The Libertine script
The Libertine (2006)
Synopsis: John Wilmot (Johnny Depp), the egotistical second Earl of Rochester, leads an entirely debauched life. When not writing bawdy verse, Wilmot spends his time imbibing massive amounts of alcohol and bedding myriad women, including Elizabeth Barry (Samantha Morton). When King Charles II (John Malkovich) commissions him to write a play, he happily agrees. But after Wilmot foolishly uses his big break to skewer the crown, he must face a furious Charles -- and the real possibility of exile.

FADE IN:

CLOSE ON - A ROLLED UP NEWSPAPER

Swinging in the HAND that carries it. Behind the paper aMARBLE FLOOR becomes an ELEVATOR FLOOR.

The carrier taps the paper against his leg as the elevator

moves.

The elevator floor becomes a CARPETED HALLWAY. The hand

drops the paper in front of a door then reaches into a BAGand pulls out ANOTHER NEWSPAPER.

The carrier walks down the hallway and does this a secondtime, then a third. At the fourth door

INT. BRANDILL TOWERS - HALLWAY - DAY

The paper lands at the feet of DAVE MONROE, 35, a friendlypoliceman doing SUDOKU in a FOLDING CHAIR.

DAVE:

My hand is here.

PEDRO, 28, the newspaper delivery man, answers.

PEDRO:

I like to see you work for it.

(re:
Sudoku)

You on Advanced yet?

DAVE:

They should call the goddamn Mediumlevel Advanced, just to fluff the

ego. Label the next one Genius.

PEDRO:

It's all about celebrating mediocrity,

huh Dave?

Pedro continues down the hall. Dave picks up the paper andopens the door behind him.

INT. MAURICE'S APARTMENT - FRONT HALL - DAY

Dave steps into the swank apartment.

DAVE:

Mr. Lunel-Caspi? I have your paper.

MAURICE LUNEL-CASPI, 60, distinguished, French, andoverbearing, appears in a SILK ROBE.

2.

MAURICE:

He's late. Again.

Maurice grabs the newspaper and looks at the front page,

clearly disappointed in what he sees. He rummages the paperuntil he finds what he wants.

MAURICE (CONT'D)

Page three beneath the fold. A

national insult.

Maurice steps into the

LIVING ROOM:

And cuts out the article. Dave awkwardly watches an ANKLEMONITOR poke out from beneath Maurice's robe.

Maurice tapes the clipping to a WALL COLLAGE of news items.

They read:

-- "Head of French National Assembly Arrested in New Yorkfor Sex Assault."

-- "Maurice Lunel-Caspi: 'I did not attack that maid.'"

-- "MLC suspends campaign for French president"

DAVE:

Any big news?

MAURICE:

Does the most overpaid doorman inNew York want a hot tip to sell thePost?

DAVE:

I'm a police officer.

MAURICE:

Whose job is to sit outside my door.

Dave turns to leave.

MAURICE (CONT'D)

Third page beneath the fold. There's

your answer.

(off Dave's look)

No new news.

DAVE:

Your robe is ugly.

3.

MAURICE:

Remember my lawyer's sending someoneat two.

The door shuts behind Dave.

Maurice stares at the wall, bored. He scratches his ankle.

The skin around the monitor is irritated from his nails.

Maurice flops onto the couch and flips through the paper.

Maurice looks over at an interior DOORWAY. He takes the

newspaper and walks over.

Maurice almost knocks, then fixes his robe and hair. He

knocks.

No answer.

Maurice knocks again.

EDITH (O.S.)

Go away.

Maurice opens the door.

INT. MASTER BEDROOM - DAY

EDITH RIVET, 55, Maurice's commanding wife, rises from herLEATHER CHAIR and marches away from her LAPTOP. She wears a

BUSINESS SUIT and speaks with an ambiguous internationalaccent.

EDITH:

We have one rule in this apartment.

One rule.

MAURICE:

I saw an article you might finduseful.

Edith starts pushing Maurice out of the room.

EDITH:

Wait until I come into the kitchen,

then show it to me. Or, if it can'twait, email me.

MAURICE:

You want me to email you from theliving room?

EDITH:

I want you to walk into the living

room.

4.

MAURICE:

I will if you look at the article.

EDITH:

I'll look at it in the living room.

Maurice makes a courteous gesture toward the door.

MAURICE:

After you.

EDITH:

Cut the gentleman crap and walk infront of me.

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Ben Kopit

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