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basquiat...

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by vinyl junkie, Jun 25, 2002.

  1. vinyl junkie

    vinyl junkie Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 17, 2002 Messages: 4,725 Likes Received: 0
    RENE
    SHHHHHH. Later.
    (speaking to himself)

    "What is it about art, anyway......"

    Jean pauses. He turns around and surveys the room once more.

    A blink.

    Silence.

    We see the crowd in SLOW MOTION.

    Everyone's eyes are shut.

    RENE (O.S. CONT'D)

    .....that we give it so much importance? Artists are
    respected by the poor because what they do is an honest way to get out
    of the slum using one's sheer self as the medium. The money earned is proof pure
    and simple of the value of that individual....The Artist.

    INT/EXT---GALLERY---NIGHT
    The CAMERA rises higher and higher over the crowd and follows Jean as he makes his way toward the street.

    We begin to DISSOLVE into a MONTAGE of stills of ARTISTS:

    RENE (O.S.CONT'D)

    The picture a mother's son does in jail hangs on her wall as proof that beauty is
    possible even in the most wretched. And this is a much different idea than the
    fancier notion that art is a scam and a ripoff. But you could never explain to
    someone who uses God's gift to enslave that you have used God's gift to be free."


    EXT---STREET---NIGHT
    Jean enters a waiting limo. It pulls away from the curb.

    Rene finishes as the limo threads its way through the night-lit, twinkling city.
     
  2. greedy mars

    greedy mars Guest

    is that from the bible?
     
  3. greedy mars

    greedy mars Guest

    if so hit me up on aim junkieboy.... k1llmy53lfnow


    ok ?



    bye
     
  4. vinyl junkie

    vinyl junkie Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 17, 2002 Messages: 4,725 Likes Received: 0
    EXT----WEST BROADWAY---DAY
    Jean and Benny walk along. Benny's arms are full with boxes.

    Jean walks in front, eating yogurt. He's wearing his Titanic clogs.
    Benny tries to keep up.


    BASQUIAT (CONT'D)

    "My mom told me this.. Or was it a dream?"



    DISSOLVE:






    (FADE IN: John Cale's version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah")


    INT--CELL--DAY
    A crude stone jail--almost medieval---fairy-tale like. A thick wooden plank
    suspended by chains for a bench. A candle on the wall.

    A small, crowned prince (the boy seen in the dream in intro.) looks longingly out
    the window at rolling green hills. Terraced hillsides, cedar trees, cottages, smoke
    wafting up from chimneys. Dirt streets.

    The prince smashes the window. He hits his head on the bars, gripping them tightly.

    EXT---MEDIEVAL VILLAGE'--DAY
    The villagers cease their activities as they listen to the SOUND. Looking up, they
    smile, as if warmed to their souls by some unearthly and intangible substance. They
    look heavenwards.

    CAMERA follows their collective gaze skywards.

    We shoot up, up, into the sky.





    BASQUIAT (O.S.)

    "There was this little prince with a magic crown. An evil warlock kidnapped him,
    locked him in a cell in a huge tower and took away his voice. There was a window
    made of bars. The prince would smash his head against the bars hoping that someone
    would hear the sound and find him. The crown made the most beautiful sound that
    anyone ever heard. You could hear the ringing for miles. It was so beautiful, that
    people wanted to grab the air. They never found the prince. He never got out of the
    room. But the sound he made filled everything up with beauty."





    BASQUIAT (O.S)
    "It's definitely time to get out of here."
     
  5. Ted Wakowski

    Ted Wakowski Guest

    It's funny to see this, I was watching the movie today.

    "Forget Hawaii, let's go to Ireland. We'll stop at every pub and have a drink."

    Great final scene on the street.
     
  6. vinyl junkie

    vinyl junkie Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 17, 2002 Messages: 4,725 Likes Received: 0
    as was i... i haven't been in a house in a couple weeks... and one of my favorite movies was on... it was rock...
     
  7. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

    Joined: Oct 6, 2004 Messages: 19,229 Likes Received: 30
    that is my favorite movie.
     
  8. Ted Wakowski

    Ted Wakowski Guest

    Yeah I enjoy that one a lot. There's an artist in me somewhere that's always fighting to break through the cynicism.

    People like Basquiat never seemed to succumb to that sort of paradigm.
     
  9. vinyl junkie

    vinyl junkie Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 17, 2002 Messages: 4,725 Likes Received: 0
    not nearly enough people have seen this movie... i fucking love it...
    and werd to what ted says...
     
  10. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    rent julian schnabel's
    "before night falls".
     
  11. vinyl junkie

    vinyl junkie Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 17, 2002 Messages: 4,725 Likes Received: 0
    ^^^ good stuff... haven't seen that in a while tho...
     
  12. I Luv Roo

    I Luv Roo Member

    Joined: Aug 20, 2001 Messages: 733 Likes Received: 0
    Isn't it kind of wierd that Julien Schnabel produced that movie, and subsequently made himself look really good in it?
     
  13. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    schnabel definitely oozes artsy ego, but i don't
    recall what you mean...explain..
     
  14. dot.

    dot. Junior Member

    Joined: Jun 10, 2002 Messages: 132 Likes Received: 0
    the character that you're refering to 'milo' isn't supposed to be schnabel...it's supposed to be a mix of different artsy people who spent time w/ and got to know bas.

    while it comes off being schnabel, i think that's only natural considering the film was produced on a budget and he had 'most' of the props required to exact an 'artsy' character.

    i do like that milo looked like a thin young schnabel though...but why the fuck not...if it's your movie.

    -dot.
     
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