Synopsis: Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With only a week left before shooting begins, he desperately searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, his muse, and his mother. As his chaotic profession steadily destroys his personal life, Guido must find a balance between creating art and succumbing to its obsessive demands.
Director(s): Rob Marshall
Production: The Weinstein Co.
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 56 nominations.
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118 min

We had such, potential. Such promise

But we squandered our gifts,

our intelligence.

Our blind pursuit of technology

only sped us quicker to our doom.

Our world is ending

but life must go on.

Wait, I'm a friend.

Yes. I always hoped...

so much thought...

The details, carved wood.

Built in copper.

You can't speak?

Come with me.

Here. Stop!

Some things in this world...

Are better left where they lie.

but if you know where to look...

these ruins are full of risks.

Wait, wait.

Almost there.

Friend... friend?

- Friend.

- Friend.

What's this?

You've found it.

He's... He's always drawing this.

Are... are we alone?

No, no...


Get in the can, go on.

Why don't you finish, what you started...

with me.

It's alright.

I'm not going to hurt you.

You're safe now.

Where am I?

With us. I never expected

to see another one.

There, that should hold.

If two were here, he would

have done a better job.

- I wonder where he has gone to?

- I was with him.

Two? Where, out there?

- What did he ...?

- Keeping secrets from me, I see?

I was coming to tell you.

What's this?

I found him, in the emptiness.

What were you doing out there?

You know the beast.

How many times have I told you?

The Beast? That's what took, two.

If we hurry, we can save him.

- The beast took him? That's the end of it.

- But he was still alive.

No! We have rules!

Our new guest seems confused.

Perhaps I can help

teach you some clarity.

- It didn't kill him?

- Quiet.

Hold on.

When we woke in this world...

it was chaos.

Man and machine, attacked

each other, with fire and metal.

I found others.

There's a gap ahead.

Follow me.

The gas killed, everything.

I led us here...

to sanctuary.

and here we waited

for the war to end.

Slowly the world, became silent.

The only thing that remains now...

Is the, beast.

So, we stay hidden and

we wait for it to, sleep.

But where did it come

from? Why is it hunting us?

Questions like that are, pointless.

We need to protect ourselves.

Keep ourselves out of danger.

Too many of us

have already been lost.

But he isn't lost.

- Why aren't you listening to me?

- Two, chose his own path!

I suggest you avoid

making the same mistake.

Go to the, watch tower

and take our guest, with you.

This was the first

thing we built together.

- We can still go after him?

- Us?

But he could be anywhere out there.

That's where it took him. Down

towards those three tall shapes.

Oh no! We can't! Not there.

We have rules.

- Why do you listen to, one?

- A group must have a leader.

But what if he's wrong?

Come with me.

I can't do it alone.


I... I can't.


Wouldn't he have come for you?


We're going to need a map.

Actually, I don't mind having one eye.

It's easier for me. I can concentrate

on one thing at a time. You know?

Why was he out here alone?

- Where's this tunnel?

- I don't know.


We should go back.

We can't.

The, beast.

It's too dark.

We can use that.


Two, would be impressed.

We'll find him.

You know, you're just like him. You

forget to remember, to be scared.

Can I wait here?

Why would he bring him here?



I knew you would come.

I thought...?

Dirty thing.

- Seven?

- I don't believe it.

- You've come back.

- I never left.

You've finally decided

to join the fight.

You dropped this.

Where have you been hiding?

Rusty, hack tic, gathered,

shiny pile of scrap.

Wait. What are you doing?

You don't even know what it is.

No! Two!


Hurry, quick.

What are you waiting for?

Keep running.

Come on.

I knew we should't have come.

Why? Why did you do that?

I didn't know. I'm sorry.

I'm sorry.

What were you thinking?

What's it going to do?

I know where we can find answers.

Is this, what it was like?

Keep up.

Oh, they've been here, the whole time?


They've been hiding

here, lost in the past.

Looking for answers.

They're cataloguing.

We need your help.

- We awakened, something.

- No, I awakened, something.

Something terrible.

That's it!

Today, the, chancellor presented

the latest advancement...

of technological wizardry to the public.


Today begins a new era.

Let us praise this new technology.

Welcome to, the age of the machine.

It will make new machines,

in it's own image.

Machines of peace. Let us

know a glorious new era...

of wealth and prosperity for the state.

Governors are advised to

pause, for a public address.

Science has turned it's

sinister eyes against us.

People of our mighty state.

Join me in repelling

the iron fist of the machine.

But the thing that woke

it, it was round and

engraved with strange shapes.

The shapes corresponded.

It fit perfectly, into the machine.

I think it was made for it.

That's what, six always draws.


Two, collected his drawings.

He was always studying them.

- I have to see them.

- What?

Go back to, one?

So he can lock us away,

while this nightmare awakens?


Alright... alright where

did he put them?

Here somewhere.

Here. Here.

There they are.


You awakened, what?

You fools.

- I warned you.

- He warned you.

Now you've awoke

unimaginable, terror.

And may I ask, did you manage

to save, two. Of course not.

By following this wickless fool, you've

endangered everything we've worked for.

- Why was, two sent out to begin with?

- I sent him. To scout.

That doesn't make any sense.

You don't send the oldest down to...


we need to figure out, what's going on.

The source... The source...

Go back, to the source...

This is it! This is what

wakened the machine.

What do you know about this?

Now you can't be trusted.

I wont allow you, to endanger us further.

Subjugate them.

- Sub... What?

- You illiterate crimp...

Take their belongings.

- Hey...

- Wait!

You're nothing but a coward.

How dare you challenge me? I, who

kept everyone safe all these years.

Ever since you got here,

everything has been unravelling.

You're a curse! A fool.

- Guided by pointless queries .

- And you... are a blind man.

Guided by fear.

Sometimes fear... is the

appropriate response.


- Nine!

- Go!

- Nine!

- Keep going, I'll find a way down.

Come on.

Let me try that again.

The cable! Pull it!

Grab on.

Grab the wire.

Your cape... let it go.

I can't.

Do it now!

It's only a cape.

There will be more, wont there?


It's not safe here.

Stand look out.

I'll search out a safer retreat.

- What, hat is it?

- The source.

That thing that woke the machine.

- Go back, go back.

- Back to where?

Dark science.

What good does this

useless rubbish do us? Forget it!

You know something.

What do you know?

I know enough, to leave

ancient evil to moulder.

Look what they've left us with.

Leave it be I say. But you...

always asking questions.

So many pointless

questions... Probing, pushing.

Like, two, he always

had to know, so much.

I was right, you did

send him out to die.

He was old, he was weak.

Sometimes one must be sacrificed

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Michael Tolkin

Michael L. Tolkin (born October 17, 1950) is an American filmmaker and novelist. He has written numerous screenplays, including The Player (1992), which he adapted from his novel of the same name (1988), and for which he received the Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay (1993). The Return of the Player, followed (2006). more…

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