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FADE IN: Context: the city.
Meeting the AntiHero: Sidney Falco buys the paper.
Meeting the Antagonist: JJ Hunsecker's column.
Developing the AntiHero: Sidney walks into his office; Sidney avoiding people on the phone; JJ hasn't mentioned Sidney's client; Sidney short of money.
Developing Characters and Relationships: Sidney with his secretary [Loyal Ally].
AntiHero's Motivation: Sidney wants to reach the top.
First Threshold: in the bar.
Meeting AntiGoddess: Rita.
Meeting Hero's Mentor : Frank.
Meeting Hero: Steve.
Referencing the Antagonist: Hunsecker.
Meeting Goddess: Susie.
Call to Adventure : Susie will try to make Steve a good wife.
Refusal / Warning of the Antagonist: "..I'm telling him in the morning at breakfast…"; he makes me nervous.
Hero and AntiHero confrontation: Steve confronts Sidney.
Developing Characters and Relationships: Susie and Steve.
Developing Characters and Relationships: Sidney with Rita.
Foreshadow of the Trials: meet me there at 2.30?
Journey to the First Threshold : the taxi ride.
Developing Characters and Relationships: Sidney and Susie.
Physical Separation: tell JJ that Steve is the first real man I've been in love with.
Obstacle: Sidney's client in front of JJ's club.
Threshold Guardian: Sidney phones JJ; can I come in for a minute?
Outer Cave / Trial: Sidney walks up to JJ at the table.
Developing the Antagonist: JJ manipulates the Senator.
Developing Characters and Relationships: match me. Not quite yet JJ.
Middle Cave: Meeting the Antagonist's Lieutenant: Lt. Harry Kello.
Developing Characters and Relationships: JJ and Harry.
Developing the Ordinary World: I love this town.
Inner Cave: Antagonist's Motivation: Susie is all I have.
Physical Separation : what you promised, do it. It's later than you think.
World of the Transformation: the 2 nd bar.
Transformation / Trials:
Trial 1: Sidney tries to blackmail Leo.
Trial 2: Persuading Otis to print an item.
Trial 3: Persuading Rita to bed Otis.
Developing Characters and Relationships: Sidney phones JJ.
Antagonist's Motivation: JJ looks at Susie.
Meeting the Oracle: Mary.
Foreshadow of the Near Death Experience: Steve mentioned in JJ's column.
AntiHero's Character: Mary refs Sidney's character.
Sword: Herbie in JJ's column.
Journey to the Sword: is Herbie on stage yet?
Guardians of the Sword: watch out for this guy, he's a press agent.
Seizing the Sword : Sidney gets Herbie to be a client.
Near Death Experience : Steve gets a smear in JJ's column; Steve is fired; Steve comes into Sidney's office; Frank prevents a fight.
Disappointment with AntiHero's path: Sally disappointed.
Foreshadow of the Atonement: Sidney calls JJ.
Goddess' Inner Challenge: Susie can't stand up to JJ.
Foreshadow of the Atonement: JJ discusses with Sidney at the back of the TV studio.
Pushed back from the Atonement: Frank and Steve convince Steve to take it easy.
Atonement with the Father : Steve confronts JJ.
Apotheosis : Susie can't stand up to JJ.
Ultimate Boon : I'll never see him again.
Refusal : JJ wants Steve taken apart; Sidney won't do it.
Magic Flight : Susie says goodbye.
Developing the AntiHero: Sidney doesn't tell JJ that they've called it off.
Developing Characters and Relationships: Sidney and Harry; Sidney tells Harry when Steve is coming out.
Rescue from Without : Sidney gets a call.
Crossing the Return Threshold : Sidney goes back to JJ's apartment.
Master of Two Worlds : Sidney saves Susie from suicide; JJ beats up Sidney.Freedom to Live : Susie gathers the courage to leave JJ.
by Kal Bashir