BACK TO ROOF
Shosanna exhales cigarette smoke.
Marcel comes onto the roof.
Are you well?
Even on the roof I can’t smoke a
cigarette without hearing Madames
voice yelling at me. That’s why I
do it. To hear Madames voice again.
We both miss her.
I know. I’m fine, darling. I’ll be
to bed soon.
Marcel goes back inside, Shosanna smokes.
INT – FRENCH BISTRO – AFTERNOON
Shosanna sits in the back of a French bistro, reading a
book, “The Saint in New York” by Leslie Charteris, drinking
wine. When the young German Private from the other day,
FREDRICK ZOLLER, walks in. He gets a beer, then notices the
French girl sitting in the back. He smiles, and heads over
to her. “Oh no, not this guy again”, she thinks.
Again they speak in FRENCH SUBTITLED into ENGLISH;
May I join you?
Look Fredrick –
– You remember my name?
Yes….Look, you seem a pleasant
enough fellow –
Your welcome. – regardless, I want
you to stop pestering me.
I apologize mademoiselle, I wasn’t
trying to be a pest. I was simply
trying to be friendly.
I don’t wish to be your friend.
Don’t act like a infant. You know why.
I’m more then just a uniform.
Not to me. If you are so desperate for
a French girlfriend, I suggest you try
Just then TWO OTHER GERMAN SOLDIERS come over, obviously
very impressed with Fredrick. They make a fuss over him in
UNSUBTITLED GERMAN, which nether Shosanna, or the non German
speaking members of the movies audience, can understand.
He signs autographs for them, shakes their hands, and they
go on their way.
Shosanna’s eyes narrow.
Who are you?
I thought I was just a uniform?
Your not just a German soldier, are
you somebodies son?
Most German soldiers are somebodies son.
Yeah, but your not just somebody. What
are you, Hitlers nephew?
He leans in across the table, she leans in too, and he says;
No not really, I’m just teasing you.
She leans back annoyed.
Then what is it? What are you, a German
(Pfuit), what does that mean, “not exactly”.
I asked if you were a movie star, the
answer to that question, is yes or no.
Fredrick laughs at that line.
When you said that just now, you
reminded me of my sister.
This catches young Shosanna off guard.
I come from a home of six sisters.
We run a family operated cinema in Munich.
Seeing you run around your cinema,
reminds me of them. Especially my sister
Helga. She raised me, when our father
wasn’t up to the job. I admire her very
much. You’d like her, she doesn’t wear a
You were raised by Helga?
All my sisters, I’m the baby, but Helga
was the bossiest.
And your mother and father?
My mother died. And my father was a
loser. My fathers moto; “If at first
you don’t succeed, quit”. The day he
left, good riddance. My sisters are
all I need. It’s why I like your cinema.
It makes me feel both closer to them,
and a little homesick at the same time.
is your cinema still operatiing?
What’s it called?
The Kino Haus.
How has it done durring the war?
Actually, in Germany, cinema
attendance is up.
No doubt, you don’t have to operate
under a curfew.
How often do you fill your house?
(Pfuit), not since before the war.
So if you had one big engagement, that
would help you out?
Of course, but that’s not likely to
TWO MORE GERMAN SOLDIERS and their TWO FRENCH DATES approach
the table. They ask for Fredricks autograph, he signs it for
them. One of the French Girls says in FRENCH, how exciting
it is to meet a real live German war hero. Shosanna hears
it. They leave. So that’s it, she thinks.
So your a war hero? Why didn’t you tell me?
Everybody knows that, I liked you didn’t.
What did you do?
He takes a sip of beer.
I’ve shot the most enemy soldiers
in world war two…so far.
You bet your sweet ass that got her attention.
I was alone in a bell tower in a
walled off city in Russia. It was
myself, and a thousand rounds of ammo,
in a bird’s nest, against three
hundred Soviet soldiers.
What’s a bird’s nest?
A bird’s nest is what a sniper would call
a bell tower. It’s a high structure,
offering a three hundred and sixty degree
view. Very advantageous for marksmen.
How many Russian’s did you kill?
The first day. A hundred and fifty the
second day. Thirty-two, the third day.
On the forth day, they exited the city.
Naturally my war story received alot of
attention in Germany, that’s why they
all recognize me. They call me the
Maybe they’ll make a film about
Well, that’s just what Joseph Goebbels
thought. So he did. It’s called “Nation’s
Pride”, and guess what, they wanted me to
play myself, so I did. They have posters
for it in kiosks all over Paris. That’s
another reason for all the attention.
“Nation’s Pride” is about you? “Nation’s
Pride” is starring you?
I know, comical, huh?
Not so comical. So what are you doing
in Paris, enjoying a rest?
Hardly. I’ve been doing publicity,
having my picture taken with different
German luminaries, visiting troops,
that sort of thing. Goebbels wants the
film to premier in Paris, so I’ve been
helping them in the planning.
Joseph is very keen on this film.
He’s telling anybody who will listen,
when “Nation’s Pride” is released,
I’ll be the German Van Johnson.
Shosanna, wasn’t falling for the young German, by any stretch.
However his exploits, as well as his charming manner, can’t
help but impress. But his referring to Goebbels as “Joseph”,
like their friends, is all she needed to get on the right side
of things. This young man is trouble with a capital “T”, and
she needs to stay far fucking away from him.
She abruptly rises, and says;
Well, good luck with your premier
Private. I hope all goes well for
Joseph and yourself. Au revoir.
And with that, she disappears. Leaving the perplexed private
EXT – CINEMA MARQUEE – DAY
It’s the next day.
Shosanna and Marcel are changing the letters on the marquee.
Marcel excuses himself to visit the toilet.
$hosanna is alone outside the little cinema, perched up on her
.A BLACK NAZI SEDAN pulls up in front of the little cinema.
A GERMAN MAJOR in a black Gestapo uniform steps out of the back
of the sedan.
The DRIVER, a German Private, steps out as well.
Yelling to the young girl up high on the ladder;
Both GERMAN and FRENCH will be SUBTITLED into ENGLISH.
Telling his Driver in German to ask her in French;
Ask her if this is her cinema?
in French The Driver asks Shosanna;
is this your cinema?
Tell her to come down.
Come down please.
She climbs down the ladder.
The Driver opens the back door of the sedan, indicating for her
to get in.
I don’t understand, what have I done?
She wants to know what she’s done?
Who says she’s done anything?
Who says you’ve done anything?
Then in her best imitation of Madame Mimeux’s arrogantmanner.
Then I demand to know what this is about,
and where do you propose to take me?
The Driver begins to translate, when the Gestapo Major holds up his
hand, telling him not to bother. The Major looks at the young
French girl and tells her in German;
Get your ass in that car.
No translation necessary. She climbs into the back of the car,
followed by the Germans. The sedan takes off.
INT – SEDAN(MOVING) – DAY
The Nazi sedan drives through the early afternoon Paris
WE HOLD SHOSANNA IN TIGHT CU
the whole ride, never showing her Nazi oppressor sitting beside
her. We just hold on her face trying not to revel anything.
The sedan stops.
The car door opens and the Driver offers Shosanna his hand.
EXT/INT- MAXIUM’S (FAMOUS PARIS CAFE) – DAY
She steps out of the car, and is lead into a Paris cafe by the
Gestapo Officer. It takes the young Jewess a moment or two before
she realizes she’s not being led to a Gestapo interrogation
room, a railroad car, or a concentration camp, but to lunch.
The best table at Maxims. Three people, and two dogs, sit at it.
Germany’s Minister of Propaganda, and the number two man in
Hitlers Third Reich, JOSEPH GOEBBELS, his female French translator
(and mistress), FRANCESCA MONDINO, and young Private Zoller,
are the people. TWO BLACK FRENCH POODLES, belonging to
Mademoiselle Mondino, sit together in another chair at the
We join them in mid-conversation;
They all speak GERMAN, SUBTITLED into ENGLISH;
– it’s only the off spring of slaves that
allows America to be competitive athletically.
America olympic gold can measured in Negro
Shosanna is lead through the French eatery by the Gestapo Major.
Private Zoller see’s her, and stands up, excuse’s himself,
and greets her before she reaches the table.
Fredrick says in French, SUBTITLED in ENGLISH;
Good you came. I wasn’t sure weather or
not you’d except my invitation.
.Goebbles Voice says OFF SCREEN;
Is that the young lady in question,
Private Zoller turns in his direction, takes Shosanna by the
arm, and leads her to him.
Yes it is, beer Goebbels. Emmanuelle,
there is somebody I want you to meet.
Joseph Goebbels, remaining seated, looks up at the young French
girl, scrutinizing her as he spoons creme brule into his mouth.
The excited Fredrick introduces Shosanna to the propaganda
Emmanuelle Mimieux, I’d like to
introduce you to the minister of
propaganda, the leader of the entire
German film industry, and now I’m a
actor, my boss, Joseph Goebbels.
Goebbels offers up his long spider-like fingers for Shosanna to
shake. She does.
Your reputation precedes you Fraulein
He looks to Francesca to translate, but she’s just taken a big
bite of terri misu.
They all laugh.
Fredrick jumps in…
And normally, this is beer Goebbels French
interpreter, Mademoiselle Francesca
looks up at Shosanna.
NARRATOR’S VOICE comes on soundtrack;
Francesca Mondino is much more then
Goebbels French Interpreter.
She’s also Goebbels favorite French
actress to appear in his films…
from one of Francesca’s B/W Goebbels produced productions.
Francesca, dressed as a French peasant girl, with a YOUNG
GERMAN (MOVIE) SOLDIER.
She speaks in FRENCH, SUBTITLED in to ENGLISH;
I love you, I can’t help it. My country
or my heart, which do I betray?
A SUBTITLE APPEARS below naming the films title;
“SENTIMENTAL COMBAT” (1943)
Francesca and Goebbels having sex in her boudoir, on her red
And Goebbels favorite French Mistress,
to act in his bed.
WE SEE JUST A SUPER QUICK SHOT OF Goebbels FUCKING Francesca
Do it! Do it! Fuck me – fill me!
BACK TO FRANCESCA
looking at Shosanna.
And you’ve met the Major.
The Gestapo officer steps up and says, to Fredrick in German;
Actually, I didn’t introduce myself.
Major Deiter Helistrom of the Gestapo, at
your service mademoiselle.
Please allow me, have a seat.
The Gestapo Officer pulls out a chair, for the young lady to sit
down. Shosanna takes the hot seat. Seated to her right is
Private Zoller. To her left are the two curly pampered
poodles. Major Helistrom pours Shosanna a glass of red wine
from a small craft on the table.
Try the wine mademoiselle, it’s quite good.
Goebbels looks across the table at her.
well I must say, you’ve made quite a
impression on our boy.
Francesca interprets Goebbels German for Shosanna.
I must say fraulein, I should be rather
annoyed with you.
I arrive in France, and I wish to have
lunch with my star…
Little do I know Be’s become
the toast of paris, and now he
must find time for me.
People wait in line hours, day’s,
to see me. For the Fuhrer and
Private Zoller, I wait.
So finally, I’m granted a audience
with the young Private, and he spends
the entire lunch speaking of you
and your cinema.
So Fraulein Mimieux, let’s get down
Private Zoller interrupts –
– Heer Goebbels, I haven’t informed
Unless the girls a simpleton, I’m
sure she’s figured it out by now,
after all she does operate a cinema.
Francesca, tell her.
Francesca tells Shosanna in French;
What they’re trying to tell you
Emmanuelle, is Private Zoller has
spent the last hour at lunch,
trying to convince Monsieur Goebbels
to abandon previous plans for Private
Zollers film premier, and change the
venue to your cinema.
I wanted to inform her.
Shit. I apologize Private, of
course you did.
What’s the issue?
The Private wanted to inform the
Nonsense. Until I ask a few
questions, he has nothing to inform.
Let the record state, I have not
agreed to a venue change.
Goebbels speaks German to Shosanna;
You have opera boxes?
More would be better. How many
seats in your auditorium?
Three hundred and fifty.
That’s almost four hundred less
then The Ritz.
Fredrick jumps in…
But beer Goebbels, that’s not such
a terrible thing. You said yourself
you didn’t want to indulge every
two faced french bourgeois taking
up space currying favor. With less
seat’s it makes the event more
exclusive. Your not trying to fill
the house, their fightin g for seats.
Besides, to hell with the French.
This is a German night, a German
event, a German celebration. This
night is for you, me, the German
military, the high command, their
family and friends. The only people
who should be allowed in the room,
are people who will be moved by
the exploits on screen.
Goebbels listens silently, then after a bit of a pause;
I see your public speaking has
improved. It appears I’ve created
a monster. A strangely persuasive
monster. When the war’s over,
Well Private, though it is true,
I’m inclined to indulge you anything.
I must watch a film in this young
ladies cinema before I can say,
yes or no.
So young lady, you are to close
your cinema tonight, and have
a private screening me.
What German films do you have?
My cinema , on German night, tends
to show older German classics.
Why not my films?
I draw a older German audience in
my cinema, that appreciate the
nostalgia of the earlier time.
That’s nonsense fraulein. Us Germans
are looking forward, not backwards.
That era of German cinema is dead.
The German cinema I create, will not
only be thee cinema of Europe. But
the worlds only alternative to the
degenerate Jewish influence of
Fredrick Jumps in…
Along with being a cinema owner,
Emmanuelle is quite a formidable
He chuckles, but alone.
WSo it would appear. Unfortunately
for the fraulein, I’ve outlawed
Zoller, thinking fast, says;
Why don’t you screen “Lucky Kids”?
I’m sure Emmanuelle hasn’t seen. it.
And it’s so funny, I’ve been meaning
to recommend it to her, for her
German night. That’s a great idea,
let’s watch “Lucky Kids” tonight.
Ahhh, “Lucky Kids”, “Lucky Kids”,
“Lucky Kids”. When all is said and
done, my most purely enjoyable
production. Not only that, I
wouldn’t be surprised, if sixty
years from now, It’s “Lucky Kids”
that I’m the most remembered for.
I know it doesn’t seem like it now,
but mark my words.
Very well, I’ll have a print sent
over to the fraulein’.s cinema.
We’ll screen “Lucky Kids” tonight.
As Francesca interprets this for Shosanna…
…the empty chair next to the young Jewish girl is suddenly
filled with the bottom half of a grey S.S. officer uniform.
Ah Landa, your here, this is the
young lady in question.
The S.S. Officer sits down, and it’s our old friend from the
first scene COL HANS LANDA.
Shosanna, this4pol Hans Landa of
the SS., he’ll be running security
for the premier.
A bomb is dropped and detonated behind her eyes. But if she
gives any indication of this, her war story ends here.
The S.S. OFFICER
that murdered her family, takes her hand and kisses it,
saying in perfect French;
Better known as “The Jew Hunter”.
The table laughs.
Oh Francesca, what was that funny
thing the Fuhrer said about Hans?
You know, you were there, it was a
funny thing the Fuhrer said,
about Hans…Something about a pig?
Francesca’s memory is jogged.
Oh, yes of course.
She repeats it by whispering it in Goebbels ear.
Oh, yes of course, that’s it. So
the Fuhrer said, he wouldn’t be
surprised if Hans weren’t rooting
out Jews like a truffle pig from
the play pen.
That’s what we need, pigs that can
root out Jews.
Who needs pigs when you have me?
Big hearty laugh around the table.
Do you have a engagement tonight?
Well, as a matter of fact, I do –
– Break it. We’re all going to the
Fraulein’s cinema tonight to view
Then Reich Ministers companion mademoiselle Mondino,
And now I must get Reich Minister Goebbels
to his next appointment.
Slave driver! French slave driver!
They all chuckle.
Everybody begins to stand up from the table…
..Francesca gathers the stupid dogs…
.as Col Landa stands, he says;
Actually, in my role as security
chief of this joyous German occasion,
I’m afraid I must have a word with
Mademoiselle Mimieux eyes go to Private Zoller, who responds.
What sort of discussion?
That sounded suspiciously like a
Private questioning the order of a
Colonel? Or am I just being sensitive?
Nothing could be further from the
truth Colonel. Your authority is
But your reputation does proceed
you. Should Mademoiselle Mimieux
or myself be concerned?
Hans, the boy means no harm, he’s
simply smitten. And he’s correct.
Your reputation does proceed you.
Laughter all around. The Reich Minister and his axis entourage,
make their way to front of the cafe, with the two dumb dogs on
a leash, leading the way.
No need for concern, you two.
As security chief, I simply need
to have a chat with the possible
new venue’s property owner.
I was just hoping to escort
Mademoiselle Mimieux back to her
Nonsense! You can eat ice cream,
and walk along the Sienne another
time. Right now, allow Col Landa
to do his job.
Everybody saystheir farewells.
Col Landa offers the young jew in hiding a seat at a small
table in the outside patio area of Maxims.
The fluency and poetic proficiency of the S.S. jew hunters
french, revels to the audience, that his feigning clumsiness at
french with Monsieur Lapadite in the films first scene, was
simply a interrogation-technique.
They speak FRENCH SUBTITLED into ENGLISH;
Have you tried the strudel here?
It’s not so terrible. So how is it
the young Private and yourself came
to be acquainted?
She’s about to answer, when a WAITER approaches.
Yes, two strudels, one for myself,
and one for the mademoiselle. A cup
of espresso, with a container of.
steamed milk, on the side.
For the Mademoiselle, a glass of milk.
Considering Shosanna. grew up on a dairy farm, and the last time
she was on a dairy farm, her strudel companion murdered her
entire family, his ordering her milk is, to say the
least… . disconcerting.
The key to Col Landa’s power, and or charm, depending on the
side ones on, lies in his ability to convince you he’s privy to
So Mademoiselle, you were beginning
Up untill a couple of days ago,
I had no knowledge of Private Zoller,
or his exploits. To me, the Private
was simply just a patron of my cinema.
We spoke a few times, but –
– Mademoiselle, let me interrupt you.
This is a simple formality, no
reason for you to feel anxious.
The Colonel takes one look at it, and says to the Waiter;
I apologize, I forgot to order the
the apple pie)
Wait for the cream.
So Emmanuelle – May I call you
So Emmanuelle, explain to me how
does it happen, that a young lady
such as your self, comes to own a
The Waiter returns, applying cream fresh to the two strudels.
The S.S. Colonel looks across the table at his companion, picking
up his fork, he says;
Shosanna takes Ã¢â‚¬Â¢a whip creamy bite of strudel, Landa follows her
Shosanna, mouth full of pie, indicates she approves.
Like I said, not so terrible.
So you were explaining the origin of
your cinema ownership?
The cinema originally belonged to
my aunt and uncle –
Col Landa removes alittle black book from his pocket.
– What is there names?
Jean-Pierre and Ada Mimieux.
He records the names in his little book.
Where are they now?
My uncle was killed during blitzkrieg.
Pity… . Continue.
Aunt Ada passed away from fever
It’s come to my attention you have
a negro in your employ, is that true?
Yes, he’s a Frenchman. His name is
Marcel. He worked with my aunt and
uncle since they opened the cinema.
He’s the only other one who works
Is he any good?
Actually one could see where that
might be a good trade for them.
Can you operate the projectors?
Of course I can.
Knowing the Reich Minister as I do,
I’m quite positive he wouldn’t want
the success or failure of his
illustrious evening, dependent on
the prowess of a negro. So if it
comes to pass we hold this event
at your venue, talented no doubt,
as your negro may be, you will
operate the projectors. Is that
As if she has any say.
Col Landa takes another bite of strudel, Shosanna follows suit.
So it would appear our young hero is
quite smitten with you?
Private Zollers feelings for me
aren’t of a romantic nature.
Colonel, his feelings are not
romantic. I remind him of his sister.
That doesn’t mean his feelings
I remind him of his sister who
It’s sounding more and more romantic
by the minute.
Landa takes out a handsome looking cigarette case, with a S.S.
LOGO on it. Removing on of the fags, he lights it up with a
fancy S.S. gold lighter. He offers one to Shosanna.
No thank you.
Do you smoke?
Then I insist, you must take one.
There not French, there German.
I hope your not nationalist about
your tobacco, to me French cigarettes
are a sin against nicotine.
She takes one, but makes no move to light it.
He inhales deep, and says;
I did have some thing else I wanted
to ask you, but right now, for the
life of me, I can’t remember what it
is. Oh well, must not of been important.
Col Landa stands up, throws some French francs on the table,
puts on his grey S.S. cap, touches his finger to his visor,
saluting Shosanna, and saying:
And with that he’s gone.
Shosanna breaths a sigh of relief.
The CAMERA begins to slowly lower from a MEDIUM CU to her feet
ankles and floor. We see her shoes are in a puddle of urine.
During her conversation and strudel with the man that
exterminated her entire family, shosanna pissed herself.
She drops the German cigarette in to the piss puddle by her
INT – CINEMA AUDITORIUM – NIGHT
The SILVER SCREEN
on screen is the German screwball comedy “LUCKY KIDS”.
We hear OFF SCREEN laughter at the on screen aryan antics.
Watching the screen, basking in his own toxic genius.
Laughing at the comedy, hand covering her mouth.
CU TWO BLACK POODLES
Pantingly watching the screen.
CU MAJOR HELLSTROM
Smiling, smoking a French cigarette.
CU COL LANDA
Smoking his calabash, amused.
CU FREDRICK ZOLLER
Truly enjoying himself.
watching the screen.
The LITERARY NARRATOR comes on the soundtrack.
While Shosanna sits there pretending
to be amused by the aryan antics of
Goebbels Frank Capra copy, “Lucky
Kids”, a thought suddenly comes to
We see her face get slightly distracted behind the eyes.
What if tonight, accidently, the
cinema burned down? The Third Reich
would lose it’s Minister of
propaganda, it’s national hero, and
it’s top jew hunter, all in one fell
She chuckles at the thought, though it looks like she’s
laughing at the German comedy.
“The END” card for “Lucky Kids” is projected.
The Nazi rouges gallery, and Shosanna, applaud the film.
The lights go up.
Goebbels excepts congratulations, as they stand and begin to
file out into the lobby.
The screening of “Lucky Kids” was a
complete success. And Heer Goebbels
conceded to have the venue changed
to Shosannas cinema. Not only that,
in a moment of inspiration, Heer
Goebbels had a idea.
Goebbels speaks GERMAN, and Francesca translates;
I must say, I appreciate the modesty
of this auditorium. Your Cinema
has real respect, almost church like.
Not to say we couldn’t spruce the
place up a bit. In Versailles
there’s a crystal chandelier hanging
in the banquet hall that is
extraordinary. we’re going to get it,
and hang it from the very middle of
auditorium roof. Also I want to go to
Louvre, pick up a few Greek nudes,
and just scatter them about the lobby.
we see a quick series of shots that show all that happening.
The chandelier being removed from the ceiling of Versailles.
Greek nude statues being hand trucked out of the Louvre.
A truck driving through the french countryside with the
enormous crystal chandelier in the back.
The lobby of Shosanna’s cinema, pimped out in Nazi iconography.
WORKERS buzz around decorating. The Greek statues are moved
We see Workers trying with incredible difficulty, to hoist the
huge, heavy, and twinkingly fragile chandelier, in Shosannas
auditorium, which now resembles something out of one of Tinto
Brass’s Italian B-movie rip off’s of Visconti’s “The Damned”.
watches all this from a opera box, she shakes her head in
BACK TO SHOSANNA AND THE NAZI “S
in the lobby, post screening of “Lucky Rids”, she’s soundlessly
escorting them to the door, as they make their goodbyes.
As they left the little French
cinema that night, all the Germans
were very happy…
We see Private Zoller hanging back, so he.can say goodbye.
None more so then Private Zoller.
She closes the door on him. Watching the Nazi’s walk into the
Paris night. Their shadows, for a moment onAwall, look
like grotesque Nazi charcthers. 4644
The Nazi’s are gone.
Marcel sits at the top of the staircase of the lobby, looking
down at Shosanna.
They speak in FRENCH SUBTITLED into ENGLISH;
What the fuck are we suppose to do?
It looks like we’re suppose to have
a Nazi premier.
Like I said, what the fuck are we
suppose to do?
Well, I need to speak with you
About these Hun swine, commandeering
What about it?
She slowly walks up the stairs to Marcel. She makes him part
his legs, and sits on the lower step, between his legs. Her
back up against his chest, his arms around her shoulders.
Shosanna has only known this type of intimacy with Marcel.
Well, when I was watching the bosch
I got a idea.
I’m confused, what are we talking
Filling the cinema with Nazi’s and
their whores, and burning it down
to the ground.
I’m not talking about that, your
talking about that.
No, we’re talking about that,
right now. If we can keep this
place from burning down by
ourselves, we can burn it down
No, Marcel, just for sake of argument,
if we wanted to burn down the cinema,
for any number of reasons, you and I
could physically accomplish that, no?
Oui Shosanna, we could do that.
And with Madame Mimieux’s 350 nitrate
film print collection, we wouldn’t
even need explosives, would we?
You mean we wouldn’t need any more
Oui, that’s exactly what I mean.
She begins kissing his hands.
I am going to burn down the cinema
on Nazi night.
One of his fingers probes her mouth.
And if I’m going to burn down the
cinema, which I am, we both know,
your not going to let me do it
The back of her head presses up hard against him, as his hand
both caresses, and grips her lovely neck.
Because you love me. And I love you.
And your the only person on this earth
I can trust.
She then TWISTS around, so she’s straddling him. They are now,
face to face.
But that’s not all we’re going to do.
Does the filmmaking equipment it the
attic still work? I know the film
camera does. How about the sound
Quite well, actually. I recorded a
new guitarist I met in a cafe last
week. It works superb. Why do we
need filmmaking equipment?
Because Marcel, my sweet, we’re
going to make a film. Just for the
FADE TO BLACK
INT – ENGLISH COUNTRY ESTATE – DAY
A young MILITARY ATTACHE, opens the sliding double doors
that serve as a entrance to the room.
Right this way, Lieutenant.
A snappy handsome British Lieutenant in dress browns, steps inside
the room. This officer, who has been mixing it up with
the Gerrys since the late thirties, is named LT.ARCHIE HICOX.
A young George Sanders type(The Saint and Private affairs of
Bel Ami, years).
Upon entering the room, Lt.Hicox is gobsmacked.
Standing before him is legendary military mastermind,
GENERAL ED FENECH, a older George Sanders type (Village of the
But in the back of the room, sitting behind a piano,
smoking his ever present cigar, is the unmistakable
bulk of WINSTON CHURCHELL.
Lt. Archie Hicox, reporting sir.
General Ed Fenech, at ease Hicox.
Hicox’s eye’s go to the formidable bulldog behind the piano,
who’s scrutinizing him behind his cigar. However the man behind
the cigar makes no gesture, and the General, makes no
acknowledgment of the three hundred pound gorilla in the room.
Which Lt.Hicox knows enough to mean, if Churchell isn’t
introduced, he ain’t there.
if you offered me a scotch and plane
water, I could drink a scotch and
That a boy, Lieutenant. Make it
yourself, like a good chap,
will you? Bars in the globe.
Hicox heads over to the bar globe.
Something for yourself, sir?
Whiskey straight. No junk in it.
The Lieutenant moves over to the Columbus-style globe bar, and
busies himself mixing spirits, playing bartender chappy.
Fenech, eyeing the Lieutenant’s file.
It says here you’ve run three
undercover commando operations in
Germany, and German occupied
territories? Frankfaurt, Holland,
and Norway to be exact?
Back to them, mixing drinks, he says;
Extraordinary people, the Norwegian’s.
It says here you speak German fluently?
Like a Katzenjammer Kid.
And your occupation before the war?
His back still to us, as he bartends…
LT. H I COX
I’m a film critic.
List your accomplishments?
Well sir, such as they are, I write
reviews and articles, for a publication
called; “Films and Filmmakers”.
As well as our sister publication.
What’s that called?
“Flickers Bi-Monthly”. And I’ve had
two books published.
Impressive. Don’t be modest Lieutenant,
what are their titles?
LT. HI COX
The first book was called; “Art Of The
Eye’s, The Heart, and The Mind:A Study
of German Cinema in the Twenties”.
And the second one was called; …
He turns around with his whiskey and plain water, and the
Generals whiskey no junk. He finishes what he was saying, as
he walks toward the General, handing him his drink.
“Twenty-Four Frame Da Vinci”.
It’s a subtexual film criticism
study of the work of German director
LT. HI COX
What should we drink to, sir?
Down with Hitler.
All the way down, sir.
Are you familiar with German cinema
under the Third Reich?
LT. HI COX
Yes. Obviously I haven’t seen any of
the films made in the last three
years, but I am familiar with it.
Explain it to me.?
This little escapade of ours,
requires a knowledge of the German
film industry under the Third Reich.
Explain to me UFA, under Goebbels?
Goebbels considers the films he’s
making to be the beginning of a new
era in German cinema. A alternative
to what he considers the Jewish
German intellectual cinema of the
twenties. And the Jewish controlled
dogma of Hollywood.
SUDDENLY… Bellowing from the back of the room;
How’s he doing?
LT. H I COX
Frightfully sorry sir, once again?
You say he wants to take on the Jews
at their own game? Compared to say
.Louis B.Mayer…how’s he doing?
Quite well, actually. Since Goebbels
has taken over, film attendance has
steadily risen in Germany over the
last eight years. But Louis B.Mayer
wouldn’t be Goebbels proper opposite
number. I believe Goebbels see’s himself
closer to David O.Selznick.
Gen.Fenech looks to the Prime Minister.
With a puff of cigar smoke, Churchell says;
Lt.Bicox, at this point in time I’d
like to brief you on, Operation Kino.
Three days from now, Joseph Goebbels is
throwing a gala premier of one of his
new movies in Paris –
– What film sir?
The General has to resort to peeking at his file.
The motion pictures called; “Nation’s
Oh, you mean the film about Private
We don’t have any intelligence, on
exactly, what the film that night
will be about.
But it’s called “Nation’s Pride”?
I can tell you what it’s about,
it’s about Private Fredrick Zoller.
He’s the German Sgt.York.
Fenech can’t help suppress a smile, they have the right man.
In attendance at this joyous Germatic
occasion, will be Goebbels, Gerring,
Boorman, and most of the German High
command, including all high ranking
officers of both The S.S., and, The
Gestapo. As well as luminaries of the
Nazi propaganda film industry.
The master race at play, aye?
Basically, we have all our rotten
eggs in one basket. The objective of
Operation Kino…. Blow up the basket.
“…and like the snows of yesteryear,
gone from this earth”. Jolly good, sir.
An American Secret Service outfit,
that lives deep behind enemy lines,
will be your assist. The Germans call
them; “The Basterds”.
“The Basterds”, never heard of them.
Whole point of the secret service,
old boy, you not hearing of them.
But the Gerrys have heard of them,
because these yanks have been them
the devil. Their leader is a chap
named Lt.Aldo Raine. The Germans
call him, “Aldo the Apache”.
Why do they call him that?
Best guess, is because he removes the
scalps of the Nazi dead.
He runs his finger along his hairline.
Like a red Injun.