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Screenplay

INT. SOUTH LOUNGE


Two chairs framed on either side of the fireplace. MANFRED
sits on one. A knock from off-screen.
MANFRED
Come in.
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Door opens. ISABELLA enters hesitantly.


MANFRED
Sit.

ISABELLA walks to the chair and sits on the edge. Manfred


lounges back.
MANFRED
Dry your tears, young lady. Conrad
is dead. You have lost your
bridegroom, and I have lost the
hopes of my race. Fate is
cruel. But listen to me,
Isabella. Conrad was not worthy of
your beauty.

ISABELLA
My lord! Surely you do not doubt
my duty and affection to your son!
MANFRED
Think no more of him. My foolish
fondness for the boy blinded me to
his frailty, but now I rejoice that
heaven has taken him from this
earth. He was not fit to carry my
name, and he was not fit to be your
husband.
ISABELLA
(confused)
My lord... think of what you say!

MANFRED leans forward, the fire illuminating his features.


MANFRED
My dear... Since I cannot give you
my son... I offer you myself!

ISABELLA
(horrified)
What? You? My father-in-law! You
are married!

(CONTINUED)
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MANFRED
I desire sons, Isabella. Sons to
carry on my name.
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MANFRED’S HAND seizes ISABELLA’S.


She screams and Manfred lunges forward, laughing
insanely. Isabella suddenly looks towards the window.

ISABELLA
My lord! Heaven itself declares
against you!
MANFRED looks towards the window.

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The GIANT HELMET hovers in the window ominously. Manfred,
momentarily distracted, lets go of Isabella’s hand and she
dashes away.

MANFRED
Come back, woman!
ISABELLA flings open the door, and runs out.
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ISABELLA is pressed against the door, her breast heaving


majestically. She is terrified. The door beings to
violently shake, and she suddenly regains awareness. She
takes off down the hall. MANFRED pulls open the door, and
pursues.

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Angled shot of ISABELLA rushing down the hall. She comes to
the staircase and pauses, hesitantly.

MANFRED
(offscreen)
GET BACK HERE!
ISABELLA screams and heads down the stairs, into the dark.