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EXT. FIR TREE GLADE, KALYPSO'S ISLAND - DAY
Odysseus, covered with sweat, FELLING yet another FIR, which CRASHES down, joining its neighbors on the ground...
ON THE CRASH CUT TO:
FOUR RIDERS ON SADDLESS HORSES
racing down a stretch of sandy beach in glorious sunshine.
One of the riders is Telemachus.
SEVERAL ANGLES OF THE RACE
WIDEN TO REVEAL
EXT. BEACH, PYLOS - DAY
where aged King Nestor and his beautiful grand-daughter, PEISISTRATA, watch the race from beneath a colorful MARQUEE. Before them is a table set with LUNCHEON and DRINK. SERVANTS hover behind them.
NESTOR
He rides well - the son of Odysseus...
Peisistrata's eyes are shining as Telemachus wins the race, the THREE other riders bringing up the rear.
Telemachus rides his lathered mount over to the tent, where he
slides off, handing the reins to a RETAINER.
TELEMACHUS
(breathless)
My thanks.
The man leads off the horse...
NESTOR
(smiles)
You have beaten my grandsons again.
TELEMACHUS
It is not hard to win on so magnificent a steed, majesty.
The three other YOUNG MEN come in, all breathless and hot. SERVANTS offer towels as they sit down to their meal.
lst YOUNG MAN
Well, Telemachus, it seems true what they say about the men of Ithaka.
TELEMACHUS
What do they say of us?
lst YOUNG MAN
That the men of Ithaka are to be reckoned with.
Telemachus smiles, pleased.
NESTOR
Your father was certainly to be
reckoned with.
A sobering reminder.
PEISISTRATA
Do you look like your father?
TELEMACHUS
(embarrassed)
Alas, I cannot say. All I have of him is this horsehair necklace, made from the plume of his helmet, before he sailed for Troy. (to Nestor) You have no news, then, of my father?
NESTOR
I wish it were otherwise. All the chiefs sailed from Troy with their own ships and men. Many had adventures, but all who survived the war returned safely to their homes.
TELEMACHUS
Except my father.
NESTOR
Have you spoken with Menelaus? He may have news where I have none.
TELEMACHUS
I plan to visit him next.
NESTOR
I shall lend you my chariot for the journey.
TELEMACHUS
You are more than kind.
NESTOR
It is nothing for the son of my old friend. All I have is yours. You may stay in Pylos as long as you wish, an honored guest...
2nd MAN
(laughs)
Stay. Eat. The day is perfect. Apollo sits in his sun chariot and all's right with the world.
TELEMACHUS
(rises)
Excuse me.
And he goes out of the tent onto the beach where he stares at the horizon.
One of the MEN makes to get up and join him, but Nestor holds his arm.
NESTOR
Not now.
LATER
Afternoon. Telemachus is still on the beach. Behind him the tent is being dismantled by the Servants. He is joined by Peisistrata.
PEISISTRATA
Walk with me.
They walk.
PEISISTRATA (cont'd)
Do you know that you stare at me?
TELEMACHUS
I?
PEISISTRATA
At lunch. Last night at supper.
TELEMACHUS
Forgive me. You are so lovely.
PEISISTRATA
Are there no lovely girls in Ithaka? (no answer) Do you see that I stare at YOU?
She stops, looks up. Kisses him. He returns the kiss.
Long. Ardent.
LATER
EXT. PYLOS BEACH - NIGHT
The MOON is up. Telemachus and Peisistrata sit, their backs to us. She leans against him.
PEISISTRATA
Stay. (off his look) Here. With us. What would happen if you stayed? Your mother would remarry...
TELEMACHUS
Possibly...one day...
PEISISTRATA
Life would go on. YOU could go on. My grandfather loves you for your father's sake as well as for your own. My brothers love you; I love you...
TELEMACHUS
You...
PEISISTRATA
we could make a life together - a NEW life...
TELEMACHUS
And my father?
PEISISTRATA
He made his choice. You make yours.
TELEMACHUS
But -
PEISISTRATA
Telemachus, listen to me. He abandoned you. It's been twenty years. How long must you be loyal to his memory?
Telemachus kisses her passionately, rolling over on top of her in the
sand, laughing.
TELEMACHUS
The world is a fine new place.
PEISISTRATA
Where all things are possible...
TELEMACHUS
I never knew what it was to be happy.
PEISISTRATA
Be happy, Telemachus...
They start to make love. Abruptly, he sits up.
TELEMACHUS
I can't.
CU TELEMACHUS
racing overland in Nestor's CHARIOT...
WIDEN TO REVEAL
The CHARIOT heading for a LARGE CITY with an ACROPOLIS... SPARTA... In contrast to the speedy chariot -
EXT. KALYPSO'S ISLAND - DAY
Odysseus, wearing a harness like a beast of burden, drags the last of his timber towards the shore...
LATER
ON THE SHORE
the LOGS are being lashed together; Odysseus works like a man possessed - sitting on the beach unhappily, Kalypso watches him...
INT. MENELAUS' PALACE - NIGHT
a FEAST IN PROGRESS. We find Menelaus, older (!) and heavier than when we last saw him, eating.
His guests, like himself, are grizzled OLDER WARRIORS.
A SERVANT approaches and whispers in his ear. Menelaus arches his eyebrows in surprise. Says something to the Servant. Claps his hands for silence.
MENELAUS
A stranger is at our door and begs admittance.
Reactions of curiosity among the MEN DINERS. Menelaus looks.
TELEMACHUS, travel-stained, but obviously a man of quality, stands on the threshold, between two columns.
Menelaus eyes him narrowly - something familiar.
MENELAUS (cont'd)
Friend, you are welcome to my house.
TELEMACHUS
You do not even know my name.
MENELAUS
There is no need - unless you care to tell it. On my long voyage home from Troy I was frequently cared for by generous hosts who never demanded my identity as the price for their hospitality. Sit. Eat.
He nods to SERVANTS, who escort Telemachus to a couch. He's a bit wide-eyed - this is a more sophisticated world than any he has seen before.
The ritual of FOOT-BATHING proceeds...
TELEMACHUS
You are more than kind. I fear I interrupt a celebration...
MENELAUS
My daughter is to be married to the son of my old friend, Achilles. (smiles) A bachelor supper.
TELEMACHUS
Achilles...
A WARRIOR
Twenty years ago this year we set sail for Troy...
2nd WARRIOR
How like yesterday it seems...
3rd WARRIOR
And yet how much has happened. How many have gone to join the army of the dead.
The feast has turned a bit somber.
MENELAUS
My own brother among them. King Agamemnon survived ten years at Troy and made it safely home, only to be murdered by his own wife.
TELEMACHUS
Was his murder unavenged?
MENELAUS
His son avenged it.
Telemachus licks his lips, the example of Agamemnon's son clearly before him. An awkward pause, then -
TELEMACHUS
Did you know King Odysseus?
MENELAUS
Did I KNOW him?
He is amused - as are his courtiers.
MENELAUS (cont'd)
He was my brother in arms. I loved him well. (thinks) And yet -


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