Kate and Leopold

Synopsis: Kate & Leopold is a 2001 romantic-comedy fantasy that tells a story of a duke who travels through time from New York in 1876 to the present and falls in love with a woman in modern New York. The film is directed by James Mangold and stars Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber.



Ornate antique GRANDFATHER CLOCK strikes 2:15.

The credits begin to roll.

Calligraphy place cards are painstakingly hand-written in

preparation for a formal reception.

Servants meticulously clean an elaborate crystal chandelier.

Hands rapidly shine silver cutlery.

Fresh flowers arranged in several enormous vases.


Kitchen clock strikes 2:15.

Poultry plucked. Feathers everywhere.

Steaming copper pots boiling over. Platters prepared with

decorative garnish.

Extravagant tiered cake is lavishly iced. A glob of frosting

enters a pair of puckered lips. The perpetrator, a fey,

pompous, HEAD VALET, seriously considers the texture and

flavor of the icing, then gives the PASTRY CHEF a withering,

sour look.

The valet, oblivious to the chef's fury, gathers a prepared

silver breakfast tray and checks his pocket watch. 2:15.


Antique bedside table clock -- just past 2:15. The valet

throws open velvet drapes, sunlight FLOODS the room revealing

a figure sleeping soundly in a massive oak framed bed. The

valet puts down the tray, pulls back the quilt.

The dozing figure gives the valet a deliberate, angry KICK.

Flinching infinitesimally, the valet crosses to the closet,

selects three suits and holds them up for inspection. From

beneath the puffiest of pillows, AN EYE reluctantly opens. A

weary arm points decisively to the riding outfit.


The riding outfit is adorned by LEOPOLD, Duke of Albany, a

dashing, virile man in his 30's. GALLOPING with great abandon,

he expertly leads his horse up hills and over hedges. He

sends gardeners shaping the grounds fleeing from his path.

In the background, lanterns are being strung throughout the

estate. Rugs are beaten out of open windows.


Large hallway clock -- 6:15. A pair of boots track a freshly

scrubbed floor as Leopold heads carelessly up the stairway.

Three steps behind, the valet snaps his fingers signaling

the staff to clean up the mess.


Gaudily framed portraits of somber relations.

A bird sits listless in a gilded cage.

Hot water is poured into a bath.

Carriages begin to arrive.

Orchestra leader signals the musicians to play.

Guests fill the ballroom in formal attire.


Leopold stares haughtily into a full length mirror.

He wears only dotted linen drawers and a black silk top hat

of the period. He flexes slightly. The valet hastily fastens

a corset around his mid-section from behind.

Leopold eyes his reflection seductively. He becomes bored.

He turns to his right. The valet spoons sorbet from a silver

saucer into his mouth. He turns back to the mirror to watch

himself eat. The valet pats his mouth dry.

He affects a pampered STRUT, crossing the room as the valet

sprays a mixture of perfume and powder into the air. Leopold

thrusts out his arms walking through the mist, turns and

saunters back to his favorite place, in front of the mirror.

Finally, as if weighing a great decision, Leopold hands his

hat to his valet and nods firmly into the mirror.


Fine linen undervest slides over his head.

Black twilled worsted trousers pulled up to his waist.

The buttoning of his hard, white, roll collar.

A cream suede glove stitched in black slides over his hand.

A perfect tight bow tie is tied around his neck.

An elegant black tuxedo jacket with silk facings and tails

to the knees is fitted to his torso.

His hair is sleeked with oil and centrally parted.

His eyebrows are brushed with a tiny silver comb.

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James Mangold

James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for directing the films Cop Land, Girl, Interrupted, Kate & Leopold, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma, and Knight and Day. more…

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