Basquiat script
Basquiat (1996)
Synopsis: Despite living a life of extreme poverty in Brooklyn, graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright) strives to rise up through the heady New York art scene of the 1970s and 1980s. He becomes the brightest star of neo-Expressionist painting and one of the most successful painters of his time, and even develops a friendship with Andy Warhol (David Bowie). But Basquiat's tumultuous life, specifically his addiction to heroin, overshadows his rise to fame, threatening all.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK – DAY

Rene grabs the box for use as a desk and continues to speak out

loud as he writes.

RENE (CONT'D, O.S.)

Part of the artist's job is to get the

work where I will see it.

EXT. LOWER EAST SIDE ST. – DAY

As he speaks, we see Jean pass the wall of a funeral parlor. He

spraypaints:
"SAMO AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO GOD"

RENE (CONT'D, O.S.)

When you first see a new picture, you

don't want to miss the boat. You have to

be very careful because you may be staring

at Van Gogh's ear.

Jean signs his words with his 'logo', a triple pointed crown.

As he presses the spray can, we HEAR the roar of a breaker.

CUT TO:

INSERT:
CLOSEUP OF SIDEWALK

Pressed into the concrete is a pair of EYEGLASSES. A light-colored

piece of rock completes the picture to make a face.

EXT. LESHKO'S RESTAURANT – DAY

JEAN'S POV:
His shoes pause next to the face in the concrete.

CUT TO:

IN FRONT OF THE RESTAURANT

Is a METAL BILLBOARD with red plastic magnetized LETTERS that

reads:
"TODAY'S SPECIAL: CLAM CHOWDER $1.50. TRY IT!!!"

CUT TO:

INT. LESHKO'S – DAY

Jean enters.

CUT TO:

EXT. LESHKO'S RESTAURANT – DAY

The sign. It now reads: "SAMO'S DAY OLD TEETH $5.00"

CUT TO:

INT. LESHKO'S RESTAURANT – DAY

Bending over a countertop, we see GINA CARDINALE, 22. He fixates

on her.

She looks up and notices his stare. She continues to work.

Still staring at her, he sits down at a table. He pours maple

syrup onto the table. He draws in the syrup with his fingers.

CLOSE ON SYRUP ON TABLE

ANOTHER WAITRESS arrives at his table. She's put off by the syrup.

WAITRESS:

What'll it be?

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Julian Schnabel

ulian Schnabel (born October 26, 1951) is an American painter and filmmaker. In the 1980s, Schnabel received international media attention for his "plate paintings"—large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic plates. Schnabel directed Before Night Falls, which became Javier Bardem's breakthrough Academy Award-nominated role, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which was nominated for four Academy Awards. more…

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