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Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading

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Published by Abhay Vohra

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Published by: Abhay Vohra on Mar 08, 2011
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byJoel Coen & Ethan Coen
FADE INEXT. EASTERN SEABOARD - AERIALS - DAY1 1High in the airso high we an see the curvature of theearth. The eastern seaboard stretches away, flecked withclouds.As we dissolve in closer the picture bleaches of color. Weare looking down at the city of Washington, D.C.Dissolve closer still: a black-and-white aerial photograph ofa neighborhood in suburban D.C. dominated by a sprawlingbuilding. Computer type quickly bleeps on:C.I.A. HeadquartersLangley, VirginiaINT. CIA - HALLWAY - DAY2 2We track at floor level, following the well shined shoes ofsomeone walking down the well polished hallway.INT. PALMER’S OFFICE - DAY3 3We hear a door opening and a silver-haired man rises behindhis desk. A nameplate on the desk identifies him as PalmerDeBakey Smith.PALMEROzzie. Sit down.Osbourne Cox, entering, is a middle-aged man in a stripedshirt and bow tie.OSBOURNEPalmer. What’s up.PALMERYou know Peck, and Olson.The two men, sitting on chairs facing the desk, nod atOsbourne, who is surprised to see them.OSBOURNEPeck, yes, hiya. Olson, byreputation. Hi, Osbourne Cox.OLSONYeah, hiyah.
OSBOURNEAren’t you with...aren’t you,uh...Palmer jumps in:PALMERYeah, that’s right. Oz, look.There’s no easy way to say this.We’re taking you off the Balkans desk.OSBOURNEYou’rewhat? Why?PALMERIn fact we’re moving you out of Sigintentirely.OSBOURNE...What? No discussion, justyou’reout?PALMERWell, we’re having the discussion nowOz. This doesn’t have to beunpleasant.OSBOURNEPalmer, with all due respectwhat thefuck are you talking about?A beat.OSBOURNE (CONT’D)... And why is Olson here?Another uncomfortable beat.PALMER... Look, OzzieOSBOURNEWhat the fuck is this?! Is it myIknow it’s not my work.PALMEROzzieOSBOURNEI’m a great fucking analyst! Is itPALMEROz, things are not going well. As youknow.2.

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