The Public Eye script
Synopsis: The Public Eye is a 1992 Universal Studios neo-noir film produced by Sue Baden-Powell and written and directed by Howard Franklin, starring Joe Pesci and Barbara Hershey. Stanley Tucci and Richard Schiff appear in supporting roles. The film is loosely based on New York Daily News photographer Arthur "Weegee" Fellig, and some of the photos in the film were taken by Fellig.

Deco lettering is surround by the stamped outline of an eye,

like something on an optometrist's sign. Around the upper

and lower lids of the eye it says "CREDIT PHOTO TO - THE

GREAT BERNZINI". In the center of the eye it says "THE PUBLIC

EYE"

He slams the trunk shut.

CUT TO:

INT. DAILY NEWS BUILDING - NIGHT

CLOSE ON a Daily News check, made out to Leon Bernstein. On

a stub, the check is carefully accounted for.

1 Corpse (2 bullets @ $1.50 each)............$3.00

Bernzy, riding down in an elevator, folds the check into his

pocket.

INT. DAILY NEWS LOBBY

The elevator doors open, Bernzy steps out.

The Photographer we saw leaving Thompson St. steps into the

lobby.

He only has to see Bernzy to know he's too late.

PHOTOGRAPHER:

Shit.

CUT TO:

INT./EXT. BERNZY'S SEDAN/STREET - NIGHT

Bernzy drives, his eyes intently scanning the nighttime

street.

A steady, low hiss is emitted from a police radio, that is

gerry-rigged under his dusty dashboard, swaying on its wires.

A metal plate on the radio says FOR POLICE VEHICLES ONLY.

Bernzy's Speed Graphic, with flash, sits on the seat next to

him.

As Bernzy reads every shadow and doorway for potential

pictures,

We see what he sees out the window (buildings and people) in

black and white, slightly overcranked: the POV of Bernzy's

trained eye.

CUT TO:

INT. TENEMENT HALLWAY - NIGHT

On the landing of the stairwell, a young Puerto Rican Woman

wails hysterically as two Cops try to calm her down. She's

in her nightgown. A flashbulb fires over her.

The narrow stairway is packed with Policemen and Puerto Rican

neighbors in their T-shirts, pajamas and robes.

A COP leads two Ambulance Attendants, with a stretcher, up

the stairs shouting as he goes.

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Howard Franklin

Howard Franklin is an American screenwriter and film director, known for such films as The Name of the Rose and Quick Change, his collaboration with Bill Murray. His other films include The Public Eye, about a 1940s tabloid photographer modeled on the photojournalist Weegee and starring Joe Pesci; Someone to Watch Over Me and The Man Who Knew Too Little. more…

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