 degrees Celsius, past 12:30 in the night, and sorry to say, I am not properly dressed. We can both be happy this isn't a visual correspondents, but no worries, it's just this way because I had to rush out of bed to write this piece or letter if you like.

I read F. Scott Fitzgeralds short story this morning and it was followed by a paint job on my house. Needless to say it was a hard days work. This evening I saw your film about the strange but loving character Benjamin Button. If I hadn't read the story by Mr Fitzgerald first I don't think the experience of your film would have been the same. Don't get me wrong here, I truly loved the film and I almost shed a tear at the end. It was a beautiful and amazing journey into another time in history. It's just that Fitzgeralds story have to be experienced in the changing of shape when it is being whipped into a movie. When you deal with a short story, a novella, you have the luxury of not dealing with slicing off huge chunks of great material. Instead you can built upon it and create. I was a bit surprised about how changed the story was. There was our friend Benjamin Button in them both, there was a bit of war in both of them, but his birth was changed from 1860 to the end of World War 1. These changes doesn't matter as long as something beautiful is created and this is truly the case with this movie. I do hope that people will pick up a short story collection by Mr Fitzgerald and read this utterly funny and amazing original story too. Because behind a great movie lies a great book, or in this case, a short story. If you haven't read it, you have to read it, and if you haven't seen it you have to see it, that's what I tell people. That's how strong these two are, when you hold them up in the cool breeze of critics.

It was amazing to see how 29 pages can be turned into a 2h 45min feature film, but in the way you all created this story, it was just a joy to watch. When you love good movies and are enthusiastic about it, you know that watching a Fincher movie will be a good way to pass time and see something that will be remembered. Because you do not forget a David Fincher movie.

I have to bid you goodnight now Mr Fincher, because it's passed 1 o'clock and I have to be up in the morning with my three little boys. And hopefully they will grow up to enjoy great movies made by such talented people as yourself. Thank you so much for the lovely viewing of «The Curious Case of Benjamin Button» and of your previous productions.

- Eddi B. Saxegaard.

Post Script: This mail to David Fincher was never sent or has been read by the director, but the intention was to ship it of to the man himself but made it's way into the “From Book to Film” instead, and kept in the original language and bad English.
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