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Fall From Grace - Part 1

FADE IN:

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - DAY (2005)

The rain drips, indecisive.

Past a book store, a LINE OF DAMP AND QUIET PEOPLE, representing different walks of life, has formed. This line meanders down the sidewalk and around the corner.

Signs in the book store window announce a book signing in progress. The posters show a serious man, good looking in a studious way.

Above the picture is his name "S. WYNN NOBEL."

Below his picture are the words "A SAINT FOR THE PEOPLE."

Interspersed with the pictures of the author are enlarged pictures of the book jacket of A SAINT FOR THE PEOPLE.

INT. BOOK STORE - DAY (2005)

The line goes through the front door and down an aisle, turns left down another aisle. These people are livelier, starting to dry off and warm up.

The line ends at a table with a chair behind it.

On top of the table is a pre-printed sign, "15 minute author break."

INT. BREAK ROOM - DAY (2005)

The man from the posters, WYNN, glowers.

WYNN
I'm writing my name. I don't
have to take fifteen every hour--

Wynn’s agent, JOSEPHINE, a slick cosmo woman in her early forties, sits with her back to him as she flicks channels on a TV in the corner.

JOSEPHINE
You have to pace yourself.
I demand you-- You're on CNN.


Josephine ups the volume.

There he is.

TV SCREEN - INTERCUT

A microphone is stuck in Wynn’s face. He blinks owlishly.

REPORTER (O.S.)
You’ve written one of the most
popular historical novels ever. There’s
been a religious resurgence among
the Catholic faith, arguably because
of "A Saint for the People." How do you
feel about that?

WYNN
(on TV)
It was only my intention to
write a factual account about
a woman who should be an
inspiration to us all. At least,
I thought she should be, and
wanted to make her available as such.


BREAK ROOM - INTERCUT

Wynn makes a face.

WYNN
Do I really sound like such
a pompous ass?

JOSEPHINE
Yes, dear.

REPORTER (O.S.)
The Vatican commissioned you
to write your book. Do you feel like
you're manipulating your audience
into conversion?

WYNN
(on TV)
No. It's a book, people's reaction to
it are just that, their reactions. I
don't know how I can know
what those are going to be - I
just hoped someone would like it.

WYNN
Hopeless poke. Don't you
think it's endearing how I
can switch between so effortlessly?

JOSEPHINE
No.

The CNN report has gone to the Vatican. In red robes, CARDINAL CHAMBERLAIN, a plain man with kind eyes, stands in front of the microphone.

CHAMBERLAIN
(on TV)
Wynn Nobel is a friend of mine.
I’m happy for his success and
will be glad to see him in Cuba
for the opening of the Saint's grave.

REPORTER (O.S.)
Do you have any comments about
the book being a front for a
religious movement?

CHAMBERLAIN
(on TV)
Now, you don't think these musty
old guys are that clever do you?

Chamberlain winks at the reporter.

JOSEPHINE
Now there’s a cutie. A waste.


(To Be Continued)


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JD

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