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The Rise of Mr. Ponzi

The Rise of Mr. Ponzi

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Published by Greg Santos
Madoff. Enron. Lehman Brothers.
They learned from the best.
Meet the captivating man behind the most famous financial swindle of all time.

A streetwise entrepreneur offers an irresistible investment opportunity, setting off a greed induced mania and locking horns with Boston's banking elite.
Madoff. Enron. Lehman Brothers.
They learned from the best.
Meet the captivating man behind the most famous financial swindle of all time.

A streetwise entrepreneur offers an irresistible investment opportunity, setting off a greed induced mania and locking horns with Boston's banking elite.

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Published by: Greg Santos on Oct 02, 2010
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The Rise of Mr. PonzibyGreg SantosWGA Registration #1292035
 
FADE IN:INT. LOCOMOBILE LIMO - DAYA gold Liberty Dollar winking in a ray of sunlight.It flips between a set of deft fingers.Tumbling across the back of a man’s hand.CHARLES PONZI (30) reclining alone in the luxurious cabin ofhis custom limousine. Draped in a finely tailored linen suit.He smiles wide like the cat that ate the canary. With gravy.Lying on his lap is a crisp newspaper.He eyes its headline with pride.INSERT - BOSTON POST FRONT PAGE, reading:“PONZI DOUBLES THE MONEYWizard of Finance Delivers the Goods”BACK IN THE LIMOPonzi lays down the paper. Twists a cigarette into a slendertortoise shell holder.Gazes out the window at something in the distance.LIMO DRIVER (O.S.)(in Italian)Signori Ponzi, will we be stoppingat the Tremont Trust this morning?PONZINot today. Direct to the office.LIMO DRIVERLooks like all of Boston has comeout to see you.Ponzi gets his first glimpse of the throng who have assembledto greet him.He touches a gold lighter to the tip of his cigarette.From out of nowhere, a hand clutching a wad of bills smacksagainst the window.
 
EXT. SCHOOL STREET, BOSTON - SAMEFrom high above, the crowd is a sea of straw hats. Theyoverflow the red-brick chasm of School Street, continuing outof sight.SUPER: “Boston, 1920”The excited shouts of the masses float up and away likebreath on a crisp Boston morning.But it’s summer in the city. And it’s sweltering.IN THE LIMOPonzi is cool as a cucumber. Adjusting his silk necktie.An enormous diamond stickpin catches the morning light.INT. BOSTON POST WAR ROOM - SAMEA group of reporters assembles at the window to observe thespectacle below.They track the limo as it inches through the mob. Pulling upto a narrow doorway at number Twenty Seven School Street.The paper’s seasoned City Editor shakes his head andscratches at his scraggly beard.CITY EDITORPigs being led to the slaughter.EXT. SCHOOL STREET, BOSTON - SAMEThe limo driver hurries around to open the door for his boss.Admirers press in tight to get a glimpse or lay a hand on the man inside.Madness has infected the crowd. The city.MAN IN CROWDThere he is! There’s Ponzi!Ponzi steps from the limo with a wave of his gilded cane.The diverse crowd breaking into cheers and applause.2.

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