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TELEMACHUS
What.
MENELAUS
He was never really one of us.
TELEMACHUS
How do you mean?
MENELAUS
Odysseus was - what shall I say? a dreamer. He made a vow to help me in my quest and he kept his vow and fought hard. And when fighting did not avail, he used his cunning to help us take the city - but always he dreamt of something else.
TELEMACHUS
Of what?
MENELAUS
(simply)
Home. He dreamt of home.
Telemachus cannot suppress a sob. Menelaus is startled.
MENELAUS (cont'd)
You weep, young man. Why?
VOICE
Because he is the son of Odysseus.
Telemachus reacts, looks up, as does Menelaus to where
A WOMAN STANDS BETWEEN THE COLUMNS. Her shape is beautiful, but she keeps her face concealed in SHADOW - we will never see that face - HELEN.
MENELAUS
His - can this be prince Telemachus?
HELEN'S VOICE
Can you not see the resemblance?
MENELAUS
I knew there was something... Telemachus...
TELEMACHUS
You do not object to my visit?
MENELAUS
By no means. (dryly) Had it not been for your father, I would never have recovered my most prized possession.
The WOMAN IN THE SHADOWS...
MENELAUS (cont'd)
How can I help his son?
TELEMACHUS
I need to know whether my father is alive or dead.
CU DARK SURF
racing up to where Odysseus' RAFT is complete. There's a mast and
CRUDE SAIL, made from material supplied by Kalypso.
WIDEN TO REVEAL
EXT. KALYPSO'S BEACH - NIGHT
The sea is calm, a full MOON is out. Odysseus is making preparations to leave, strapping on SUPPLIES, etc.
ODYSSEUS
The tide is coming in - we'll float off in a minute... I'll steer by the stars...
KALYPSO
Are you so impatient to leave me that you cannot wait for day?
ODYSSEUS
I must go while Poseidon sleeps and the sea is calm. When he discovers me I shall pay.
KALYPSO
We both shall pay. And you will die.
ODYSSEUS
All men will die; I want to die trying.
KALYPSO
Trying what?
ODYSSEUS
To be a man.
He kisses her long and hard - then breaks away and floats free his raft, casting off the line that held it and pushing out through the mild surf as Kalypso watches, her eyes glistening in the moonlight.
KALYPSO
(soft)
You ARE a man.
SEVERAL SHOTS
as Odysseus and the raft get further out to sea. He's doing all right... the sail billows out, he gets his bearings and stares up at the stars, infinite, distant, mysterious.
ODYSSEUS' VOICE OVER
And so I began what was to be the final leg of my endless journey...
An OMINOUS CLOUD CROSSES THE MOON...
Odysseus frowns, looking at it...
INT. MENELAUS' PRIVATE APARTMENTS, SPARTA - NIGHT
Menelaus has just heard Telemachus' story.
MENELAUS
But this is monstrous. Fifty, you say?
TELEMACHUS
Consuming everything like rats.
Menelaus thinks. Telemachus looks off at
HELEN, who sits with them, though her face is VEILED.
HELEN
(soft)
Mine is no longer the face that launched a thousand ships.
TELEMACHUS
Forgive me. I did not mean to stare.
MENELAUS
(ignoring)
Is it men you want - troops?
TELEMACHUS
No. Thank you, but no. I have no wish to use foreign soldiers on Ithakan soil to gain my rights.
MENELAUS
A good answer. What then?
TELEMACHUS
Have you any news of my father? Could he be alive?
MENELAUS
(thinks; finally)
Yes. He could. On my journey home from Troy we had many adventures - during one of them I met Proteus, the Old Man of the Sea, servant to Poseidon, the Earth-shaker. He told me that Poseidon had marooned your father on
an island.
TELEMACHUS
(not daring to hope)
An island?
MENELAUS
With a sea nymph for company.
TELEMACHUS
My father, alive... (he swallows, forces himself to be calm)... do you really think such a thing is possible?
MENELAUS
(shrugs)
I believed it when I heard it.
TELEMACHUS
(sobered by the thought)
But - even if he lives, how can he hope for escape or rescue from an unknown island..?
HELEN
You must not give up hope. Your father is the most resourceful man who ever lived.
MENELAUS
She's right. In the meantime, may I offer you a word of advice?
TELEMACHUS
I would welcome it.
MENELAUS
Do not return to Ithaka the way you came. (off his look) The men you fight are not fools.
He rises and goes to a COLORFUL COWHIDE MAP depicting the Peleponensus, emphasizing SPARTA, the road to PYLOS and ITHAKA, with its HARBOUR facing the Greek peninsula.
Menelaus takes a DAGGER and outlines his proposition.
MENELAUS (cont'd)
When you set course for home, land on the farther side of the island, where they won't be lying in ambush for you. Then send your ship on its way without you.
Telemachus studies the map, then regards Menelaus.
TELEMACHUS
Wise counsel. I thank you for it.
(pause) And I know my father thanks you - wherever he is.
THUNDER OVER
EXT. SEA - NIGHT
or is it day? Hard to tell because the most furious storm is raging, tossing Odysseus and his raft about like a cork.
LIGHTNING FLASHES and the raft seesaws precariously above and beneath mountainous WAVES as the SAIL is shredded, then the MAST SNAPPED - as one by one Poseidon's power whittles away at Odysseus' flimsy contraption.
Now the ROPES joining the LOGS together SHRED and the raft itself disintegrates beneath Odysseus' feet...
Odysseus looks up, terrified, in time to see a MOUNTAIN OF A WAVE DESCENDING UPON HIM IN HORRIFYING SLOW MOTION...
As we watch Odysseus being consumed by Poseidon, churned about underwater and virtually drowning -
SLOW DISSOLVE TO:
Odysseus lying in the water on a beach, as at the beginning of this story.
It's the same scene with which we opened, only seen now from Odysseus' POV.
ODYSSEUS' VOICE OVER
Once again, Poseidon had won. The rest of my sad tale, I believe you know.
The young girl, NAUSICAA, comes down, spies him in the water and begins her efforts at rescue...
EXT. KING ALCINOUS' BANQUET - DAWN
They have been listening to Odysseus all night.
Alcinous and his courtiers are all equally affected.
Stunned is more like it. They are shocked, to a man.
Even the singer, blind DEMODICUS, has wept.
ODYSSEUS (cont'd)
Of my kindly rescue by your brave and beautiful daughter you are already aware.
He smiles a sad, exhausted smile, eyes the guttering TORCHES, the coming of day...
ODYSSEUS (cont'd)
The night is finished - and so am I.
Long pause. Everyone is thoughtful. Someone mumbles "Unhappy man" and others murmur in agreement. Finally -
ALCINOUS
You say your story is over - but it isn't, not while you live. What will you do now?
ODYSSEUS
Does it make any difference? No matter what I do, I will not see my home. Perhaps by now it is mine no longer.
Nausicaa has tears streaming down her cheeks.
NAUSICAA
Then this will be your home. (off his look) Marry me. (before he can answer) Marry me and I will love you as she did. Better.
She kneels before him, taking his hands in hers and kissing them, crying on them. Odysseus is infinitely touched. He looks over at Alcinous.
ALCINOUS
(smiles)
I could not ask for a better son-in-law.
ODYSSEUS
Oh, but you could - and you (Nausicaa) a better husband. Tiresias was right: I AM a liar and deceiver and a schemer.
NAUSICAA
Your purpose was always honorable.
ODYSSEUS
(tenderly)
Not always. But even if it were,
I am no match for you.
NAUSICAA
I LOVE YOU.
ODYSSEUS
(more tender still)
I think you are the greatest trap


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