...Omar Khayyam Restaurant, Bradford
The blasphemers’ banquet table: there
on mirrored cushions will sit Voltaire,
me, Molière, Omar Khayyam, Lord Byron
and that, that’s Salman Rushdie’s chair.
It’s perfect for tonight’s blasphemers...
...A Whiskey Tumbler
It sits on an oak bar under a glowing green banker’s lamp. Two ice cubes are dropped in. From elsewhere in the room:
ManoffI’m talkin’ about friendship. I’m talkin’ about character. I’m talkin’ about – hell, Leo, I ain’t...
...(NOTE: the opening titles of this film play over a shot of three shirtless taiko barrel-drummers in a large, black studio pounding a relentless, ferocious beat.)
Roof Top. Night
A densely populated coastal city. In the foreground: the old...
...Gulf: Tank Gorgon / Golden Sea.
From long ago the Gorgon’s gaze
stares through time into our days.
Under seas, as slow as oil
the Gorgon’s snaky tresses coil.
The Gorgon under the golden tide
brings ghettos, gulags, genocide.
...Westminster. A Door. Day
A hand (the sleeve military, the hand gloved) knocks tentatively on the worn wood.
Westminster. Anteroom. Day
Opening, the door discloses a royal waiting-room. Robed and crowned, but settled comfortably among...
...I heard a sound I thought was birds
but then I swear I heard these words:
‘This voice comes from the shadow cast
by Hiroshima’s A-bomb blast.
The sound you hear inside this case
is of a man who fans the face
he used to have...
...Soho Street – Night
Two men, Patrick and Tony, are walking down Frith Street towards Soho Square. They are each carrying a briefcase and an overnight bag. It has been raining. The streets are still quite wet. Tony and Patrick are London...
...Sunlight Flickers Through Black. Sunlight Through Trees
Running through a summer garden.
A boy (Bruce Wayne, aged eight) chasing a girl (Rachel Dawes, also eight).
Young Bruce Rachel! Let me see!
They reach a Victorian greenhouse. Rachel...
...Office, High Rise – Day
A man in a clown mask holding a smoking silenced pistol ejects a shell casing. This is Dopey. He turns to a second man, Happy, also in clown mask, who steps forward with a cable-launcher, aims at a lower roof across...
...Gotham Street – Day
Gordon stands before a massive picture of Harvey Dent.
Gordon But I knew Harvey Dent. I was … his friend. And it will be a very long time before someone inspires us the way he did.
Gordon, choked with emotion, gathers...
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