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ALL SCRIPTS







                         MIDNIGHT IN PARIS





                            Written by 

                            Woody Allen





    MONTAGE - POV SHOTS OF PARIS SET TO MUSIC
    We hear voices over - GIL and INEZ, a young couple of
    Americans, engaged to be married as we shall learn. (Standard
    locations are listed here but they will be determined later
    when we location scout. Music.

    EXT. MONET'S GARDENS - DAY
1                                                               1

                        GIL (V.O.)
              This is unbelievable - look at
              this. There's no city like this in
              the world. There never was.
                        INEZ (V.O.)
              It's become so touristy.
                         GIL (V.O.)
              Well that's just the awful era we
              live in but can you just imagine
              what this was like before - but
              even with all the fast food joints
              and the traffic - god, you just
              can't imagine what it was like
              years ago.
                         INEZ (V.O.)
              Well you like cities.
                        GIL (V.O.)
              I really do - I love cities - I
              love big cities with all the crowds
              and all the action.
    (Having seen a panoramic view of let us say the Champs Elysee
    we embark on a montage of the city. The comments offered
    above and following are an approximation of what the actors
    feel.)
                                                      CUT TO:

    EXT. TBD - DAY
2                                                               2

                        GIL (V.O.)
              Look at these places - the streets -
              the boulevards.
                         INEZ (V.O.)
              You act like you've never been here
              before.
                                                              2
    CONTD:
2                                                              2

                         GIL (V.O.)
              I don't get here often enough is
              the problem. Every once in a while
              for a few days is nothing - my
              biggest regret is that I didn't
              settle here the first time I came.
              I should have gone with my
              instincts.
                        INEZ (V.O.)
              I admit it's pretty but so are so
              many other places I've visited.
                        GIL
              If I'd have stayed the first time I
              came by now I'd be a Parisian.
                          INEZ (V.O.)
              Starving.
                                                    CUT TO:

    EXT. TBD - DAY
3                                                              3

    (Pause here for third dialogue exchange)
                         GIL (V.O.)
              I'm thinking of a painting by
              Pisarro I've seen of Paris in the
              rain. Can you picture how drop
              dead gorgeous this city is in the
              rain? Imagine this town in the
              twenties - Paris in the twenties -
              in the rain - the artists and
              writers - I was born too late. Why
              did God deliver me into the world
              in the 1970's and in Pasadena yet.
                        INEZ (V.O.)
              Why does every city have to be in
              the rain? What's wonderful about
              getting wet?
                        GIL (V.O.)
              It's romantic.
                          INEZ (V.O.)
              It's annoying.
                                                              3
    CONTD:
3                                                              3

                        GIL (V.O.)
              Or Paris when it's just getting
              dark - the lights go on - or at
              night - it's great at night - or
              no, sunset on the Champs Elysees -
                        GIL (V.O.)
              Could you ever think of us moving
              here after we're married?
                                                    CUT TO:

    EXT. TBD - DAY
4                                                              4

                         INEZ (V.O.)
              Oh god, no. I could never live out
              of the United States. And if I
              could it would be someplace totally
              different.
                        GIL (V.O.)
              Like?
                        INEZ (V.O.)
              I don't know, Hawaii.
                        GIL (V.O.)
              Hawaii is America.
                        INEZ (V.O.)
              Yes but it's - Hawaiian.
                        GIL (V.O.)
              If I had stayed here and written
              novels and not gotten into grinding
              out movie scripts.
                        INEZ (V.O.)
              Right, and becoming rich and
              successful. Tell me the sad story.
                         GIL (V.O.)
              But this is where all the artists
              came to live, to work - the
              writers, the painters.
                        INEZ (V.O.)
              That was ninety years ago.
                                                                 4
    CONTD:
4                                                                 4
                        GIL (V.O.)
              Boy, I'd drop the house in Beverly
              Hills, the pool, everything - in a
              heartbeat. Look - this is where
              Monet lived and painted - we're
              thirty minutes from town. Imagine
              the two of us settling here. If my
              book turns out we could do it - you
              could just as easily make jewelry
              here.
                                                       CUT TO:

    EXT. MONET'S GARDENS - DAY
5                                                                 5

                        INEZ (V.O.)
              You're in love with a fantasy.
    Now we CUT AROUND and see Gil and Inez live.
                         GIL
              I'm in love with you.
                  (kiss)
                                                       CUT TO:

    INT/EXT. HOTEL LOBBY - DAY
6                                                                 6

    Gil and Inez enter lobby of hotel they are all at. In the
    lobby they are awaited by her parents, JOHN and HELEN BLAIR.
                        JOHN
              There are our sight-seers.
                        INEZ
              If I never see another charming
              boulevard or bistro -
                        GIL
              What a town.
                          HELEN
              To visit.
                        GIL
              I could easily see myself as a
              Parisien - strolling the Left Bank -
              a baguette under my arm - finishing
              my novel - at a table at the Cafe
              Flore. A Moveable Feast -
              Hemingway called it.
                                                              5
    CONTD:
6                                                              6

                        HELEN
              In this traffic nothing moves.
                        GIL
              Well yes it was different then.
                         JOHN
              Can we continue this talk of
              moveable feasts at Grand Vefour
              because I'm starved.
                        GIL
              Americans eat dinner so early.
                        JOHN
              And I'm proud of it.
                                                    CUT TO:

    INT. GRAND VEFOUR RESTAURANT - NIGHT
7                                                              7

                         HELEN
                  (lifting wine glass)
              A toast to John's new business
              venture here.
                        JOHN
              Well I'll be perfectly frank - I'm
              excited over this corporate merger
              between our people and the French
              company but otherwise I'm not a big
              Francophile.
                        HELEN
              John hates their politics.
                        JOHN
              They've certainly been no friend to
              the united States.
                         GIL
                   (amiably)
              You can't say they weren't right in
              not backing Bush's moronic war in
              Iraq.
                        INEZ
              Please let's not get into that
              discussion yet again?
                                                              6
    CONTD:
7                                                             7
                         GIL
              There's nothing wrong with your
              father and I disagreeing. That's
              what democracy is. Your father
              defends the right wing of the
              Republican party and I happen to
              think they represent sub-mental
              Neanderthals. But we respect each
              other's views - am I right?
                  (this last directed at
                   John gets no enthusiasm
                   but a cold look from him)
                        HELEN
              Can we discuss the wedding plans?
              Your father's used his good offices
              with the opera to get some of the
              singers to attend and sing. I
              thought Puccini would be nice.
                        INEZ
              Isn't that great Gil?
                        GIL
              Just no Wagner. When she walks
              down the aisle not The Ride of the
              Valkyries. Hey look, I just want
              to say that I am politically
              bipartisan in that, in my view, to
              be a politician of any party one
              must of necessity be a whore.
                        INEZ
              Gil.
    Just then another young couple pass the table and recognize
    Inez. PAUL and CAROL BATES.
                        PAUL
              Inez.
                         INEZ
              Paul! Carol-
                   (ad-lib introductions)
              Paul and Carol Bates - Mom, Dad,
              you know Gil - you didn't mention
              you'd be here.
                        CAROL
              It was sudden. Paul got invited to
              lecture at the Sorbonne.
                                                                   7
    CONTD: (2)
7                                                                   7

                           INEZ
                 Oh - how terrific. Dad's here on
                 business and we free-loaded along.
                           PAUL
                 It's great.   We can spend some time
                 together.
                           GIL
                 Don't we have a lot of commitments?
                           INEZ
                 What?
                           CAROL
                 What are you doing tomorrow?    We're
                 driving to Versailles.
                           INEZ
                 I'm dying to see Versailles.
                           GIL
                 Don't we have something tomorrow?
                 We were going to have lunch at the
                 Brasserie Lipp. My old professor
                 once actually saw James Joyce
                 there. He said Joyce was eating
                 sauerkraut and frankfurters.
                     (silent pause)
                           INEZ
                 Is that the end of the story?
                           GIL
                 It is actually -
                           INEZ
                 We'd love to go with you guys.
                 Versailles is beautiful - I have to
                 see it Gil - it's perfect for you
                 with your obsession with "les temps
                 perdus" и
                           GIL
                 Yes - but -
                           PAUL
                 It's such a lovely treat running
                 into you here. A demain.
                                                         CUT TO:
                                                     8


    INT. HOTEL SUITE - NIGHT
8                                                        8

                        INEZ
                  (as they do their
                   nocturnal ablutions)
              I hope you're not going to be as
              anti-social tomorrow when we go to
              Versailles.
                        GIL
              How was I anti-social?
                        INEZ
              It was so clear you didn't want to
              go.
                        GIL
              Well they're your friends and I
              can't say I'm as taken with him as
              you are.
                         INEZ
              He's brilliant. I used to have
              such a crush on him at college. And
              Carol's very bright.
                        GIL
              I find him a pseudo-intellectual.
                         INEZ
              I hardly think the Sorbo nne would
              have him lecturing if he's a pseudo-
              intellectual. You should give him
              your novel to read. I'm sure he'd
              be able to critique your writing
              and show you why you're having so
              much trouble.

                         GIL
              I'm having trouble because I'm a
              Hollywood hack who never gave
              actual literature a real shot.
                         INEZ
                   (said with her usual
                    seductiveness)
              Gil, promise me if this book
              doesn't come off you'll give up
              beating your brains out and get
              back to what you do best.
                        (MORE)
                                                                    9
     CONTD:
8                                                                    8
                          INEZ (cont'd)
               The studios adore you - you're in
               demand - I don't think you want to
               trade everything just to struggle.
                                                          CUT TO:

     EXT. VERSAILLES - DAY
9                                                                    9

     Next day. The two couples are there and Paul waxes
     pedantically as they tour the grounds or inside.
                         PAUL
               I believe Louis moved his court
               here in about 1682 - originally
               this was all swamp land - in fact,
               if I'm not mistaken, in old French
               the word Versailles means something
               like "terrain where the weeds have
               been pulled". The main structure
               is French classical style at its
               height - the work, I believe of
               Louis Le Vau, I think Mansart and
               Charles LeBrun I believe иии
                                                          CUT TO:

     EXT. VERSAILLES/PICTURESQUE SPOT/GARDEN - DAY
10                                                                  10
                         INEZ
               I think I could get used to a
               summer home like this.
                         PAUL
               Me too except, remember, in those
               days they only had baths and I'm
               definitely a shower man.
                         CAROL
               Where are you two planning to live
               after the wedding?
                         INEZ
               We're looking in Malibu.   We love
               where you live.
                          GIL
               I keep trying to talk her into a
               little attic with a skylight in
               Paris -
                                                    10
     CONTD:
10                                                   10
                           CAROL
              La Boheme.
                        PAUL
              All that's missing is tuberculosis.
                           INEZ
              He doesn't even know if he can
              write a novel. So far your track
              record's - you know - whereas,
              everyone likes your movies -
                           GIL
              Yes movie scripts are easier.
                           INEZ
              Tell them about the lead character
              in the book you're working on.
                           GIL
              I don't like to discuss my work.
                           INEZ
              Not the plot, just the lead
              character. He works in a nostalgia
              shop.
                        CAROL
              What's a nostalgia shop?
                        PAUL
              Not one of those stores that sells
              Shirley Temple dolls and old
              radios? I never know who buys that
              stuff - who'd want it.
                           INEZ
                   (pointedly)
              People who live in the past. Who
              think their lives would have been
              happier if they lived in an earlier
              time.
                        PAUL
              And just what era would you have
              preferred to live in, Miniver
              Cheevy?
                           INEZ
                  (teasing Gil)
              Paris in the twenties - in the rain
              - when the rain wasn't acid rain.
                                                               11
10                                                                 10
     CONTD: (2)
                            PAUL
                  I see. And no global warming, no
                  TV or suicide bombing, nuclear
                  weapons, drug cartels.
                            CAROL
                  The usual menu of cliched horror
                  stories.
                            PAUL
                  Nostalgia is denial.   Denial of the
                  painful present.
                            INEZ
                  He's a romantic. Gil would be just
                  fine living in a perpetual state of
                  denial.
                            PAUL
                  The name for this fallacy is
                  called, Golden Age thinking.
                            INEZ
                  Touche.
                             PAUL
                  The erroneous notion that a
                  different time period was better
                  than the one, one's living in.
                  It's a flaw in the romantic
                  imagination of those who find
                  coping with the present too
                  difficult.
                                                         CUT TO:

     EXT. CHOPARD/PLACE VENDOME - DAY
11                                                                 11

                            HELEN
                  It's definitely the nicest ring
                  we've seen.
                            INEZ
                  I love a diamond wedding band. The
                  way it sparkled they'll see it in
                  the last row when he puts it on my
                  finger.
                            HELEN
                  This is going to be such an event,
                  Inez. I only wish -
                                                               12
     CONTD:
11                                                              11

                          INEZ
                    (cutting her off)
               I don't want to keep going over it,
               Mom.
                         HELEN
               Look, he's your choice.   What can I
               say?
                          INEZ
               Gil's smart and successful.
                         HELEN
               And yet he talks of g1.v1.ng it up
               and moving here. That frightens
               me.
                          INEZ
               The world is full of people who
               dream of writing the great American
               novel. Let me handle him.
                         HELEN
               You're father thinks you're
               comfortable with Gil because you
               can control him.
                          INEZ
               He likes to please me - is that so
               terrible? Oh gosh - I have to go -
               Paul arranged a private tour of the
               Rodin Museum.
                                                        CUT TO:

     OMITTED
12                                                                12


     EXT. RODIN MUSEUM GARDEN - DAY
13                                                                13

     Paul, Carol, Gil and Inez getting guided tour.   Guide speaks
     French and mostly English - as she feels.
                         GUIDE
               This is, of course, Rodin's most
               famous statue. A cast of this work
               was placed next to his tomb. Rodin
               wished for it to serve as his
               headstone and epitaph.
                                                    13
     CONTD:
13                                                   13

                            PAUL
              That would be in Meudon. He died
              of the flu if I'm not mistaken -
              1917 I believe.
                        GUIDE
              Exactly correct. You know your art
              history, monsieur. The design -
                            PAUL
                   (cutting her off)
              The Thinker is so powerful because
              he thinks not just with his brain -
              he thinks with every limb and
              muscle - you feel the
              concentration.
                        INEZ
                  (to Gil)
              He's so knowledgeable, isn't he?


                            PAUL
              So much of Rodin's work was
              influenced by his wife, Camille.
                        GUIDE
              Yes, she was an influence - though
              Camille was not the wife but his
              mistress.
                            PAUL
              Camille?      No.
                            GUIDE
              Yes.      Rose was the wife.
                            PAUL
              He never married Rose.
                        GUIDE
              Yes, in the last year of their
              lives.
                            PAUL
              I think you're mistaken.
                        CAROL
              Are you arguing with the guide?
                            PAUL
                  am.
              I
                                                                    14
13   CONTD: (2)                                                      13

                            GUIDE
                  Ah, non, non, je suis certaine.

                            GIL
                  I'm afraid she's right. I just
                  read the recent two volume
                  biography of Rodin - Rose was
                  definitely the wife, Camille the
                  mistress.
                            PAUL
                  You read that? Where did you read
                  that?
                            GIL
                  I did - no question.    Camille-
                  Rose.
                            INEZ
                  Don't forget, Dad invited you to
                  join us at a wine tasting tonight.
                            CAROL
                  It'll be so fun. Paul's an expert
                  on French wines.
                            INEZ
                      (walking with Gil)
                  When did you read the biography of
                  Rodin?
                            GIL
                  Me? Why would I read a biography
                  of Rodin?
                                                             CUT TO:

     EXT. WINE TASTING - EVENING
14                                                                     14

     Inez already a little high.       Her parents having fun.   Gil is
     also feeling it by now.
                            INEZ
                      (tasting)
                  I can't tell the difference.
                  They're both delicious.
                            JOHN
                  Take it easy Inez.     Those little
                  sips add up.
                                                                15
     CONTD:
14                                                               14

                         HELEN
               You should talk, John - especially
               for someone who once advocated the
               boycott of french wines.
                         JOHN
               I'll always take a California wine
               but the Napa Valley is six thousand
               miles away.
     They laugh and drink.
                         INEZ
                   (to Gil)
               Which do you prefer?
                         GIL
               To me they're all great.   What the
               hell do I know?
                          INEZ
               I don't think I've ever seen your
               cheeks so red.
                         GIL
               Pheromones, it's your pheromones.
     Paul and Carol have ambled over, having heard Gil's last
     amorous remark.
                         PAUL
               Ah yes - sex and alcohol - It fuels
               the desire but kills the
               performance - according to the
               Bard.
                          CAROL
               Have you tasted the '61? It's
               divine - though Paul found it -
               what?
                         PAUL
               Slightly more tannic than the '59.
               I prefer a smoky feeling to a
               fruity feeling, don't you agree?
                         GIL
               You will admit she's a sexy woman.
                         PAUL
               This I have known for many years.
               You're a very lucky man.
                   (toast)
                             (MORE)
                                                              16
14                                                                14
     CONTD: (2)
                             PAUL (cont' d)
                  May you make the transition from
                  movies to literature and may your
                  book glorify all the Shirley Temple
                  dolls and Charlie Chaplin
                  wristwatches that make us nostalgic
                  for an allegedly once simpler, more
                  charming world.
                             GIL
                       (a bit high)
                  To the little green Heinz pickle
                  pin.
                                                        CUT TO:

     EXT. WINE TASTING/STREET - NIGHT
15                                                                15
                            PAUL
                  Carol and I are going to go dancing
                  - we heard of a great place.
                  Interested?
                            INEZ
                  Sure.
                            GIL
                  I don't want to be a party pooper
                  but I just want fresh air.
                            INEZ
                  Oh come on - although if you're
                  just going to sit there and obsess
                  over where the fire exits are.
                            CAROL
                  If Gil doesn't want to go, I'll
                  share Paul with you. I'm very
                  democratic. And he's a marvelous
                  dancer.
                            GIL
                  If it's okay with you, I'd really
                  just like a little walk and go to
                  bed. We can do it another night.
                            INEZ
                  Well I can go, right?
                            GIL
                  You go?
                                                              17
     CaNTO:
15                                                                15

                          INEZ
               I'm not tired and I'm dying to
               dance. I'll just meet you back at
               the hotel.
                          PAUL
               I'll take good care of her.
                         GIL
               I - I - guess so иии
                                                        CUT TO:

     INT. TAXI - NIGHT
16                                                                16
     The three are having a fine time.
                          INEZ
               Isn't it great we're all on holiday
               at the same time.
                         CAROL
               Back home we just joined a
               marvelous tennis club and Paul says
               you play. Does Gil?
                          INEZ
               I can't introduce him to tennis -
               Daddy's having the damndest time
               pressuring him to learn golf.
                          PAUL
               Is he a good writer?     Have you read
               his prose?
                          INEZ
               He won't let anybody -
                          PAUL
               If he wants I'd be glad to go over
               his novel and critique it for him.
                          INEZ
               That's what he needs, to have it
               read by someone who really knows
               and wouldn't pull any punches. The
               problem is - when it comes to his
               writing he has no respect for
               anyone's opinion.
                                                        CUT TO:
                                                              18


     EXT. STREET - NIGHT
17                                                             17

     Gil walks street, obviously lost.

     EXT. LOVELY SPOT - NIGHT
18                                                             18

     Gil wanders. Eventually he is at a lovely spot. Perhaps by
     the river, the bridge - or somewhere else but he's just
     wandering lost. Finally he looks at his watch.
     Either by his watch or a nearby building clock, the hands
     move to exactly midnight. perhaps midnight chimes somewhere.
     At precisely that moment a car happens to pull up along side
     him. Inside are TWO MEN and TWO WOMAN - elegant - they have
     champagne and glasses and they pour from the open bottle and
     drink happily.
                         DOUG
               Come on - get in.
                           GIL
               Huh?
                         DENISE
                   (speaking with French
                    accent)
               Let's go, we're late.
                         GIL
               You have the wrong person.
                         DENISE
               Mais non, pas de tout - allez
               montez -
                         GIL
               Look, I'm a little drunk -
                         DOUG
               C'mon - for god's sake - we can't
               sit here all night.
                         GIL
               This is a great old peugeot. I have
               a friend in Beverly Hills who has
               the same one - he collects -
                         DENISE
               Let's go.
                   (dragging him in)
               We have so many parties to go to.
                                                           19
18   CONTD:                                                    18
                          GIL
               What parties?
                         DOUG
                                      a
               Venez - la prochain        gauche.
                         DENISE
               Here - you need some champagne -
     Gil gets in.   They shut door and pull off.
                                                     CUT TO:

     INT/EXT. CAR - NIGHT
19                                                             19

                         GIL
               Where are we going?
                         PHIL
               36 rue de (tbd address) and lets
               hurry.
                          GIL
               It's not fair - my head is swimming
               from wine.
                         DENISE
                   (refilling glass of
                    champagne)
               Prenez du champagne - detendez-vous
               un peu.
                         GIL
               I do like champagne.
                         DENISE
               The night is young - drink up,
               drink up, drink up.
                         GIL
               I'm drinking up.
     He drinks, befuddled.
                                                     CUT TO:
                                                             20


     EXT. LEFT BANK STREET - NIGHT
20                                                               20

     Car pulling up at some great old street. They all get out
     and take him inside to a party in progress.
                                                       CUT TO:

     INT. PARTY - NIGHT
21                                                               21

     There is a mixture of elegant plus bohemian types. In the
     background a MAN sits at the piano singing a Cole Porter
     tune. Gil looks at the revelers. A few CUTS. Music plays.
     Finally A WOMAN comes over to Gil.
                          ZELDA
                    (glass in hand drinking)
               You look lost.
                        GIL
               You're American.
                         ZELDA
               If you count Alabama as America
               which I do. I miss the bathtub
               gin. What do you do?
                         GIL
               Oh I - I'm a writer.
                         ZELDA
               What do you write?
                         GIL
               Right now I'm working on a novel.
                         ZELDA
               Oh yes? I'm Zelda by the way. Oh
               Scott - Scott come over here.
               Here's a writer from, where?
                         GIL
               California.
                          SCOTT
                   (Scott joins)
               Scott Fitzgerald, and who are you
               old sport?
                         GIL
               I'm Gil Pen - oh you two have the
               same names as -
                                                     21
     CONTD:
21                                                    21

                         SCOTT
              As what?
                        GIL
              Scott Fitzgerald and -
                        SCOTT
                  (drinking)
              Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. The
              Fitzgeralds. Isn't she beautiful?
                        GIL
              Yes - its a coincidence.   I mean it
              is a funny coincidence.
                        ZELDA
              You have a glazed look in your eye.
              Stunned, stupefied, anesthetized,
              lobotomized -
                        GIL
              I - I - I keep thinking that man at
              the piano - believe it or not I
              recognize his face from some old
              sheet music - what am I talking
              about here?
                        ZELDA
              I know if I put my mind to it I
              could be one of the great writers
              of musical lyrics not that I can
              write melodies - and I try - and
              then I hear the songs he writes and
              I realize I'll never write a great
              lyric and that my talent really
              lies in drinking.
                        GIL
              Yes but - he didn't write that song
              - did he? That's not possible -
                        SCOTT
              What kind of books do you write?
                        GIL
              I - I - I - I'm - I'm working on a -
              exactly where am I?
                        SCOTT
              I'm sorry - Don't you know the
              host? Some friends have gotten
              together a little party for Jean
              Cocteau.
                                                                  22
      CONTD: (2)
21                                                                    21

                              GIL
                        (looks around, drinks it
                         in)
                   Hey lady, are you kidding me?
                              ZELDA
                   I know what you're thinking - this
                   is boring - I agree - I'm ready to
                   move on - let's do Bricktop's,
                   Scott, I'm bored, he's bored, we're
                   all bored.
                             SCOTT
                   Whatever you say, sweetheart. See
                   if Cole and Linda want to come
                   with. Coming?
      Gil stares open mouthed.
                                                            CUT TO:

      INT/EXT. CAR - NIGHT                                            22
22

      Shot of group (Gil, Cole Porter, Fitzgeralds) piled into
      period open top car tearing down a Parisian street. (Note: we
      can include Denise and Doug or Phil if we want)
                                                            CUT TO:

      INT. BRICKTOP'S CLUB - NIGHT
23                                                                    23

      The group is watching someone like Josephine Baker.     Gil is
      stunned by it all. The Fitzgerald's drink a lot.
                                                            CUT TO:

      EXT. CAFE #3 - NIGHT                                        A24
A24

      Group entering cafe.

      INT. CAFE #3 - NIGHT
24                                                                    24

      A little late night cafe, very bohemian.     Scott, Zelda and
      Gil enter, the group having thinned out.     The Fitzgeralds
      drink a lot.
                             ZELDA
                   Une bouteille de bourbon.
                                                      23
     CONTD:
24                                                    24

                         SCOTT
                   (stops at another table)
              Greetings and salutations. You'll
              forgive me - I've been mixing grain
              and grappa иии This is Gil - Gil?
              Yes, Gil.
                        GIL
              Gil Pender.
                           HEMINGWAY
              Hemingway.
                           GIL
              Hemingway?     Hey, is this some kind
              of a -
                        HEMINGWAY
              You liked my book?
                        GIL
              Liked - I loved - everything you
              wrote -
                        HEMINGWAY
              Yes it was a good book because it
              was an honest book and that's what
              war does to men and there's nothing
              fine and noble about dying in the
              mud unless you die gracefully and
              then it's not only noble but brave.
                        GIL
              Ernest Hemingway - this is - I -
                        HEMINGWAY
                  (introduces his drinking
                   partner)
              Say hello to Pender - the bulls in
              the ring don't frighten Belmonte -
              he's killed many brave ones. Fine
              brave bulls.
                        GIL
              I'm sure - good bulls, true
              bulls иии
                        HEMINGWAY
              Why are you smiling?
                                                        24
     CONTD: (2)
24                                                       24

                             SCOTT
                       (drinks)
                  In New York you can't buy this - it
                  can only be made in a bathtub - and
                  some of the bathtub mixtures are
                  damn good -
                       (to Zelda)
                  Isn't that so? She prefers her
                  hootch from a homemade still - more
                  kick.
                             ZELDA
                       (to Hemingway)
                  Did you read my story?   What did
                  you think?
                            HEMINGWAY
                  It began well - really well - then
                  it became weak.
                            ZELDA
                  I might've known you'd hate it.
                            SCOTT
                  Darling you're too sensitive.
                            ZELDA
                  You liked the story but he hates
                  me.
                            HEMINGWAY
                  There was some fine writing but it
                  was not fulfilled.
                            SCOTT
                  Please old sport - you make matters
                  extremely difficult.
                             ZELDA
                  I'm jumpy - suddenly I don't like
                  the atmosphere here anymore.
                      (to Belmonte)
                  Where are you going?
                            JUAN BELMONTE
                  Para reunirse con amigos en el St.
                  Germain ...

                            ZELDA
                  He's going to St. Germain.   I'm
                  going with him.
                                                        25
     CONTD: (3)
24                                                      24

                             SCOTT
                  Zelda -
                             ZELDA
                  If you're going to stay and drink
                  with him I'm going with the
                  toreador.
                            SCOTT
                      (to a polite Belmonte)
                  Get her back at a reasonable time.
     They go.
                            HEMINGWAY
                  She'll drive you crazy, this woman.
                            SCOTT
                  She's exciting - and she has
                  talent.
                            HEMINGWAY
                  This month it's writing, last month
                  it was something else. You're a
                  writer - you need time to write -
                  not all this playing around - she's
                  wasting you - because she's really
                  a competitor - don't you agree?
                             GIL
                  Me?   I just met -
                            HEMINGWAY
                  Speak up for Christ's sake. I'm
                  asking you if you think my friend
                  is making a tragic mistake.
                            GIL
                  Actually I don't know the
                  Fitzgeralds that well -
                             HEMINGWAY
                  You're a writer - you make
                  observations - you were with them
                  all night.
                             SCOTT
                  Can we not discuss my personal life
                  in public?
                                                       26
24                                                      24
     CONTD: (4)

                            HEMINGWAY
                  She has him on yachts, at parties,
                  jumping into swimming pools
                  you're wasting your talent.
                             SCOTT
                  You don't understand her.
                             HEMINGWAY
                       (to Gil)
                  She's jealous of his gift and it's
                  a damn fine gift. It's rare. You
                  like his work? You can speak
                  freely.
                             SCOTT
                  Stop it.
                            HEMINGWAY
                  You like Mark Twain?
                            GIL
                  I do - very much.
                             SCOTT
                  I'm going to find Zelda. I don't
                  like the thought of her with the
                  Spaniard.
                      (stumbles out)
                            HEMINGWAY
                  He's a fine writer, Fitzgerald.
                  You box?
                             GIL
                  No.
                            HEMINGWAY
                  What are you writing?
                             GIL
                  A novel.
                            HEMINGWAY
                  About what?
                            GIL
                  A man who works in a nostalgia
                  shop.
                            HEMINGWAY
                  What the hell's a nostalgia shop?
                                                         27
     CONTD: (5)
24                                                       24

                            GIL
                  Where they sell old things -
                  memorabilia. Does that sound
                  terrible to you?
                            HEMINGWAY
                  No subject is terrible if the story
                  is true. If the prose is clean and
                  honest and if it affirms courage
                  and grace under pressure.
                            GIL
                  Would you do me the biggest favor
                  in the world - I can't even ask иии
                            HEMINGWAY
                  What?
                            GIL
                  Would you read it?
                            HEMINGWAY
                  Your novel?
                            GIL
                  It's only about four hundred pages -
                  if you could just give me your
                  opinion.
                            HEMINGWAY
                  My opinion is I hate it.
                            GIL
                  You do?
                            HEMINGWAY
                  If it's bad I'll hate it because I
                  hate bad writing and if it's good
                  I'll be envious and hate it all the
                  more. You don't want the opinion
                  of another writer.
                            GIL
                  But there's no one I really trust
                  to evaluate it -
                            HEMINGWAY
                  Writers are competitive.
                            GIL
                  I could never compete with you -
                                                        28
     CONTD: (6)
24                                                      24

                            HEMINGWAY
                  You're too self-effacing - it's not
                  manly. If you're a writer, declare
                  yourself the best writer - but
                  you're not the best as long as I'm
                  around. Unless you want to put the
                  gloves on and settle it.
                            GIL
                  No - no - that's okay -
                            HEMINGWAY
                  I won't read your novel but I'll
                  tell you what I'll do.
                            GIL
                  Yes?
                            HEMINGWAY
                  I'll bring it over to Gertrude
                  Stein. She's the only one I trust
                  to read my work. No one discovers
                  new talent like Gert - whether it's
                  poetry, painting, music - She'll
                  tell you if you have a book or not.
                            GIL
                  You could have Gertrude Stein read
                  my novel?
                            HEMINGWAY
                  Give it to me.
                            GIL
                  I have to get it.   It's at the
                  hotel.
                            HEMINGWAY
                  She gets back from Spain tomorrow.
                            GIL
                      (rises)
                  I'm so thrilled - my heart is
                  beating. I'll go home and get it -
                  I'll give it to you - I can't tell
                  you what this means to me.
                  To have Gertrude Stein read my
                  novel - thank you, thank you -
     He exits the place.
                                                              29


     EXT. CAFE #3 - NIGHT
25                                                               25

                         GIL
               Calm yourself - get a grip, Gil -
               deep breaths - been quite a night -
               Fitzgerald - Hemingway - the
               Hemingway - Papa - where do I meet
               him - he never said.
     Gil goes to return to the cafe - he can't find the door, nor
     the club facade. It's gone.
     We are in the present and he searches the wall of a facade
     where he came out but he is in despair over the fact he can't
     find it.
                                                       CUT TO:

     INT. HOTEL SUITE - DAY
26                                                               26

     Next morning.   Gil and Inez probably dressing.
                         INEZ
               Lucky you didn't go last night.
               You'd have hated the music and the
               crowd - but I had fun.
                            GIL
               Uh-huh.
                         INEZ
               What are you thinking?   You seem in
               a daze.
                         GIL
               If I told you I was with Ernest
               Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald last
               night, what would you say?
                         INEZ
               Is that what you were dreaming
               about? Your literary idols.
                         GIL
               But if I wasn't dreaming -
                         INEZ
               What does that mean?
                                                           30
     CaNTO:
26                                                          26

                         GIL
               If I told you I spent time with
               Hemingway and Fitzgerald and Cole
               Porter -
                          INEZ
               I'd be thinking brain tumor.
                          GIL
               Can I tell you Zelda Fitzgerald is
               exactly as we've come to know her
               from articles and books - she's
               mercurial and moody and she does
               not get along with Hemingway - and
               Scott knows Hemingway's right about
               it but you can see how conflicted
               he is because he loves her -
                         INEZ
               Right, right - er where's my cold
               cream - we should knock off the
               idle chatter because we're going to
               be late.
                          GIL
               Actually I wanted to stay and work
               on my novel - it needs a little
               polishing.
                         INEZ
               You can work on it later. And we
               can use Mom's decorator's discount.
                                                     CUT TO:

     INT. ANTIQUE STORE - DAY
27                                                             27

     Helen, Inez and Gil in antique store.
                         HELEN
               Come look at this Inez - wouldn't
               this be charming for a Malibu beach
               house?
                         OWNER
               Dix-huit mille.
                         HELEN
                   (to Inez)
               It's a steal at eighteen thousand
               dollars.
                                                       31
     CONTD:
27                                                      27

                         GIL
              Eighteen thousand dollars?
                        HELEN
              Oh wait, that's Euros so it's more -
                        INEZ
              That's over twenty thousand
              dollars, Mom.
                         HELEN
              Yes but it's very hard to find
              anything like this at home.
                        INEZ
              She's right, Gil.
                        GIL
              Yes but we haven't even found a
              house yet and I'm trying to keep
              expenses down so I can turn down
              jobs.
                        HELEN
              You get what you pay for.     Cheap is
              cheap.
                        GIL
              I know you love Malibu but -
                        INEZ
                  (sotto seductively)
              Did you ever make love in a chaise
              like this? Imagine the
              possibilities.
                        GIL
              Er - of course when you think of it
              that way it does help amortize the
              eighteen grand.
                        HELEN
              And don't forget - we're taking you
              to dinner tonight at (*tbd).
                        INEZ
              Great.
                        GIL
                  (sotto to Inez)
              And after I have a terrific
              surprise for you.
                                                                   32
     CONTD: (2)
27                                                                  27

                             INEZ
                  What?   I'm not big on surprises.
                            GIL
                  You will be. Believe me.
                            HELEN
                  Look at these marvelous
                  Blackamoors. I see them in your
                  living room.
                                                            CUT TO:l

     EXT. LOVELY SPOT - NIGHT
28                                                                     28

     Gil and Inez arriving at the spot he was picked up by car.
     He waits nervously.
                             INEZ
                  Where are you taking me?   You made
                  me rush through dinner. Dad wasn't
                  finished with his profiteroles.
                            GIL
                  You're going on one of the most
                  amazing adventures of your life.
                             INEZ
                  Where? And why are you carrying
                  around your manuscript.
                            GIL
                  You'll see - you'll see - and your
                  jaw will drop.
                                                        DISSOLVE TO:

     EXT. LOVELY SPOT - NIGHT
29                                                                     29

     They're still waiting with nothing happening.       Cars pass but
     no action.
                             INEZ
                  I don't know what it is you're
                  carrying on about but this is not
                  my idea of an amazing adventure.
                  I'm exhausted from the gym and the
                  massage.
                             GIL
                  Inez.
                                                                    33
     CaNTO:
29                                                                      29

                            INEZ
               Look - you want to walk the streets
               and "drink in Paris by night" - go
               ahead. I'm in the middle of a
               great book Carol lent me and if I'm
               asleep when you get in, don't wake
               me.
                    (she gets in cab)
                         GIL
                   (to himself)
               What am I doing wrong? Unless
               she's right and I need to see a
               neurologist. Left the wine tasting
               - a little high yes - right here.
     The clock begins to chime midnight.
                         GIL (CONT'D)
               I remember the river - the clock
               struck midnight - I - the clock
               struck midnight! Yes - On the dot
               of midnight I
     He looks at his watch which obviously confirms the chimes he
     hears.
     The period car comes - the door opens.        We hear Hemingway'S
     voice:
                            HEMINGWAY (V. o.   )
               Get in.
     Gil gets in, car pulls off

                                                              CUT TO:

     INT/EXT. CAR - NIGHT
30                                                                      30
     Only Gil and Hemingway.
                         HEMINGWAY
               The assignment was to take the
               hill. There were four of us.
                          (MORE)
                                                    34
     CONTD:
30                                                  30
                        HEMINGWAY (cont'd)
              Five if you counted Vincente but he
              had lost his hand when a grenade
              went off and he couldn't fight as
              he could when I first met him and
              he was young and brave and the hill
              was soggy from days of rain and
              sloped down toward a road and there
              were many German soldiers on the
              road and the idea was to aim at the
              first group and if our aim was true
              we could delay them.
                        GIL
              Weren't you scared?
                          HEMINGWAY
              Of what?
                        GIL
              Getting killed.
                        HEMINGWAY
              You'll never write well if you fear
              dying. Do you?
                        GIL
              It's my biggest fear.
                        HEMINGWAY
              But it's something all men before
              you have done and all men will do.
                          GIL
              Yes but -
                        HEMINGWAY
              Have you ever made love to a truly
              great woman?
                        GIL
              My fiance is very sexy.
                        HEMINGWAY
              And when you make love to her you
              feel true and beautiful passion and
              you at least for that moment lose
              your fear of death.
                         GIL
              I don't know about that -
                                                               35
      CaNTO: (2)
30                                                              30

                             HEMINGWAY
                   I believe that love that's true and
                   real creates a respite from death.
                   All cowardice comes from not loving
                   or not loving well which is the
                   same thing and when the man who is
                   brave and true looks death squarely
                   in the face like some rhino hunters
                   I know or Belmonte who is truly
                   brave, it is because they love with
                   sufficient passion to push death
                   out of their minds till it returns
                   as it does to all men and then you
                   must make really good love again.
                   Think about it.
                                                         CUT TO:

      EXT. GERTRUDE STEIN'S PLACE - NIGHT
A31                                                            A31

      Shot of them arriving at Gertrude Stein's.

      INT. GERTRUDE STEIN'S PLACE - NIGHT
31                                                                 31

      They enter.
                             HEMINGWAY
                   This is Gil Pender. He's a young
                   American writer. I thought you two
                   should know each other.
                             STEIN
                   I'm glad you're here. You can help
                   decide which of us is right and
                   which of us is wrong.
      She leads them into other room, introduces Gil.
                             STEIN (CONT'D)
                   This is Gil -
                             GIL
                   Pender.
                             STEIN
                   Pablo Picasso.
      They ad-lib greetings. Picasso speaks French and is with a
      beautiful girl - Adriana.
                                                     36
     CONTD:
31                                                    31

                        STEIN
              I was just telling Pablo that this
              portrait doesn't capture Adriana.
              It has universality but no
              objectivity.
                        PABLO
              Vous ne le comprenez pas
              correctment. Vous ne connaissez
              pas Adriana mais c'est tout ce qui
              la represente.
                         STEIN
              No tu n'a pas raison. Look how
              he's done her - dripping with
              sexual innuendo. Carnal to the
              point of smoldering and yes she's
              beautiful but it's a subtle beauty -
              an implied sensuality.
                   (to Gil)
              What is your first impression of
              Adriana?
                         GIL
                   (very taken)
              иииии Exceptionally lovely.
                         STEIN
              Belle, mais plus subtil plus
              implicite, Pablo.
                         HEMINGWAY
              You're right Gertrude - of course
              you can see why he's lost his
              objectivity.
                  (flirting with her)
                         STEIN
              You've made a creation of Place
              Pigalle, a whore with volcanic
              appetites.
                        PABLO
              Mais c'est comme elle est, si vous
              la connaissez.
                        STEIN
              Yes - avec vous en prive - because
              she's your lover - but we don't
              know her that way - so you make a
              petit bourgeoise judgment and turn
              her into an object of pleasure.
                         (MORE)
                                                              37
     CONTD: (2)
31                                                            31
                            STEIN (cont'd)
                  C'est plus comme une nature morte
                  qu'on portrait. It's more like a
                  still life than a portrait.
                            PABLO
                      (waves her off and goes to
                       get a drink)
                  Je ne suis pas d'accord.
                            STEIN
                      (turning to Gil)
                  And what about this book of yours
                  I've been hearing about?
                      (to Hemingway)
                  Have you read it?
                            HEMINGWAY
                  No, this I leave to you. You've
                  always been the best judge of my
                  work.
                             STEIN
                       (thumbing first page, she
                        reads)
                  "Out of the Past was the name of
                  the store and its products
                  consisted of memories. What was
                  prosaic and even vulgar to one
                  generation had been transmuted by
                  the mere passing of years to a
                  status at once magical and also
                  camp. "

                               ADRIANA
                  I love it.     I'm already - hooked?
                  Hooked.
                            STEIN
                  I'll start it tonight. But first
                  we have something to talk about.
     She collars Hemingway and they huddle to one side. Picasso
     has busied himself at a distant spot with a drink, sulking.
     This leaves Gil off with Adriana to chat.
                            GIL
                  Did my opening lines really get to
                  you that strongly?
                            ADRIANA
                  The past has always had a great
                  charisma for me.
                                                        38
     CONTD: (3)
31                                                       31

                               GIL
                  Me too.     I was born too late.
                               ADRIANA
                  Oui, exactement. For me Belle
                  Epoque Paris would have been
                  perfect. The whole sensibility,
                  the street lamps, the kiosks - the
                  horse and carriages. And Maxims -
                  then.
                            GIL
                  You speak very good English.
                               ADRIANA
                  No, not really.
                            GIL
                  Yes - and how long have you been
                  dating Picasso? My god, did I say
                  that?
                               ADRIANA
                  Pardon.
                            GIL
                  Oh - I - no, I didn't mean anything
                  - you know - to pry иии born in
                  Paris?
                               ADRIANA
                  I was born in Bordeaux - I moved
                  here to study fashion and - you
                  don't want to hear this -
                               GIL
                  No, I do.
                               ADRIANA
                  I came here - to study with Coco
                  Chanel - and I fell in love with
                  Paris and also a very dark eyed,
                  haunted, Jewish-Italian painter -
                  and I knew Amedeo had another woman
                  but still I couldn't resist moving
                  into his apartment when he asked
                  and it was a beautiful six months.
                            GIL
                  Not Modigliani? Was it Modigliani?
                  You lived with Modigliani?
                                                        39
     CONTD: (4)
31                                                      31

                            ADRIANA
                  You asked me so I'm telling you my
                  sad story. With Braque also there
                  was another woman - many - and now
                  with Pablo - I mean Pablo is
                  married but every day it's on
                  again, off again - I don't know how
                  any woman can stay with him - he's
                  so difficult.
                            GIL
                  My god you are a whole different
                  level of art groupie.
                            ADRIANA
                  Pardon.
                            GIL
                  Nothing - I'm -
                             ADRIANA
                  But tell me about yourself. Have
                  you come to Paris to write because
                  these days so many Americans feel
                  the need to move here. Isn't
                  Hemingway attractive? I love his
                  writing.
                             GIL
                  Actually I'm visiting.
                            ADRIANA
                  Oh you must stay here. It's a
                  wonderful city for artists and
                  writers.
                            GIL
                  Believe me, I want to but it's not
                  that simple.
                            ADRIANA
                  And I did fall madly in love with
                  the start of your book so I want to
                  hear the rest of it.
     Hemingway and Stein return.
                            HEMINGWAY
                  Come, let's all go for a drink up
                  at Montmartre.
                                                                40
     CONTD: (5)
31                                                               31

                            STEIN
                  We'll discuss your book as soon as
                  I finish it. Where can I reach
                  you?
                            GIL
                  Oh that's okay - I'll drop by -
                  it'll be easier for you - if that's
                  okay.
                            STEIN
                  We run an open house.
                            ADRIANA
                  You sure you won't come?
                            GIL
                      (checks watch)
                  I only wish I could but I can't -
                  but hopefully I'll see you again -
                            ADRIANA
                  That would be nice.
     Hemingway, Picasso and Adriana are going off - Hemingway
     flirtatious with her.
                             HEMINGWAY
                      (teasing Picasso)
                  One of these days I plan to steal
                  you away from this genius who's
                  great but no Miro.
                                                        CUT TO:

     EXT. HOTEL - NIGHT
32                                                                32

     Gil returning.
                                                        CUT TO:

     INT. HOTEL SUITE - NIGHT
33                                                                33

     Gil gets into bed with Inez. She's asleep and he lies awake
     thinking. He pinches himself to make sure he's awake.
                                                           41
     CONTD:
33                                                          33

                          GIL
                    (to himself)
               I'm Gil Pender - I was with
               Hemingway and Picasso - Pablo
               Picasso - Ernest Hemingway - I'm
               Gil Pender from Pasadena - the Cub
               Scouts - I failed freshman English
               - I'm Gil Pender and my novel is
               with Gertrude Stein - I once worked
               at The House of Pies. I'm little
               Gil Pender. And that girl was so
               lovely.
                                                     CUT TO:

     EXT. FLEA MARKET - DAY
34                                                             34

     Gil, Inez and Helen.

                         HELEN
               It's a shame you two didn't come to
               the movies last night. We saw a
               wonderfully funny American film. I
               forget the name.
                         GIL
               Wonderful but forgettable.     I've
               seen that picture.
                         HELEN
               I know it was moronic and infantile
               and lacking any wit or
               believability but John and I
               laughed in spite of ourselves.
                            INEZ
               What time did you get in?     I was
               dead asleep.
                          GIL
               Not late. I find these midnight
               strolls are very good for me
               creatively - without the
               distractions of the day - I'll
               probably take another long walk
               tonight.
                            INEZ
               We'll see.     Oh how about this?
                                                              42
     CONTD:
34                                                            34

                         HELEN
               Oh look at these wonderful glass
               figures.
     As they're preoccupied, Gil is caught up by a woman who plays
     some old 78 records on an old phonograph and she's playing
     the Cole Porter tune Cole was playing the other night.
                         GABRIELLE
               C'est jolie, no.
                         GIL
               Yes - very beautiful.
                         GABRIELLE
               Cole Porter. Vous aimez - you like
               Cole Porter?
                         GIL
               Love his music - we're very close -
               Cole, Linda and I.
     She gives him a look.
                         GABRIELLE
               Very pretty and tres amusant.
     He listens. Inez comes over.
                          INEZ
               Gil - Gil - Gil?
                            GIL
                      (coming out if, realizing
                       she's been talking to
                       him)
               Huh?
                         INEZ
               We should go. We're meeting Paul
               and Carol for a private showing at
               the museum.
                          GIL
               With the same sharp guide?
                         INEZ
               It's a different museum and we
               don't need a guide. Paul's an
               expert on Monet.
                          (MORE)
                                                                    43
34                                                                   34
      CONTD: (2)
                              INEZ (cont'd)
                   We can see all those beautiful
                   water lilies at his home.
                                                              CUT TO:

      INT. L'ORANGERIE MUSEUM - DAY
35                                                                      35

      Paul, Carol, Inez and Gil in circular room with huge Monets.
                             PAUL
                   The juxtaposition of color is
                   amazing. This man was the real
                   father of abstract expressionism.
                   I take that back, maybe Turner.
                             INEZ
                   I prefer Monet. I mean I love
                   Turner but this is overwhelming.
                             PAUL
                   If I'm not mistaken it took him two
                   years to complete this. And he
                   worked out at Giverny - where he
                   frequently -
                             GIL
                   They say Monet used to -
                            INEZ
                   Shhh. I want to hear what Paul's
                   saying.
                             PAUL
                   He was frequently visited by
                   Caillebotte - an artist I
                   personally feel was underrated.
                             CAROL
                   I find Monet almost too pretty -
                   like Renoir - sometimes it's
                   cloying.
                                                         DISSOLVE TO:

      INT. ANOTHER FLOOR OF THE MUSEUM - DAY                        A36
A36

                              PAUL
                        (coming to Picasso's
                         portrait of Adriana)
                   Ah - now here's a superb Picasso.
                                                            44
      CONTD:                                                A36
A36

      Gil is stunned.
                          PAUL (CONT'D)
                If I'm not mistaken he painted this
                marvelous portrait of his French
                mistress Madeline Brissou in the
                twenties.
                          GIL
                Er - I have to differ with you on
                this one.
                          PAUL
                Really?
                          INEZ
                Gil pay attention and you'll learn
                something.
                           GIL
                If I'm not mistaken this was a
                failed attempt to capture a young
                French girl named Adriana - from
                Bordeaux - if my art history serves
                me - came to Paris to study costume
                design for the theatre. Believe
                she had a brief affair with
                Modigliani - then Braque - that's
                where Pablo met her - er Picasso.
                You'd never know it from this
                portrait but she's quite subtly
                beautiful.
                          INEZ
                What have you been smoking?
                          GIL
                And I'd hardly call the picture
                superb. It's more of a petit
                bourgeoise statement of how Pablo
                er Picasso sees her, saw her - he's
                distracted by the fact she was a
                volcano in the sack.
                                                      CUT TO:

      INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT
36                                                              36

      John, Helen and Inez finishing fancy dinner.
                          JOHN
                Too rich for me.
                                                         45
     CONTD:
36                                                        36

                            HELEN
                  Where did Gil run off to?
                            INEZ
                  Work - he likes to walk around
                  Paris - the way the city is all lit
                  up at night allegedly inspires him -
                  It's okay. Paul and I are going
                  dancing.
                            HELEN
                  Where's Carol?
                            INEZ
                  In bed with a bad oyster.
                       (rising)
                  See you later. Thanks for dinner
                  Dad.

     She exits.
                            JOHN
                  Where does Gil go every night?
                            HELEN
                  You heard her. He walks and gets
                  ideas.
                            JOHN
                  Uh-huh.
                            HELEN
                  You sound skeptical.
                            JOHN
                  I don't know. I see what he earns
                  but sometimes I think he's got a
                  part missing. And I didn't like
                  his remark about tea party
                  Republicans. They're decent people
                  who want to take back the country -
                  they're not crypto-fascist, airhead
                  zombies. Did you hear him say
                  that?
                             HELEN
                  Nevertheless I hardly think your
                  idea of having him followed is
                  practical.
                                                                   46
     CONTD: (2)
36                                                                  36

                            JOHN
                  No? I'd like to know where he goes
                  every night.
                             HELEN
                  Well we know one thing - he doesn't
                  go dancing.
                                                         CUT TO:

     INT. FITZGERALD'S PARTY - NIGHT
37                                                                  37

     Gil dancing with a woman at Fitzgerald's party.    He stops
     finally and Adriana wanders over.
                            ADRIANA
                  Hello again? How nice you're here.
                             GIL
                  I was at Gertrude Stein's - she's
                  almost finished with my novel. And
                  the Fitzgeralds invited me over and
                  said you'd be here - you and Pablo.
                            ADRIANA
                  Pablo's home - we had a bit of a
                  quarrel. But you looked like you
                  were having fun dancing with Djuna
                  Barnes.
                            GIL
                  That was Djuna Barnes?   No wonder
                  she wanted to lead.
                            ADRIANA
                  Isn't this a wonderful place to
                  throw a party - only the
                  Fitzgeralds would think of it.
                  Look - this is from the turn of the
                  century. Everything was so
                  beautiful then.
     Hemingway coming over now.    He squeezes Adriana playfully
     flirtatious.
                             HEMINGWAY
                  Isn't this little Parisienne dream
                  a movable feast? Mark my words -
                  I'm going to steal you from that
                  fugitive from Malaga one way or the
                  other.
                             (MORE)
                                                          47
     CONTD:
37                                                         37
                        HEMINGWAY (cont'd)
                  (referring to his
                   companion of the moment)
              Between Belmonte and myself - which
              of us would you choose?
                        ADRIANA
              Vous etes tous deux tres
              impressionants.
                        HEMINGWAY
              But he has more courage. He faces
              death more directly and more often
              and if you chose him I would be
              disappointed but understand.
                        JUAN BELMONTE
              Por desgracia para ambos ella ha
              elegido Pablo.
                        HEMINGWAY
              Yes, she's chosen Picasso - But
              Pablo thinks women are only to
              paint or sleep with.
                         ADRIANA
              And you?
                         HEMINGWAY
              I think women are the equal of men
              in courage. Have you ever shot a
              charging lion?
                         ADRIANA
              Never.
                        HEMINGWAY
              Have you ever hunted?
                  (to Gil)
              Have you?
                        GIL
              Only for bargains.
                         BELMONTE
                  (to Hemingway)
              venga - tomemos otra copa.
                         GIL
                   (to Adriana)
              Would you like to maybe take a
              walk?
                                                    CUT TO:
                                                            48


     EXT. PLACE DAUPHINE - NIGHT
38                                                              38

     Gil and Adriana walk.
                         GIL
               I hope it was nothing serious with
               you and Pablo?
                         ADRIANA
               He's moody and possessive.   Artists
               are all like children.
                         GIL
               I understand why they all want to
               paint you - you're so damn
               interesting to look at in a lovely
               way.
                         ADRIANA
               And you're interesting in a lost
               way. Tell me more about your book.
                         GIL
               I don't want to talk about my book.
               I want to enjoy Paris by night.
                         ADRIANA
               I keep forgetting, you're only a
               tourist.
                         GIL
               That's putting it mildly.
                                                      CUT TO:

     EXT. MONTAGE/PARIS - NIGHT
39                                                              39

     Adriana is showing him around.
                         ADRIANA
               I can never decide whether Paris is
               more beautiful by day or by night.
                         GIL
               There's no book or painting, or
               symphony or sculpture that can
               rival a great city. All these
               streets and boulevards as a special
               art form.
                          (MORE)
                                                             49
     CONTD:
39                                                            39
                          GIL (cont'd)
               When you think in the cold,
               violent, meaningless universe Paris
               exists - these lights - I mean
               nothing's happening on Jupiter or
               Neptune or out beyond - but from
               way out in space you can see these
               lights in the whole dark void - the
               cafes, people drinking and dancing -
               I mean for all we know this town is
               the hottest spot in the entire
               universe -
                         ADRIANA
               Vous avez l'ame d'un poete.
                         GIL
               You're very kind. I would not call
               my babbling poetic.
                                                       CUT TO:

     OMITTED
40                                                               40


     EXT. PLACE PIGALLE - NIGHT
41                                                               41

     Gil and Adriana are here with the street lined with
     prostitutes.
                         ADRIANA
               See anything you like?
                          GIL
               I'm ashamed to admit I'm attracted
               to all of them. I like cheap-sexy.
               I know it's shallow.
                         ADRIANA
               When I was in Catholic school, one
               weekend, my roommate and I paid one
               of the girls of Pigalle to come
               teach us all her tricks.
                         GIL
               Well, that's the most interesting
               thing I've ever heard in my life -
               I'd like to think about that for
               awhile.
                                                       CUT TO:
                                                              50


     EXT. RIVER - NIGHT
42                                                                42

     Gil and Adriana walking by the river.
                         ADRIANA
               I love that the main character in
               your book sells memories.
                         GIL
               Because he believes in his soul
               that progress is not automatically
               for the better.
                         ADRIANA
               Often quite the opposite.
                         GIL
               Say - is that who I think it is?
                         ADRIANA
               What is she doing here? And why is
               she staring into the river.
     They see a distraught woman contemplating jumping into the
     river. Upon running to her, it's Zelda.
                          ADRIANA
               Oh gosh!   My god - what are you
               doing?
                          ZELDA
               Please leave me alone.   I don't
               want to live.
                         ADRIANA
               What is it? What's going on?
                          ZELDA
               It all became clear to me tonight.
               Scott and that beautiful Countess -
               it was so obvious they were
               whispering about me and the more
               they drank the more he fell in love
               with her.
                         GIL
               Scott loves only you. I can tell
               you with absolute certainty.
                          ZELDA
               No, he's tired of me.
                                                   51
     CONTD:
42                                                 42

                        GIL
              No you're wrong. I know.
                            ZELDA
              How?   How?
                            GIL
              Trust me.      I know.
                        ZELDA
              But you just met us. How can you
              know anything. My skin hurts. I
              hate the way I look.
                            GIL
              Take this.
                  (pill)
                        ZELDA
              What is this?
                        GIL
              A Valium - it'll calm you down.
                        ADRIANA
              You carry medicine?
                         GIL
              Only since Inez and I became
              engaged. I've had these anxiety
              attacks - I'm sure after the
              wedding they'll subside.
                        ZELDA
              I never heard of Valium.   What is
              this?
                        GIL
              Er - it's the pill of the future.
                        ZELDA
              But pills wear off - and then it
              all comes back. No, I won't kill
              myself. I'll write and I'll write
              more passionately than Scott. I'll
              work harder.
                        ADRIANA
              He loves you. He's not with that
              woman. She's already on her way
              back to Rome.
                                                               52
     CONTD: (2)
42                                                                 42

                            GIL
                  I'll try and score some more for
                  you. And I have some Xanax at the
                  hotel - it's another one you'll
                  like.
                            ADRIANA
                  Come on, we'll find a taxi. We'll
                  see you home - things will be
                  better in the morning.
                                                         CUT TO:

     INT. BOHEMIAN CAFE - NIGHT
43                                                                 43

                            ADRIANA
                  You never said you were getting
                  married.
                            GIL
                  Yes - I - I mean it's in the
                  future.
                            ADRIANA
                  Well good luck with your book and
                  your wedding.
                            GIL
                  You'd like Inez - she has a sharp
                  sense of humor - and she's sexy -
                  not that we agree on everything.
                            ADRIANA
                  But the important things.
                             GIL
                  Actually the small things - the
                  important things we don't - she'd
                  like to live in Malibu and that I'd
                  work in Hollywood - but I will say
                  we both like - er - er Indian food -
                  not all Indian food - pita bread -
                  we both like pita bread -
                            ADRIANA
                      (rising)
                  I should go. Pablo will be missing
                  me.
                            GIL
                  I'll walk you home -
                                                             53
     CONTD:
43                                                           43

                          ADRIANA
               NO, no иии Finish your drink.      I
               live just around the corner.
                         GIL
               No, I wouldn't think -
                         ADRIANA
               I'd prefer to be by myself for
               awhile. Thank you for this
               evening.

     And she goes. He's stressed, thinks. Presently Salvador Dali
     comes to table.
                         DALI
               We met earlier tonight.    At the
               party.
                         GIL
               Yes - I remember -
                         DALI
               Dali - si? Dali! Dali!      Une
               bouteille de vin rouge I
     waiter scurries for one.
                         DALI (CONT'D)
               You like the shape of the
               rhinoceros?
                         GIL
               A rhinoceros?    I never thought
               about it.
                          DALI
               I paint rhinoceros. I paint you -
               sad eyes - big lips - melting over
               hot sand - with one tear - yes -
               and in your tear - Christ's face.
               And rhinoceros.
                         GIL
               I'm sure I look sad. I'm in a very
               perplexing situation.
                         DALI
               Everyone is in perplexing situation
               - to be or not to be - this is
               ultimate perplexing question - you
               agree? Ah - here they are -
                                                                  54
     CONTD: (2)
43                                                                 43

     Bufiuel, Man Ray enter and the table enlarges as they sit.
     Dali introduces them to Gil.
                            GIL
                  My god, I own a surrealist print -
                  only a print by Magritte.
                            DALI
                  Pender - Pen-der - Pen-derrr - and
                  I am Da-li. Pender is in
                  perplexing situation.
                            GIL
                  It sounds so crazy when I say it
                  and you'll think I'm drunk but I've
                  got to tell someone I'm from a
                  different time - a whole other era -
                  the future - and I pass from the
                  two thousandth millennium to here -
                  a car picks me up - I slide through
                  time -
                            MAN RAY
                  Exactly correct - you inhabit two
                  worlds - so far I see nothing
                  strange.
                             GIL
                  Look, you're sur-realists - but I'm
                  a normal guy - See, in one life I'm
                  engaged to marry a woman I love -
                  at least I think I love her.
                  Christ, I'm supposed to love her if
                  I'm marrying her.
                            DALI
                  Love - the word love - love - the
                  word love - same as the word
                  rhinoceros - the rhinoceros makes
                  love by mounting the female - but
                  is there difference in beauty
                  between two rhinoceroses?
                            MAN RAY
                  But there is nothing more sur-real
                  than the human heart.
                            DALI
                  Past is also present.
                                                        55
     CONTD: (3)
43                                                       43

                            GIL
                  In a dream - which is fine for you
                  because you guys dabble in dreams.
                            MAN RAY
                  There is another woman?
                            GIL
                  Adriana is her name. And I felt
                  drawn to her - but it wouldn't
                  matter - men much greater than me,
                  profound artists - she's drawn to
                  geniuses - and they to her.
                            DALI
                  I see you with Christ - he is
                  smiling while you are crucified on
                  the heavy wooden cross of self-
                  doubt.
                            GIL
                  Of course my biggest problem is
                  reality.
                            BuNuEL
                  Reality is nothing more than a
                  dream - we all exist in the dream
                  of a dog.
                            GIL
                  I was born in the wrong time.
                             DALI
                  Time is all the mind. Time melts -
                  the watches melt - the hands of the
                  clock melt иии
                            MAN RAY
                  A man in love with a woman from a
                  different era. I see a photograph.
                            BuNuEL
                  I see a movie.
                             GIL
                  I see an insurmountable problem.
                            DALI
                  I see - a rhinoceros.
                                                                 56


     INT. HOTEL SUITE - DAY
44                                                                   44

     Next morning.   Room service breakfast.
                             INEZ
               Did you get much work done last
               night?
                         GIL
               Er - some - yes - I'm beginning to
               think my book may be too realistic -
               that I've missed some chances to
               let my imagination run wild and not
               be so damn logical иии
                             INEZ
               Shouldn't we be getting dressed?
                         GIL
               C'mere - you always look great in
               the morning.
                             INEZ
                   (she does)
               We'll be late.
                          GIL
               I have to work. I'm working like a
               demon but I can't resist you half
               dressed like that.

                             INEZ
               Paul says we have to see the
               countryside. He's taking us for
               lunch at this beautiful little inn.
               I know you like making love in the
               morning but I find it much sexier
               late afternoon - just before we go
               out to dinner. Except I always
               have to explain to my parents why
               your cheeks look radiant. Hey-
               I'm not going to force you. I know
               you're hot on your writing. I'll be
               happy when you finish this book and
               move on.
                                                           CUT TO:

     EXT. RODIN MUSEUM GARDEN - DAY
45                                                                   45

     Gil is near The Kiss.     He has tracked down the guide.
                                                    57
     CQNTD:
45                                                  45

                        GIL
              Hello - Bonjour - I'd like to ask
              you a question about Rodin.
                        GUIDE
              Yes?
                        GIL
              He loved his wife, he also loved
              his mistress - is it really
              possible to be in love with two
              women?
                        GUIDE
              He loved both in different ways.
                        GIL
              God it's so French. Er - you
              remember me?
                        GUIDE
              I do. Qui - you were with the
              group, the pedantic gentleman.
                        GIL
              Yeah, pedantic - perfect word.
              You're very observant. I need some
              advice. I'd like a woman's take. A
              French woman - an observant French
              woman. I met some woman that I
              very quickly became smitten with.
              Smitten?
                        GUIDE
              Uh-huh.
                        GIL
              I'm engaged to be married. I know
              Rodin had a wife and a mistress but
              I'm American - we can't handle that
              - we're monogamous.
                        GUIDE
              You're engaged and you met a new
              woman -
                         GIL
              Yes. Her name's Adriana. Right now
              she's living with Picas-- with a
              Spaniard - er he paints - fairly
              well. ии
                                                                 58
     CONTD: (2)
45                                                                45

                            GUIDE
                  Yes - and does she love him?   Or
                  you?
                            GIL
                  Love him or me? Well I hardly
                  think, me. But we've just met.
                  See, another very gifted man flirts
                  with her, a writer. All these
                  geniuses fall in love with her.
                  And what am I? And then of course
                  there's another big problem. I
                  can't exactly explain.
                            GUIDE
                  Yes?

                             GIL
                  I don't know whether to call it an
                  age difference - or a problem of
                  geography - I'm so messed up. I'm
                  not Hemingway, I'm not Picasso, I'm
                  not Rodin. I'm just a guy who was
                  born too late.
                                                          CUT TO:

     OMITTED
46                                                                   46


     EXT. STREET/INT. BUILDING - DAY
47                                                                   47
     John walks down a street and enters a building. As he goes
     up the stairs we learn it is the office of a private
     detective agency.
                                                          CUT TO:

     INT. AGENCY OFFICE - DAY
48                                                                   48

     John and M. DuBois, the head detective.     M. Tisserant, the
     second is present too.
                            JOHN
                  Here's his photo. I want to know
                  where he goes each night.
                            DUBOIS
                  What is your suspicion?
                                                            59
     CONTD:
48                                                           48

                         JOHN
               He's engaged to my daughter - to
               marry and I want to be certain
               she's making a wise decision.
               Naturally discretion is paramount.
                         DUBOIS
               You've come to the right place,
               monsieur. Monsieur Tisserant -
               will personally keep track of the
               gentleman and report back on his
               whereabouts at night.
                                                      CUT TO:

     EXT. LOVELY SPOT/INT. CAR - NIGHT
49                                                              49

     Gil getting into the car as usual at the same spot at
     midnight. Another man is in there. Tisserant is observing
     from his car.
                            TOM
               Come.
                         GIL
                   (gets in)
               Thanks for stopping.   Gil Pender.
                            TOM
               Tom Eliot.
                         GIL
               Tom Eliot? Tom - Stearns - T.S.
               Eliot? T.S. Eliot?
     SHOT of Gil entering car.
                         GIL (CONT'D)
               I'm stunned, stunned - Prufrock -
               my mantra -
     As the car pulls off, we hear Gil speaking.
                         GIL (CONT'D)(V.O)
               May I tell you where I come from
               they measure out their lives in
               coke spoons.
                                                      CUT TO:

     OMITTED
50                                                              50
                                                     60


     INT. GERTRUDE STEIN'S PLACE - NIGHT
51                                                    51

     Picasso present - dour.
                         STEIN
               Oh Pender - I'll get to your book
               in a moment. I finished it. We're
               just in the middle of a little
               personal crisis.
                         GIL
               I didn't mean to intrude.
                         STEIN
               No, it's no secret. Adriana has
               left Pablo and has flown to Africa
               with Ernest Hemingway.
                         GIL
               What?
                         PABLO
               Sabia que tenia una obsesi6n con
               este fanforr6n. Sobre esto
               discutimos.
                          STEIN
               Estoy seguro que regresara muy
               devoto.
                    (English to Gil)
               He took her hunting kudu but she'll
               be back to him - the sound of
               hyenas every night when you're
               trying to sleep in a tent gets on
               your nerves pretty quickly. Mt.
               Kilimanjaro is not Paris.
                         GIL
               They're on Mt. Kilimanjaro?
                          STEIN
               Now about your book. Very unusual
               indeed. In a way it's almost
               science fiction - fiction with all
               the futuristic devices - television
               sets, supersonic flight - and yet
               it's not typical science fiction -
               it's unique.
                          (MORE)
                                                            61
     CONTD:
51                                                           51
                          STEIN (cont'd)
               Nevertheless you have to get rid of
               all that technology - what's good
               about your book are the characters -
               the human questions - love -
               mortality - nobody cares about the
               technology, they care about the
               human heart. We all fear death and
               question our place in the universe.
               Unfortunately your book lapses into
               easy pessimism. I was having this
               conversation with Giacometti the
               other day - he's such a gloom
               monger.
                         GIL
               Still, those sculptures -
                          STEIN
               It's the artist's job not to
               succumb to despair but to find an
               antidote to the emptiness of
               existence. I find your voice clear
               and lively - don't be such a
               defeatist.
                                                      CUT TO:

     OMITTED
52                                                              52


     EXT. FRONT OF HOTEL - DAY
53                                                              53

     Inez, her mother and father loading into car.
                         HELEN
               Tell Gil to bring a suit because
               tomorrow night we'll be dining
               formal. Where's Gil.
                          INEZ
               I forgot to tell you. Gil is not
               going with us to Mont St. Michel.
                          JOHN
               Why not?   I don't understand it.
                          INEZ
               He writes, he rewrites, he rewrites
               his rewrites. He says Picasso
               never left his studio.
                          (MORE)
                                                               62
     CONTD:
53                                                                 53
                         INEZ (cont'd)
               I said, Gil, you have absolutely
               nothing in common with Picasso иии
               He just looks at me.
                         HELEN
               Well he's going to miss a great
               weekend.
                                                         CUT TO:

     OMITTED
54                                                                 54


     EXT. FLEA MARKET - DAY                                        55
55

     Gil browsing.   He listens to the old phonograph recordings.
                         GIL
               Any Cole Porter?
                         GABRIELLE
               Oh yes - I remember - he was your
               friend.
                         GIL
               I was kidding you realize.
                         GABRIELLE
               I did realize. You're a bit young.
                         GIL
               I'm surprised you're so familiar
               with his work.
                         GABRIELLE
               He wrote many songs about Paris -
               very beautiful.
                         GIL
               Yes - he was in love with your
               hometown. You're a Parisiene?
                         GABRIELLE
               Oui monsieur.
                           GIL
               How much.
                         GABRIELLE
               Dix-huit euro.
                                                                    63
     CONTD:
55                                                                   55

     He pays.   Takes album.
                                                              CUT TO:

     OMITTED
56                                                                      56


     EXT. BOOK MARKET - DAY
57                                                                      57

     Gil at a place that has a bin of various old books more
     pretty than great - the kind people buy for the binding or
     plates.
     He picks up a pretty bound but totally wrecked book in the
     inside. It is slim, leather, torn up.
     He reads the title page in hand writing.     It reads:     "This
     diary belongs to Adriana Dupree."
                           GIL
                    (to customer)
                Can you translate this?   Speak
                English?
     customer shrugs.   Moves off.
                                                              CUT TO:

     EXT. NOTRE DAME GARDEN - DAY
58                                                                      58

     Gil with Museum Guide.    She's translating the diary into
     English.


                          GUIDE
                    (reading)
                That Paris exists and anyone could
                choose to live anywhere else in the
                world will always be a mystery to
                me.
     Turns pages.
                           GUIDE
                    (continuing)
                Dinner with Pablo and Henri
                Matisse. Pablo is the greater
                artist although Matisse is the
                greater painter.
                                                     64
     CONTD:
58                                                   58
                         GUIDE
                   (continuing)
               Paris in the summer - what it must
               have been like to sit opposite
               one's lover at Maxim's in it's
               heyday.
     Pages are torn and text cuts off.
                         GUIDE
                   (continuing)
               I am in love with an American
               writer I just met named Gil Pender.
     His eyes widen.
                          GUIDE
                    (continuing)
               That immediate magic one hears
               about happened to me. I know that
               both Picasso and Hemingway are in
               love with me but for whatever
               inexplicable reasons the heart has,
               I am drawn to Gil. Perhaps because
               he seems naive and unassuming.
                          GUIDE
                    (continuing)
               As always in this sad life he is
               about to marry a woman named Inez.
               I had a dream where he came to me
               and brought me a little gift -
               earrings they were - and we made
               love. perhaps it is just as well I
               accept Hemingway's offer to go to
               Africa. Life with Pablo is too
               full of conflict and I am
               suffocating under his genius. Why
               I need to go from one brilliant man
               to another is my weakness. Gil is
               different, perhaps not a genius but
               not moody and selfish like Pablo or
               Amedeo was. I think a trip to
               Africa with Hemingway would help
               get these feelings for Gil off my
               mind.
                         GUIDE
                   (finished reading)
               I don't understand. What is this?
                                                                65
     CONTD: (2)
58                                                               58

                             GIL
                  It's a little complicated to
                  explain. Thanks for translating -
                            GUIDE
                  The writer clearly has feelings for
                  this man Gil. That's your name,
                  no?
                            GIL
                  She finds him no genius - naive and
                  unassuming - that's not exactly
                  dazzling.
                            GUIDE
                  To some women naivete is   endearing.
                  And she's romantic. She    dreams of
                  Belle Epoque Paris and a   gift of
                  earrings and making love   with this
                  man.

     Gil stares, thinking.
                                                          CUT TO:

     INT. HOTEL SUITE - NIGHT
59                                                                  59

     Gil is sprucing up. He douses himself with aftershave,
     checks clock. It's eleven PM.
                             GIL
                       (to himself)
                  Eleven - let's see - where the hell
                  am I going to get earrings at this
                  hour?
                       (thinks)
                  I must improvise.
     He goes to Inez's jewelry box and picks out art nouveau
     earrings he knows Adriana would like. He grabs a box and
     gift wraps it quickly.
     Maybe it comes in a blue velvet box and he finds some colored
     paper. Gil writes card: To Adriana with love. He crosses
     it out - To Adriana avec amour.
     He gives a final check to himself and opens door to leave,
     running smack into Inez and both her parents, home from their
     trip prematurely.
                             GIL
                  Ohmigodl   What are you doing back?
                                                  66
     CONTD:
59                                                 59

                        INEZ
              Daddy got chest pains.
                         GIL
              Really?
                        JOHN
              I'm sure it's indigestion.
                        HELEN
              Well we can't take a chance.
                         INEZ
              Daddy had an angioplasty three
              years ago.
                        JOHN
              They put a balloon in me.    Big
              deal.
                         HELEN
                   (phone)
              Yes - I want the hotel doctor -
              suite 818.
                   (she trails off)
                        INEZ
              Why are you so dressed up?
                         GIL
              Me?   No - I was just writing.
                        INEZ
              You dress and put on cologne to
              write?
                        GIL
              I took a break and showered. I
              think better in the shower. All
              those positive ions.
                        INEZ
              We were halfway to Mont. St.
              Michele and Daddy started to look
              pale.
                        GIL
              That's terrible.
                        INEZ
              We turned right around.
                                                         67
     CONTD: (2)
59                                                        59

                            GIL
                  No - sure - is there anything I can
                  get you, John?
                            JOHN
                  I'm fine. I'm sure it's the beef
                  bourguignon.
                            INEZ
                  What's this.
                      (picking up gift)
                            GIL
                      (grabs it from her)
                  It's nothing - nothing -
                            INEZ
                  What is that?     It's a present.
                             GIL
                  Yes - yes иии it is. Because it's
                  gift wrapped иии but er - you're not
                  supposed to see that - it's a
                  surprise.
                            INEZ
                  You got me something?
                            GIL
                  It's nothing great - from the flea
                  market.
                            INEZ
                  Let me open it.
                            GIL
                  No! No - not now иии I got it for -
                  I mean to give it to you at a
                  special dinner - just leave it иии
                            INEZ
                  Now I'm dying of curiosity. If
                  it's jewelry I hope it's my taste -
                  not like the moonstone necklace.
                            GIL
                  You didn't like the moonstones?
                  They're understated yet elegant -
                      (to Helen)
                  Don't you always say that, ha,
                  ha .и.
                                                           68
     CONTD: (3)
59                                                          59

                            HELEN
                  Cheap is cheap is what I always
                  say.
                             INEZ
                  You never saw the necklace he got
                  me. I've never actually worn it.
                  You'll see why immediately.
     Opens her jewelry box, holds up moonstones.
                            GIL
                  I thought you'd like their
                  simplicity.
                             INEZ
                  That's just it, they're too simple.
                             HELEN
                  I agree.
                             INEZ
                  Hey - where are my art nouveau
                  earrings?
                            GIL
                  You probably didn't pack them.
                             INEZ
                  I've worn them here.
                            GIL
                  I guess you lost them.     They
                  probably dropped off.
                             INEZ
                  Both of them?     My ears are pierced.
                            HELEN
                  I told you to keep everything in
                  the hotel safe.
                             INEZ
                  You think it was the maid?
                            HELEN
                  It's always the maid.
                             INEZ
                  I remember seeing them there this
                  morning.
                                                       69
     CONTD: (4)
59                                                      59

                            HELEN
                  I would report the theft right
                  away.
                              INEZ
                  I'll bet it was that maid. She was
                  so snotty yesterday about turning
                  out the beds.
     She goes to phone.
                            GIL
                  Gee I wouldn't jump to any
                  conclusions. I mean an accusation
                  of theft.
                              INEZ
                       (phone)
                  I want to report a theft. I'd like
                  the house detective to please come
                  to room 818.
                              GIL
                  Oh god -
                              INEZ
                      (hangs up)
                  I didn't like that maid from the
                  first day, didn't I say that?
     Door rings.
                            GIL
                  The maid was very sweet.
                              INEZ
                      (opening door, doctor is
                       there)
                  Right. Take the side of the help
                  as usual. That's why Dad calls you
                  a Communist.
                            DOCTOR
                  I'm Dr. Gerard.
                            HELEN
                  Come in - he's right there иии
                              JOHN
                  I'm fine.
                            HELEN
                  He's had an angioplasty.
                                                              70
     CONTD: (5)
59                                                             59

     Amidst the ad-lib moment, Gil has managed to secure a private
     spot and has swiped the box. He's torn it open and removing
     earrings, runs into the room with them.
                           GIL
                  Look! Look! Are these what you're
                  missing?
                            INEZ
                  Where did you find them?
                            GIL
                  They were in the bathroom.
                             INEZ
                  The bathroom?
                            GIL
                  Right out on the sink.
                            HELEN
                  I was in the bathroom, I didn't see
                  them.
                            GIL
                  Well you're under stress иии
                            INEZ
                  Why the hell would they be in the
                  bathroom?
                             GIL
                  Maybe you thought you put them away
                  and left them out or dropped them,
                  and the maid found them and left
                  them out where you could see them
                  easily.
                            INEZ
                  I didn't drop them or leave them
                  out ...

                            GIL
                  The main thing is they're not
                  stolen.
                            DOCTOR
                  I'm going to send you for some
                  tests but I think that you are
                  right and this is only indigestion.
                                                                71
     CONTD: (6)
59                                                                  59

                            JOHN
                  See. Incidentally, it was very
                  nice of you to come over so late.
                            HELEN
                  Yes - my god, is it midnight
                  already?
     Gil is disappointed.
                                                          CUT TO:

     EXT. FLEA MARKET - DAY
60                                                                  60

     Gil is buying earrings.
                                                          CUT TO:

     OMITTED
61                                                                  61

     EXT. DETECTIVE TISSERANT'S CAR/LOVELY SPOT - NIGHT
62                                                                  62

     He is behind the wheel of his car observing. Car stops -
     picks up Gil, pulls off. Tisserant pulls off to follow.
                                                          CUT TO:

     INT. GERTRUDE STEIN'S PLACE - NIGHT
63                                                                  63

                            STEIN
                      (to Matisse)
                  C'est l'un de vos meilleurs jusqu'a
                  present. Je parlai a Leo. Je
                  pense qu'il souhaite l'acheter.
     Matisse is delighted, goes about his business there as she
     turns to Gil.
                             STEIN
                  I was just telling Matisse we want
                  to buy one of his new pictures for
                  our personal collection. Five
                  hundred francs seems fair.
                            GIL
                  Five hundred francs? For a
                  Matisse?
                      (half to himself)
                             (MORE)
                                                                72
     CONTD:
63                                                                 63
                         GIL (cont'd)
               Gee, why don't I pick up half a
               dozen? I could clean up - but
               how's all this possible - I should
               have paid more attention in my
               physics class иии
                            STEIN
               Well?
                         GIL
               Oh er - I brought a rewrite of the
               first few chapters of my book and
               was hoping you would tell me if you
               thought I was on the right track.
                         STEIN
               Leave it with me.
                         GIL
               Er - have you heard from Hemingway?
                         STEIN
               Oh yes, they've been back for days.
               The trip didn't work out. I knew
               they wouldn't hit it off. That's
               over. with Picasso too. She's at
               Deyrolles - by herself.
                         GIL
               By herself?
                         STEIN
               On of those surrealist painters is
               getting married and they did it up
               there. She'll be glad to see you.
                                                         CUT TO:

     INT. DEYROLLE - NIGHT
64                                                                 64

     Wedding in progress.    Informal, non-traditional wedding with
     artist type guests.
     Gil finds Adriana.
                         ADRIANA
               Oh - what are you doing here?
                         GIL
               I came to find you.
                                                               73
     CONTD:
64                                                              64
                          ADRIANA
               You did?
                         GIL
               Let's just say as a writer I see
               into women's souls and I sense that
               you have very complicated feelings
               towards me.
                          ADRIANA
               But you're going to be married.
                         GIL
               I'm not so sure about anything
               anymore - can we just go where it's
               quiet?
     They are almost out the door when they run into Luis Bufiuel.
                         GIL (CONT'D)
               Oh, Mr. Bufiuel, I had a nice idea
               for a movie for you.
                          BuNuEL
               Yes?
                         GIL
               A group of people are at a formal
               dinner party and after dinner when
               they try to leave the room, they
               can't.
                          BuNuEL
               Why not?
                         GIL
               They just can't seem to exit the
               door.
                          BuNuEL
               But why?
                          GIL
               And because they're all forced to
               stay together the veneer of
               civilization quickly comes off them
               and they behave as who they really
               are - animals.
                         BuNuEL
               But I don't get it - why don't they
               just walk out of the room?
                                                                    74
     CONTD: (2)
64                                                                   64
                            GIL
                  Just think about it - that's all
                  I'm saying - maybe one day you'll
                  be shaving and it'll tickle your
                  fancy.
     They go off as Bufiuel gets in last line.
                            BuNuEL
                  I don't understand - what's holding
                  them in the room?
                                                              CUT TO:

     EXT. PRETTY LOCATION - NIGHT
65                                                                      65

     Gil and Adriana at romantic locale.     He kisses her.
                            ADRIANA
                  What are you doing?
                             GIL
                  I don't know but I do know that for
                  a brief moment, when I was doing
                  it, I felt - immortal.
                            ADRIANA
                  But - you look so sad.
                             GIL
                  Because life is too mysterious for
                  me.
                             ADRIANA
                  It's the time we live in.
                  Everything moves so fast - life is
                  noisy and complicated - not like
                  the Belle Epoque. In those years
                  Paris lived only for beauty.
                             GIL
                  I've always been a logical person.
                  I never took chances - did anything
                  crazy - like move here when I first
                  came or take a shot at being a real
                  writer, not a Hollywood hired hand -
                  but I feel like letting everything
                  go.
     Gil gives her earrings.
                                                                75
     CaNTO:
65                                                               65

                           GIL
               Here.
                         ADRIANA
               How remarkable - they're beautiful.

     A horse and carriage pulls up.
                         DIDIER
               Monsieur, mademoiselle - on y vas.
                          ADRIANA
               What?   Who are you?
                         CHLOE
               Montez. On y vas.      Nous allons
               etre en retard.
                         GIL
               What's going on?
     They get in.
                         ADRIANA
               Where are we going?
                         DIDIER
               To drink champagne.
                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

     EXT. MAXIMS - NIGHT
66                                                                  66

     They pull up at Maxims. People from the Belle Epoque enter
     and exit.
                         ADRIANA
               This is so beautiful.
                         ADRIANA (CONT'D)
               All those pictures I've seen of
               Belle Epoque Paris. We're herel -
                          GIL
               I don't know what it is about this
               city but I must write a thank you
               note to the chamber of commerce.
                                                               76


     INT. MAXIMS - NIGHT
67                                                                 67

     Inside.
                         MARIE
               Welcome - and oh what marvelous
               outfits. So avant garde - please
               have some champagne.
                         ADRIANA
               I can't believe this is happening
               to me.
                                                    DISSOLVE TO:

     INT. MAXIMS - NIGHT
68                                                                 68

     Gil and Adriana are dancing romantically.
                         ADRIANA
               I never want to go back to the
               present. Never.
                         GIL
               The present - Yes, the present
               always seems worse than the past
               but it can't be - to always think
               this generation is stupider and
               coarser than the last - and yet -
               here we are at Maxims tonight and
               yes, it's fabulous.
                         ADRIANA
               And I know just where I want to go
               after.
                                                         CUT TO:

     INT. MOULIN ROUGE/STAGE - NIGHT
69                                                                 69

     The girls dance.
                                                         CUT TO:

     INT. MOULIN ROUGE/AUDIENCE - NIGHT
70                                                                 70

     Gil and Adriana sit and hold hands.   Dance ends and girls run
     off.
                                                      77
     CONTD:
70                                                     70

                          ADRIANA
                   (to waiter)
               Encore du vin. Le meme chose.
                   (to Gil)
               Isn't this something. Lookl Look I
     She points out Lautrec sketching.
                          ADRIANA
               Pablo worships him. I have to say
               hello. Come with me, I'm nervous.
                         GIL
               We shouldn't bother him.
                          ADRIANA
               But we know he's a lonely man иии he
               longs for company.
     They go over.   She speaks to Lautrec.
                          ADRIANA
               We're both great admirers of your
               work. Nous sommes tout les deux de
               grands admirateurs de votre
               travail.
                         LAUTREC
               Merci madame.
                          ADRIANA
               Pouvons nous vous offrir un verre?
                         LAUTREC
               J'en serai enchante mademoiselle.
               Prenez un siege je vous en prie.
                          ADRIANA
               He's asking us to sit down with
               him.
                         GIL
               This much French I know.
                         LAUTREC
               Etes vous Americain?
                         GIL
               I'm American. Oui -
                         LAUTREC
               Je l'ai devine a votre accent.
                                                         78
     CONTD: (2)
70                                                        70

                            ADRIANA
                  Nous aimons, tous les vos dessins
                  et peintures, en realite tout ce
                  que vous faites.
                            GIL
                  Yes, I love your pictures too.
                             LAUTREC
                       (welcomes two new men to
                        table)
                  Oh - puis-je vous presenter mes
                  amis иии Monsieur Degas and Monsieur
                  Gauguin.
                            ADRIANA
                  Ohmigoodness - hello - enchante -
                      (ad-lib hellos best they
                       can)
                      (to Gil)
                  Isn't this thrilling? You see the
                  sketch he's made? Nobody can draw
                  like that today - not Pablo, not
                  Matisse -
     We see fine drawing, Lautrec style.
                            GIL
                  Parlez Anglais?
                            DEGAS
                  No monsieur.
                            LAUTREC
                      (referring to Gauguin)
                  11 parle un petit peut.
                            GAUGUIN
                  I speak well - je parle tres bien.
                              DEGAS
                        (scornfully over Gauguin's
                         boasting)
                  Ah-
                            GAUGUIN
                  Degas and I were just talking about
                  how - cette generation est
                  depourvue de sens et mangue
                  d'imagination.
                                                        79
     CONTD: (3)
70                                                       70

                            ADRIANA
                  He says they find this generation
                  sterile and empty -
                            GAUGUIN
                  La Renaissance est beaucoup mieux -
                  better to have lived during the
                  Renaissance.
                            ADRIANA
                  No - this is the Golden Age - L'Age
                  D'or.
                             DEGAS
                  Pas do tout - la Renaissance -
                  c'etait mieux - leur vetements sont
                  tres, tres modernes, tres
                  originaux.
                            ADRIANA
                  He says your clothes are very
                  modern and original.
                             GIL
                  Er - yes - Monsieur Lauren - Ralph.
                       (to Gauguin)
                  Shouldn't you be in Tahiti?
                            GAUGUIN
                  I? What? Yes - I live on the
                  island - a much better life than
                  here - better there - but then I
                  miss Paris - up and back - Qu'est
                  que vous faites dans la vie?
                            ADRIANA
                  What do I do? Je suis etudiante.
                  En haute couture - fashion designer
                  but studying -
                             DEGAS
                  Ah ga compte pour les vetements
                  outrageux.

                            LAUTREC
                  Vous devriez la presenter a
                  Richard.
                            GAUGUIN
                  He wants Degas to have you meet his
                  friend Richard.
                            (MORE)
                                                        80
     CONTD: (4)
70                                                       70
                            GAUGUIN ( cont ' d)
                  He's looking for someone to do
                  costumes for the ballet.
                             ADRIANA
                  Ballet costumes - my god - I don't
                  live here. I mean I do but I
                  don't. Je n'habite pas ici.
                             GIL
                  I wouldn't get into too many
                  details with them. Let's just
                  leave it that we're temporarily
                  passing through.
                             ADRIANA
                       (to Gil)
                  Can I speak with you a minute?
                       (to table)
                  Permettez-moi de m'absenter un
                  instant.
                       (she gets him off)
                  Let's never go back to the
                  twenties.
                            GIL
                  What are you talking about?
                            ADRIANA
                  I think we should stay here - it's
                  the start of the Belle Epoque -
                  this is the greatest, most
                  beautiful era Paris has ever known.
                            GIL
                  But I love the Jazz Age.
                            ADRIANA
                  The twenties are full of strife and
                  uncertainty. But think of it, Gil -
                  the two of us - in a lovely art
                  nouveau home - I'll work in the
                  fashion world - I love the styles -
                  you can write иии it's the age of
                  Debussy and Guimard. Maybe you can
                  meet Balzac.
                            GIL
                  But what happened to the twenties
                  and the Charleston and Cole Porter?
                            ADRIANA
                  That's the present, it's dull.
                                                           81
70                                                         70
     CONTD:   (5)

                               GIL
                    It's not the present for me - I'm
                    from 2010.
                              ADRIANA
                    What do you mean?
                              GIL
                    I dropped in on you just the way we
                    dropped in on the 1890's.
                               ADRIANA
                    You did?
                              GIL
                    I wanted to escape my present just
                    like you wanted to escape yours.
                    To a golden age.
                              ADRIANA
                    Surely you don't think the twenties
                    are a golden age?
                              GIL
                    To me they are.
                               ADRIANA
                    But I'm from the twenties and I'm
                    tellin~ you the golden age is the
                    Belle Epoque.
                              GIL
                    Yes but don't you see - to these
                    guys the golden age was the
                    Renaissance. They'd all trade the
                    Belle Epoque to paint alongside
                    Michelangelo or Titian. And those
                    guys probably imagine life was
                    better when Kubla Khan was around.
                    I'm having an insight. A minor one
                    but that accounts for the anxiety
                    of my dream.
                              ADRIANA
                    What dream?
                              GIL
                    Last night I dreamed I ran out of
                    zithromax - and then I went to the
                    dentist and there was no novacaine -
                    these people have no antibiotics -
                                                          82
70                                                         70
     CONTD:   (6)

                              ADRIANA
                    What are you talking about?
                              GIL
                    And even in the twenties - no
                    dishwashers - no 911 if your
                    appendix bursts - no "movies on
                    demand" и
                              ADRIANA
                    But if we love each other what does
                    it matter when we live?
                               GIL
                    Because if you stay here and this
                    becomes your present, sooner or
                    later you'll imagine another time
                    was really the golden time. And so
                    will I - I'm beginning to see why
                    it can't work, Adriana. The
                    present has a hold on you because
                    it's your present and while there's
                    never any progress in the most
                    important things, you get to
                    appreciate - what little progress
                    is made - the internet - Pepto-
                    Bismol. The present is always
                    going to seem unsatisfying because
                    life itself is unsatisfying -
                    that's why Gauguin goes back and
                    forth between Paris and Tahiti,
                    searching - it's my job as a writer
                    to try and come up with reasons why
                    despite life being tragic and
                    unsatisfying, it's still worth it.
                               ADRIANA
                    That's the problem with writers -
                    you're all so full of words - but
                    I'm more emotional. I'm going to
                    stay and live in Paris' most
                    glorious time. You made a choice
                    to leave Paris once and you
                    regretted it.
                              GIL
                    Yes, that one I regretted but it
                    was a real choice and I made the
                    wrong one. This is a choice
                    between accepting reality or
                    surreal insanity.
                                                                      83
     CONTD: (7)
70                                                                     70

                            ADRIANA
                  So finally you do love Inez more
                  than me.
                            GIL
                  No - I love you - but this way lies
                  madness - and if I'm ever going to
                  write anything worthwhile I've got
                  to get rid of my illusions and that
                  I'd be happier in the past is one
                  of them.
                            ADRIANA
                  Goodbye, Gil.
                            GIL
                  Goodbye Adriana.     Good luck.
     They kiss, she turns and goes to the table of artists.
                                                                CUT TO:

     INT. GERTRUDE STEIN'S PLACE - NIGHT
71                                                                        71

     Gil being admitted to the Stein home.          He is full of energy.
                             STEIN
                  Ah - Pender - I read your rewrite.
                  Yes иии you're nicely on the right
                  track. You've understood me
                  clearly. If the rest of the book
                  reads as well when you're done
                  you'll have something of value.
                            GIL
                      (taking it back)
                  Thank you. I can't tell you how
                  much this means to me.
                            STEIN
                  Hemingway who read your chapters
                  and agrees it's going to be a fine
                  book did have one plot suggestion.
                            GIL
                  Hemingway read it?    What was his
                  suggestion?
                                                            84
     CaNTO:
71                                                           71

                         STEIN
               He finds it hard to believe the
               protagonist doesn't see his fiancee
               is having an affair that's going on
               right before his eyes.
                         GIL
               with -
                         STEIN
               The other character - the pedantic
               one -
                         GIL
               It's called denial. Thanks again.
                   (to passing poet)
               You're Ezra Pound right? T.S.
               Eliot says you owe him forty
               francs.
                                                      CUT TO:

     INT. HOTEL SUITE - DAY
72                                                              72

     Gil back in present in mid-argument with Inez.

                         INEZ
               You're crazy - Paul and me? Where
               did you get such an insane notion?
                         GIL
               From Ernest Hemingway. He thought
               it out and it makes perfect sense.
                         INEZ
               Gil, your brain tumor's acting up
               again.
                         GIL
               There's nothing crazy about Ernest
               Hemingway or Gertrude Stein or
               Fitzgerald or Salvador Dali -
                         INEZ
               Nothing except they've all been
               dead for years.
                         GIL
               It was William Faulkner who said,
               the past is not dead.
                          (MORE)
                                                       85
72   CONTD:                                             72
                        GIL (cont'd)
              In fact, it's not even past.
              Actually I ran into Bill Faulkner
              at a party.
                        INEZ
              You're a raving lunatic.
                         GIL
              I guess I'm too trusting. I'm
              jealous and also trusting -
              cognitive dissonance, Scott
              Fitzgerald speaks of it.
                        INEZ
              Gil -
                        GIL
              I know it Inez - you can fool me
              but not Hemingway.
                        INEZ
              Jesus Christ I'm dealing with a
              madman - okay - Paul and I had a
              few nights alone. We danced, we
              drank - you were always working -
              he's very attractive, he spoke to
              me in French - the whole mystique
              of this corny city got to me - it's
              over. We can put this all in
              perspective at home.
                        GIL
              I'm not going back.
                        INEZ
              What?
                        GIL
              I'm staying here. It's not the
              romantic fling. Paris is Paris.
              It's that I'm not in love with you.
                        INEZ
              What?
                        GIL
              A lot has happened    to me since we
              got here. I won't     begin to bore
              you - but - I know    what that
              feeling of love is    and it's not us.
                                                             86
     CONTD: (2)
72                                                            72

                            INEZ
                  Have you met someone else?      All
                  those late night walks.
                             GIL
                  I was attracted to another woman
                  but it was the whole deal - meeting
                  Gertrude Stein and Hemingway and
                  Dali and Scott and Zelda -
                            INEZ
                  Honey, you better listen to
                  yourself. You're a psycho. You
                  don't know what you're doing. You
                  see everything here through magical
                  colored glasses. You're a
                  California film writer with a house
                  in Beverly Hills with two
                  Mercedes'. You're not some kind of
                  twenties expatriate novelist.
     Her parents enter from the adjoining suite.
                            HELEN
                  What's going on?       We can hear every
                  word.
                            GIL
                  If I'm not happy I'll move back.
                  But right now I'm going to stay.
                            INEZ
                  With who? All your crazy
                  hallucinatory friends? Mother was
                  right about you - there's a part
                  missing.
                              JOHN
                      said that first.
                  ~

                            INEZ
                  Anyone who's protagonist makes a
                  living selling old cap pistols and
                  Joan Crawford cut out books.
                            GIL
                  You're better off without me.
                            INEZ
                  Go ahead. Walk the streets - gush
                  over the Parisian light and the
                  rooftops.
                                                                87
     CONTD: (3)
72                                                               72

                            GIL
                  Goodbye Inez.
     He goes.
                             JOHN
                  I had a private detective follow
                  him - I knew he was up to no good.
                             INEZ
                  Daddy you didn't.
                            JOHN
                  I did. He saw him get into a car
                  at midnight each night and he
                  followed close behind.
                            HELEN
                  What happened?
                            JOHN
                  I don't know. The detective agency
                  says the detective is missing.
                                                       CUT TO:

     INT. VERSAILLES - DAY
73                                                               73

     Detective Tisserant is in a period room with two stunned
     period occupants. They all speak French.
                            COUNT
                  A qui ai-je l'honneur?
                            TISSERANT
                  Je me suis perdu - J'ai pas du
                  tourner au bon endroit
                             COUNTESS
                  Guardes!   Guardes!
                            COUNT
                  Qu'on lui coupe la tete!
                                                       CUT TO:

     OMITTED
74                                                               74
                                                                88


     EXT. PONT ALEXANDRE III - NIGHT
75                                                               75

     Gil walking at night. He sees someone approaching and
     realizes it is the girl from the Flea Market, Gabrielle.
                         GIL
               Hey, I know you - the girl at the
               flea market.
                         GABRIELLE
               Oh yes - yes - the Cole Porter one.
                         GIL
               What are you doing here?
                          GABRIELLE
               I'm returning from dinner with my
               girlfriends. I live near here.
                         GIL
               What's your name?
                            GABRIELLE
               Gabrielle.
                         GIL
               Gabrielle, - I'm Gil - I just moved
               to Paris this week.
                         GABRIELLE
               Oh I'm sure you'll love it.
                         GIL
               Can I walk along with you or can I
               buy you a coffee? Oh god, it's
               starting to rain.
                         GABRIELLE
               That's okay. I don't mind getting
               wet. Paris is the most beautiful
               in the rain.
                         GIL
               Oh what a thing to say.     I couldn't
               agree more.
                         GABRIELLE
               I just thought about you the other
               day because my boss got in a whole
               album of Cole Porter songs.
                         GIL
               Hey what are those bells?
                                                       89
     CONTD:
75                                                      75

                         GABRIELLE
               It's midnight.
                         GIL
               Midnight - right - right - pretty
               name.
     FADE OUT as they walk off together in the rain.

Midnight in Paris



Writers :   Woody Allen
Genres :   Comedy  Fantasy  Romance


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