Opening of THE PASSENGER

Screenplay by Mark Peploe, Peter Wollen, & Michelangelo Antonioni

THE PLAYWRITING SEMINARS > SCREENRITING > PLAYS vs. FILM > STORYTELLING > VISUAL/VERBAL > PASSENGER

The Passenger 'One of the themes of the film is to examine the myth of objectivity. . . . I never think in terms of this kind of conflict: between the individual and the mass. I'm not a sociologist. I never make a political thesis. I would prefer it if something like this comes out of it. If I put a character against a landscape, there is naturally a relationship.'

-- Michelangelo Antonioni

 

 



The Screenwriting section has been revised and expanded in the new paperback and Kindle edition, Playwriting Seminars 2.0.

Based on the script -- not the completed film -- here's how the opening of the story is told in the first two pages . . .

  1. Image: The desert
  2. Image: Village houses
  3. Image: People going by
  4. Image: Soldiers in the street
  5. Image: A Street in the Village
  6. Image: Men talking in front of a house
  7. Image: An old car
  8. Image: LOCKE inside the car
  9. Image: Tape recorder and camera case on seat
  10. Image: LOCKE watching the men
  11. Image: The men uneasy with him there
  12. Image: One of them leaves
  13. Image: LOCKE getting out of the car
  14. Image: LOCKE following the man
  15. Image: Catching up to him at the corner
  16. First Lines of Dialogue.

This is visual storytelling with a vengeance, using only the bare minimum of dialogue to fill in the cracks. And it's what many in the Industry would call an "Arty" film, as opposed to the bulk of Hollywood's output.
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