Moriarty's John Carpenter Set Visit!!

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Moriarty's John Carpenter Set Visit!!

Postby Moriarty on Mon Aug 01, 2005 5:55 am

http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=20896

And, just because you guys are the Phantom Zone and you deserve a little something extra, here's the opening of the script:

IN BLACK, A MAN'S VOICE, INSINUATING, LOW, VAGUELY EUROPEAN.

BACKOVIC (V.O.)
Film is magic. And, in the right
hands... a weapon.

The unmistakable sound of a 35mm projector starts up, and a SINGLE BEAM of light splits the darkness. Then another beam of light appears beside the first one, as --

EXT. DRIVEWAY - NIGHT

-- an early-90’s Sentra pulls up and stops at a large security gate. The driver rolls the window down.

KIRBY SWEETMAN. Late-20’s, scruffy, with tired eyes and the ghost of a smile.

KIRBY
Hi. You called me? From The Vogue?

The gate swings open wide in response.

EXT. BELLINGER’S HOUSE - NIGHT

Huge, beautiful, secluded, the property completely surrounded by trees and high walls. Kirby climbs out of his car.

FUNG steps out of the front door to greet Kirby, a thin, impeccably dressed Chinese man in his late-50's.

FUNG
You're late. Mr. Bellinger is waiting.

INT. STUDY - NIGHT

Kirby follows Fung into this large, lushly-appointed study.

The walls are covered in movie posters, framed photographs, movie memorabilia dating back to the silent era.

WOLF BELLINGER rises to greet Kirby. He's in his 70's, elegant, very old world European. Tall. Still powerful.

KIRBY
You have an incredible collection.

BELLINGER
Yes, I know. I'm sure you have some rare
pieces of your own.

Kirby moves through the study, fascinated by everything.

KIRBY
Not really. Can't afford it.

BELLINGER
It must be torture, hunting down pieces
for others. To have something in your
hands, only to give it up immediately.

KIRBY
There are perks. When I track down a
rare print, I also get to screen it...
quality assurance purposes, of course.

BELLINGER
Of course.

Kirby stops in front of one particular poster, a giant foursheet from 1971. A kaleidoscope of images, hard to digest at first glance. Kirby runs his fingers over the title.

KIRBY
LA FIN ABSOLUE DU MONDE.

BELLINGER
What do you know about it?

KIRBY
The film played once. The closing night
premiere at the Festival Internacional de
Cinema Fantastic de Sitges.

Kirby considers the poster again before continuing. Something hypnotic about the tapestry of suggestive images and half-glimpsed horrors.

KIRBY
Violence erupted in the theater. When
the director, Hans Backovic, tried to get
the film out of the country, the
government seized and destroyed it. They
didn’t realize it was a work-inprogress...
his only copy. He quit the
business, and the film has never been
seen by anyone except that one audience.

BELLINGER
The government didn’t destroy it.

Kirby walks over to the opposite wall, where a pair of wings, seven feet from tip to tip, have been mounted and framed.

KIRBY
What are these?

BELLINGER
A prop... from the film. I'm a bit
obsessive about LA FIN ABSOLUE DU MONDE,
you see.

KIRBY
Why this particular film?

BELLINGER
It's the ultimate dare. Survive this and
one can survive anything. I'd give
almost anything to see it.

KIRBY
I showed a double-feature of NEKROMANTIC
and IN MY SKIN at The Vogue and at least
a dozen people fainted or threw up.

BELLINGER
I have a collection of over 8,000 films.
The most extreme images created by some
of the most obscure filmmakers to ever
pick up a camera. I’m not about to drag
you up here in the middle of the night
for something that made a schoolgirl
dizzy. I’m talking about real power.

KIRBY
Were you at the festival when it played?

BELLINGER
Yes. I even had tickets for the
screening. But I’d seen Backovic’s
previous works and wasn’t impressed. I
went to see THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES
instead, hoping to meet Vincent Price.

Bellinger reaches into one of his desk drawers and takes out a folder full of documents.

BELLINGER
In '83, the Rotterdam Film Festival
announced a screening. By the time I'd
flown there, they had already cancelled
it, saying it was an error. The fact
that the venue burned down might have had
something to do with it.

Bellinger tosses the folder to Kirby.

BELLINGER
Every mention of the film since 1971,
every rumor about underground screenings,
the official report from Sitges...

KIRBY
Why are you giving me all this?

BELLINGER
Isn't it obvious? I want you to locate
the print for me.

KIRBY
Tracking down rare prints can be costly
under the best of circumstances. LA FIN
ABSOLUE DU MONDE is infamous. Beyond
rare. They destroyed the movie. If it
was still out there, I would have heard
of it.

BELLINGER
It's out there. I assure you. My source
is unimpeachable.

KIRBY
How can you be sure?

Bellinger fixes Kirby with a frightening smile.
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Mon Aug 01, 2005 5:57 am

Aaarrgghhh!!! What do I read first?

Too...much...stimulation...geek overdrive...not responding...
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Postby banthafodderUK on Mon Aug 01, 2005 6:08 am

so is the script online yet???? :lol:
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Postby Man-in-the-Box on Mon Aug 01, 2005 6:36 am

Very cool.
I'm not with Cowbell, he's with me.
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Mon Aug 01, 2005 6:44 am

First thoughts on the Post...

You gave a shout out to Udo (The Kingdom) Kier...that made me smile. It's unfortunate that Von Trier won't finish it because Dr. Helmer (forgot his real name) died...I understand why he won't, but I love "The Kingdom" (perhaps Von Triers best work) and wish I could see where he was going with it.

On Dave's...isn't it a great experience to work in an independently owned store/shop that has a "vibe" to it? I see it when I go to "Amoeba" in Berkeley, I experienced it at the pizza place I used to work at (Antonio's Pizza in Amherst, Providence, somewhere in Texas...btw, best slice anywhere, ever...we put freakin' avocado on slices people...one time I counted and we had 55 different slices available), you had it at Dave's. And what's the MJ/McCauly story?

The influences for La Fin Absolue Du Monde...Videodrome? L' Age d'or? The Ring? The killer video in David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest"? Or just something you and Swami came up with?

And your wife is utterly fabulous for telling you to go.
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Mon Aug 01, 2005 7:12 am

on the script...

META-FILM!!!

So you ended up using "Nekromantic" and "In My Skin"...what didn't the legal department allow you to use? (good choices, btw)

So you definetely used Bunuel as a reference...brilliant. That's always on a list of my most important/controversial/wow! films.

Goddamnit...I don't have cable you bastard! Now I gotta wait, what, 2 years till I can see this on DVD. Cocktease.

And of course Udo Kier is great with props, he's been killed, maimed, deformed in over half his screen roles!
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Postby Nordling on Mon Aug 01, 2005 8:30 am

That was sweet. Very good read, Mori.
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Postby Moriarty on Mon Aug 01, 2005 9:56 pm

Okay... just got in from the screening.

I'm going to need some time to digest it.

Two tidbits I can offer: the film is officially called JOHN CARPENTER'S C I G A R E T T E BURNS now.

And the score will be by John Carpenter and Cody Carpenter, his son.

Also, in breaking news, Harry is an ass.
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Postby burlivesleftnut on Mon Aug 01, 2005 9:59 pm

Joint burns? WTF? Will this movie drive me crazy? God I want it to!
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Postby John-Locke on Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:04 pm

Sweet, Love the Carpenter Synth Score, almost nothing beats it in Horror. Is that Harry messing with the code again?
Or has John got a new love for the Herb? Smokey Thingie Burns, C I G A R E T T E Burns.

Thanks for the World Exclusive Mori. I love living vicariously through your recent triumphs. What’s your favourite Carpenter Score? Got to be Halloween or Assault on Precinct 13 for me.
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Postby John-Locke on Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:06 pm

Harry has been messing with the code again :-)
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Postby Adam Balm on Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:15 pm

That's our Harry! *insert sitcom laugh*

You know, I was going to start a thread for listing all the found code sploits Harry's done so far, but then I decided to watch my dog whimper in his sleep instead.

Fuck, now he's moving his legs like he's running. WTF? Maybe I should scare him awake. That would be cool.


btw, awesome report Drew.
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Postby John-Locke on Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:19 pm

One of my dogs is snoring really loud at the moment but he sometimes howls in his sleep. Don't wake him up if he's real bad, my bro got biten when he was a kid doing that.

Actually, go on. I could do with a laugh.
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Postby burlivesleftnut on Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:22 pm

When my dog is getting chased by giant rabbits in his sleep I always wake him. He just looks too cute I have to snuggle for a minute. Then he wakes up and kind of looks irritated... like maybe the giant rabbit wasn't chasing him, but he was chasing the rabbit.

Then I tell him to fuck off and leave.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Tue Aug 02, 2005 8:57 am

Mori, that was a great article you wrote and congratulations on Smokey Thingie Burns! Cant wait to check it out! 8)
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Postby bluebottle on Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:04 am

WTF? How many of us have dogs?

Mine's half in his bed, half on the floor...

Good article, Mori, congrats!
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Postby dmann on Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:23 am

WANT
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READ
THE
REST!

WAAAAH, I'm dunna cwy wike a widdow goil!

Hehehehe

Love it buddy, cant wait to leech this off Bittorr..., err buy showtime and watch.
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