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1A EXT. VINCI COUNTRYSIDE -RENAISSANCE -DAY 1A
A TRAVELING MERCHANT WITH AN UNFORGETTABLY ETCHED FACE
rambles past a timelessly beautiful Italian countryside
on a trusty mule.
A jaw-droppingly storybook castle looms before him. The
merchant dismounts and pulls forth a cask of wine. Settling
down upon a tree stump, he removes his hat and
inhales the fresh air with a life-loving sigh.
The merchant brings the cask to his lips when suddenly a
LOUD EXPLOSION is heard causing the merchant to douse
himself with a blast of vino.
Leonardo, che pazzo...
The merchant shakes his fist up to a swish pan that
swings up toward a smoking window of the awesome castle.
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3 INT. ROOM OF THE GOLD MACHINE 3
The charismatic LEONARDO DA VINCI, with his trademark
beard, drifts through the smoke of a mammoth room. A
flash of light causes him to put on a pair of very early,
very cool sunglasses. Something extraordinary reflects
Da Vinci moves to the Something, a gloriously incredible
machine. The opening CREDITS REVEAL its dazzling idiosyncrasies.
TWO COUGHING APPRENTICES haplessly try to disperse smoke
from the still billowing, mysteriously spectacular
Machine. Mirrors attached to parts of it reflect beams
of light which cut through the smoke like a Renaissance
Marcolino, mettiamoli il plumba.
The apprentice throws a lever. A shunt near the furnace
turns. Steam escapes upwards.
Su la fiamma. Su! Su! Sole!
Basta. Chudere! Chudere!
The Master peers at the smoking yellow bar.
Da Vinci's pride goes dead as the implications hit.
The apprentices scurry out. Mind reeling, Da Vinci turns
his back to the viewer, before a wall of frescoes.
Spinning back around, using the edge of his cloak, Da
Vinci pulls out the large gleaming crystal with a pop.
4 OMITTED 4
A5 INT. DA VINCI'S WORKSHOP A5
With an accompanying blast of smoke, Da Vinci bursts
through some double doors into his workshop, sadly
reflecting upon the crystal in one hand and the tonged
bar in the other.
His workshop is a spendiferously enigmatic blend of
laboratory and studio; On a table in the foreground is
a fresh clay equestrian statue; a large VOLUME of
sketches, the inkwell nearby; a MODEL of what looks like
a HELICOPTER; Da Vinci flings the tonged bar on the table
among these goodies.
Pocketing the crystal, Da Vinci meanders through his
workshop casually tinkering with various experiments.
Leonardo stops at an easel displaying a finished-exceptfor-
the-mouth portrait of Mona Lisa, who happens to be
seated in a stool before the easel. She broadly smiles,
revealing the worst dental work of her epoch. Da Vinci
shakes his head and moves out onto a
Maestro, (siammo pronti).
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HUDSON HAWK -Rev. 11/29/90 3.
5A EXT. CASTLE TERRACE 5A
Que bel lavoro.
Maestro, non penso sia una buona
Non te preoccupare. Sieta pronti?
Siamo pronti, maestro.
Via, fatame vedere qua causa di bona!
Glider goes. Leonardo muses. The bat winged glider
5B AHAWK 5B
who is revealed to be flying over Sing Sing prison. At
the sight of the prison, the music on the soundtrack
abruptly changes from Renaissance Orchestral to Jimi
Hendrix's "Stone Free."
6 INT. A SING SING CELL BLOCK 6
O.K., one coat, one hat. Some personal
items. There's your wallet. I think
you'll find everything in there.