9 INT. WINGS MOVIE THEATER LOS ANGELES - NIGHT 9
From the moment they parked the car onwards, we become
absorbed by what's happening around the screening of end of
Behind the screen, we've seen the actor who plays the hero -
his name is George Valentin - closely studying the reactions
of the audience. He was standing close to his dog, motioning
to it not to make a noise. The dog's name is Jack.
In the same area, we've also seen the lead actress. Her name
is Constance Gray. She too looks tense and is latched onto
the arm of a pleasant-looking man who is chewing anxiously on
a cigar. The man looks rich, but a little weak. He's surely
10 INT. MOVIE THEATER LOS ANGELES - NIGHT 10
In the house, much of the audience is open-mouthed, excited,
immobile and often wide-eyed.
In the pit, a symphony orchestra plays to accompany the film.
(9) Now that the film is ending, and the last note is
sounding, the cast anxiously awaits the audience's verdict,
which, after two or three seconds of silence, bursts into
thunderous applause, to the great joy of the actor and the
people around him, especially the actress and the producer,
who kiss each other on the lips.
Two theater hands bring down the curtain.
(10) The lights come on. George Valentin comes onto the stage
and acknowledges the audience, they are cheering for him. He
is so happy he dances a few tap steps to express his joy then
he acknowledges the orchestra before finally motioning to
someone in the wings to join him. Jack the dog trots over in
response. The crowd laughs and cheers, George waves to the
dog, Jack waves back then waves at the audience, the people
are loving it!
In the wings, Constance is fuming with rage, but on stage,
George is pretending with his fingers to pull at the dog, who
fakes death. Thunderous applause again.