Youth script
Youth (2015)
Synopsis: Fred (Michael Caine), a retired composer and conductor, vacations at a Swiss Spa with his longtime friend Mick (Harvey Keitel). As Mick crafts what may be his final screenplay, Fred is given the opportunity to perform for the Queen.

people.

FIFTY-YEAR OLD EMISSARY

Her Majesty will be delighted to

learn you have accepted.

FRED BALLINGER:

Her Majesty has never been

delighted about anything.

Embarrassed, the Queen’s emissary skates over Fred’s remark.

FIFTY-YEAR OLD EMISSARY

What is more, your investiture just

happens to coincide with the

birthday of His Royal Highness The

Prince Philip, and the Queen would

very much like to give him a

concert with the London

Philharmonic Orchestra at the New

Wimbledon Theatre, to which the

Prince is deeply attached, for

reasons unknown to me. Her Majesty

would be delight-- honored if you

would agree to conduct, your own

compositions of course.

4.

FRED BALLINGER:

I haven’t conducted for a long

time.

FIFTY-YEAR OLD EMISSARY

(smiles) I’m sure you haven’t

forgotten how it’s done.

Fred Ballinger ponders this.

FRED BALLINGER:

No, I haven’t forgotten how it’s

done.

The Queen’s emissary’s smiles radiantly.

FIFTY-YEAR OLD EMISSARY

Prince Philip and Her Majesty will

be simply ecstatic to hear you

conduct your famous “Simple Songs.”

In a remarkably calm, resigned voice, Fred says:

FRED BALLINGER:

Ah, but I will not conduct any of

my “Simple Songs.”

FIFTY-YEAR OLD EMISSARY

Why not?

FRED BALLINGER:

Personal reasons.

FIFTY-YEAR OLD EMISSARY

The great soprano Sumi Jo has

agreed to sing.

FRED BALLINGER:

Sumi Jo won’t do.

FIFTY-YEAR OLD EMISSARY

Well then, tell me which soprano

would do, and you shall have her.

FRED BALLINGER:

No one will do.

Fred Ballinger’s refusal seems irrevocable. He goes back to

reading the paper, all the flattery already behind him. The

emissary is devastated. He lowers his head.

Silence. Only a slight noise. The camera moves to discover

what it is. Fred is rubbing the plastic-coated candy wrapper

between his fingers at regular intervals. Without a doubt,

the quick, alternating tempo creates a distinct musical

rhythm.

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Paolo Sorrentino

Paolo Sorrentino was born on May 31, 1970 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Great Beauty (2013), Youth (2015) and This Must Be the Place (2011). He is married to Daniela D'Antonio. They have two children. more…

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