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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.

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Guest greedy mars

is that from the bible?

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Guest greedy mars

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

 

 

ok ?

 

 

 

bye

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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."

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Guest Ted Wakowski

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.

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Guest Ted Wakowski

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.

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Guest BROWNer

rent julian schnabel's

"before night falls".

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Isn't it kind of wierd that Julien Schnabel produced that movie, and subsequently made himself look really good in it?

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Guest BROWNer

schnabel definitely oozes artsy ego, but i don't

recall what you mean...explain..

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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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Guest professor poopatronic

"i don't like beer"

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