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FADE IN:EXT. TEOTIHUACAN, SUMMIT OF THE PYRAMID OF THE SUN - NIGHTCAPTION: PYRAMID OF THE SUN, MEXICO. 24 MAY 1940. An ancient pyramid. Once a place where a civilisationworshipped its gods and sought to control nature. Now atourist attraction surrounded by jungle. At the top of the pyramid, Charles NEWMAN (English, middle-class, 30s) and a native SHAMAN sit on opposite sides of asmall fire in the lotus position. They are framed by ahuge tropical moon.In his cricket whites and with his Panama hat in his lap, Newman is the epitome of an Englishman abroad.The Shaman looks impossibly old. His eyes are an archipelagoof cataracts; his skin is leather. He throws a handful ofroots and herbs onto the fire.Blue smoke erupts. It engulfs Newman and the Shaman.Newman takes several heavy breaths of the smoke. His eyesglaze over. His head slumps forward.He is in a trance.BEGIN DREAM SEQUENCE We are inside Newman's head, sharing what is either a head-trip or an out-of-the-body-experience. This sequence has aslightly 'unreal' feel. Plenty of SLO-MO and challengingcamera angles. The colours are off-true.EXT. CASA DE TROTSKY - NIGHTLeon Trotsky’s Villa on Vienna Avenue in Coyoacan, a suburbof Mexico City. It is a single-storey, T-shaped buildingsurrounded by a high wall.Close to 4 in the morning. A still, breathless night.INT. CASA DE TROTSKY, TROTSKY’S BEDROOM - NIGHTTROTSKY (60s, goatee-faced, weak-eyed) and his wife NATALYA (plump, maternal, Russian peasant stock) sleep. Clutched in Trotsky's hand is a chess piece - the Red King.