A glamorous pianist in a décolleté evening gown (along the lines of Ann Todd in The Seventh Veil, c.1947) playing some bravura piano concerto.
As the titles end, so does the concerto, and we hear AlanBennett in voice-over and cut to:
...Proust's Apartment. Kitchen. Day.
Céleste Albaret, a tall young woman of twenty-five, handsome rather than pretty, sits at the kitchen table.
She is dressed in maid's uniform.
Sunshine floods in through the window.
...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...
...Orton and Halliwell's Flat. Night. 1967.
Kenneth Halliwell is looking straight at the camera. He is naked and bloody. He looks at something across the room.
Joe? John? He looks back at the camera.
Orton and Halliwell's Flat....
...Arcadia Cinema. Afternoon.
As the title of the film fades from the screen the introductory credits roll, in the type and style of a late-forties movie. As they give way to the crowing cockerel of Pathé News we realise we are in a cinema....