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This Is An Adapted Screen Play From "Waiting For The Barbarians" By Cotzee

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Waiting for the Barbarians:SCREENPLAYIN. GRANANRY -DAYTRACKING SHOT- FRONTAL VIEWMagistrate and Joll are walking quickly down the hall. There are loud noises in the background of doors shutting and people walking)MAGISTRATE What if your prisoner is telling the truth, yet finds he is not believed? Is that not a terrible position? Imagine: to be prepared to yield, to yield, to have nothing more to yield, (speech becomes faster and passionate) to be broken, yet to be pressed to yield more! And what a responsibility for the interrogator! How do you ever know when a man has told you the truth? (gasp)Joll walks faster and Magistrate falls behind.COLONOL JOLL There is a certain tone (verbal pause). A certain tone enters the voice of a man who is telling the truth. Training and experience train us to recognize that tone. (said with declaration and assurance)CLOSE UP- MAGISTRATE show aggravationMAGISTRATE The tone of truth!TRACKING SHOT - FRONTAL VIEWMAGISTRATE Can you pick up this tone in every day speech? Can you hear whether I am telling the truth? (said as he catches up with Joll)Both men stop and face each other.COLONEL JOLL No, you misunderstand me. I am speaking only of a special situation now, I am speaking of a situation in which I am probing for the truth, in which I have to exert pressure to find it. First I get lies, you see - this is what happens-first lies, then pressure, then more lies, then more pressure, then the break, then more pressure, then the truth. This is how you get the truth.Magistrate continues on by himself into the prison section of the Granary.IN. PRISON - MID DAYSILENCE - echoes of slight whispersLONG SHOTMagistrate pulls out the prisoner report, and pauses to read it.CLOSE UP SHOT- MAGISTRATEVOICE OVER During the course of the interrogation contradictions became apparent in the prisoner's testimony. Confronted with these contradictions, the prisoner became enraged and attacked the investigating officer. A scuffle ensued during which the prisoner fell heavily against the wall. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.Magistrate looks up from the reportVISIALIZATION SHOT - MAGISTRATE'S MENTAL PICTURE OF THE PRISONER IN THE INTERROGATIONTRACKING SHOTMagistrate approaches the prison guardMAGISTRATE This report seems lacking specific details. For the sake of completeness, would you make a statement? (slight whisper)GUARD The prisoner became uncontrollable and attacked the visiting officer. I was called in to help subdue him. By the time I came in the struggle had ended. The prisoner was unconscious and bleeding from the nose.Magistrate takes down the words of the prison guard in his report, then points to a line on the report for the Guard to sign; Guard sharply grabs the pen.MAGISTRATE Did the officer tell you what to say to me?GUARD Yes, sir.MAGISTRATE Were the prisoner's hands tied?GUARD Yes, sir (trembling). I mean, no, sir.Magistrate dismisses the guardEX. GRANARY - LATE AFTERNOONCRICKETS chirpingTRACKING SHOTMagistrate...

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