Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I watched "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" last night and was pleased to see quite a number of antique prints hanging in various rooms. The prints were all used, I think, appropriately for what would likely have appeared on walls in the periods depicted. There were some nice (though probably acidic) etching revival, landscape prints hanging on the wall of one of the guest rooms in New Orleans. Also a striking Piranesi print hanging in the Mr. Button's office. Finally, a colorful Gould hummingbird print actually had symbolic meaning in the movie. It appears in a hotel room scene and it visually references the story of the hummingbird that the tugboat captain (who just previously had died) had told in the bar in Moscow. A live hummingbird appears a couple of other times, but here the director used an antique print to carry on the theme. All the prints in the movie did look to be originals, which is not always the case....


  1. It quite amazing when Hollywood takes the time to use correct items making the movies all the better.

    Kevin King

  2. I couldn't agree more. I'd love to have other examples of the correct--and incorrect--use of prints in movies.