Sweet Smell of Success

INT. SIDNEY'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

SALLY is on the phone as Sidney strides in.

SALLY
Just a minute, Mr. Weldon. I
think...

Sidney vigorously indicates that he doesn't want to take the
call.

SALLY
(to phone)
I'm sorry. I thought that was Mr.
Falco returning. Yes, I'll tell
him when he comes in. I know he's
been trying to reach you.

She hangs up.

SALLY
That's the third time he's called
today.

SIDNEY
He wants me to break a leg?

SALLY

No, an arm, he said.
(then)
I told him you were sure the item
would be in Mr. Hunsecker's column
in tomorrow's...

SIDNEY
(interrupting, sharply)
It isn't. I've just seen the early
edition.

SALLY
But...

SIDNEY
But what?

SALLY
That makes five days in a row that
Mr. Hunsecker's cut you out of his
column.

SIDNEY
May I rent you out as an adding
machine
.

He has begun to change his clothes.

SIDNEY
Get me Joe Robard.

Sally goes back into the outer room.

SIDNEY
Who else phoned?

SALLY
The renting agent and the tailor.

SIDNEY
Pay the rent. Let the tailor wait.

SALLY
It won't leave much of a balance in
the bank...
(to phone)
Mr. Robard? Could you locate him?

Sidney, in a state of semi-undress, comes to take the phone
from her.

SIDNEY
(gloomily)
Watch me run a fifty yard dash with
my legs cut off!

Very abruptly, he comes alive on the phone. A real laughing
boy.

SIDNEY
(effusively)
Sidney, Joe. How do you like it?
I'm running out of alibis! No, I
asked Hunsecker to withhold the
item, until he could give it a
fine, fat paragraph. The column
was running over and I didn't want
you kissed off with just a line...

INT. ROBARD'S CLUB - NIGHT

Robard is a secure man, balding and with a moustache.
He has a morose sense of humor. He is speaking from a
telephone on a little desk at the end of the bar. In
background, the Club is open, but there are few customers as
yet. Some recorded jazz is being played while the musicians
are still arriving, strolling past in background, depositing
their overcoats and music cases in the little closet assigned
to them.

ROBARD
(in answer to Sidney)
Of course.
(he listens to
protest from Sidney)
What is this, Sidney, a kissing
game? You're a liar - that's a
publicity man's nature. I wouldn't
hire you if you wasn't a liar. I
pay you a C-and-a-half a week
wherein you plant big lies about me
and the Club all over the map.
(a pause)
Yeah, I mean in that sense. But
also in the sense that you are a
personal liar, too, because you
don't do the work I pay you for.
(new protests on the
other end of the line)
Oh, stop it, Sidney. You're from
the country, not me.

RESUME SIDNEY

Sally is watching him, unhappy on his behalf.

SIDNEY
(to phone)
Now, wait a minute, Joe. When I
saw J.J. last night he said...

But Robard has cut off. Sidney hangs up. Silence. Sally
tries to be comforting.

SALLY
I wish I could help in some way,
Sidney.

SIDNEY
(aggressively)
Help me with two minutes of silence!

Sally, hurt, says nothing. Presently, he adds:

SIDNEY
Go home, Sally. It's late...

SALLY
I hate to see you like this --

Sidney, with another mercurial change of manner, begins some
sarcastic clowning.

SIDNEY
(horsing around)
Yes, but as a new subscriber you're
under no obligation to take more
than three books. And if you mail
the enclosed card within ten days --

SALLY
(pleadingly)
Sidney, I know you by now. Don't
do a dance with me...

SIDNEY
(still clowning)
You mean you don't want the extra
free gift of a colorful giant map
of the world???

SALLY
(distressed)
Sidney, please, dear, if you feel
nervous...

Sidney is abruptly savage.

SIDNEY
(with cruelty)
So what'll you do if I feel nervous?
You'll open your meaty, sympathetic
arms...?

SALLY
(breaking down)
Sid...you got me so...I don't know
what...

She is crying. Sidney feels uncomfortable. Not too
generously, he relents:

SIDNEY
You ought to be used to me by now.

SALLY
(pathetically)
I'm used to you...

SIDNEY
(with a touch of bitterness)
No. You think I'm a hero. I'm no
hero. I'm nice to people where it
pays me to be. I gotta do it too
much on the outside, so don't
expect me to kow-tow in my own
office. I'm in a bind right now
with Hunsecker so --
(grimly)
Every dog has his day!
(going)
Lock up and leave the key.

The phone rings. Sidney is dressed by now. As Sally goes
for it, he makes for the outer door.

SIDNEY
If that's for me, tear it up!

SALLY
Take a top coat.

SIDNEY
And leave a tip in every hat-check
room in town?

He is already gone as she picks up the phone.

SALLY
Sidney Falco office... Oh, Miss
Kay, he tried to reach you. No,
he's at the barbers now. No,
that's held over till the Tuesday
column...

abruptly- szorstko, gwałtownie
adding machine- liczydło
balance- saldo, stan konta
bitterness- gorycz
break down- załamywać się, wybuchać płaczem
comforting- pocieszycielski, pocieszający, uspokajający
dash- pęd, bieg
deposit- pozostawiać
distressed- strapiony
edition- wydanie
effusively- wylewnie
enclosed- dołączony, załączony
gloomily- ponuro
grimly- ponuro
hang up- odwieszać słuchawkę
hold over- wstrzymywać
horse around- błaznować
indicate- wskazywać, pokazywać
item- wzmianka w gazecie, artykuł
kow-tow- płaszczyć się (przed kimś)
locate- umiejscawiać, znajdowac
make for- zmierzać w kierunku
meaty- mięsisty, muskularny
mercurial- żywy, zmienny
morose- posępny, smutny
on somebody’s behalf- z czyjegoś powodu
pathetically- żałośnie
plant- siać, rozsiewać, podkładać
pleadingly- prosząco, błagalnie
relent- ustępować, mięknąć
renting agent- agent do spraw najmu, dzierżawca, najemca
run out of sth- nie starczać, brakować; I’ve run out of coffee- zabrakło mi kawy
savage- brutalny, wściekły, dziki
sense of humor- poczucie humoru
stride- kroczyć
stroll- przechadzać się
sympathetic- współczujący
tear sth up- drzeć, rozrywać, niszczyć
vigorously- energicznie, zamaszyście
withhold- wstrzymywać, odmawiać



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