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The Truth Last edited by WMusser, 5 months ago. 0 comments. More scene info.

At the Battle of Arras. Christian is looking for Cyrano, who is inside his tent. Christian appears to be in a state of shock. Roxane is in the background, speaking to Carbon and a group of Cadets.

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Wide establishing shot

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Christian

(calling to Cyrano) Cyrano!

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Cyrano

(coming out of his tent, armed for battle) Yes? Oh! How pale you are!

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medium shot

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Christian

She doesn't love me anymore!

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Cyrano

What!

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Christian

Its you she loves!

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Cyrano

No!

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Christian

She only loves my soul now!

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Cyrano

(adamantly) No!

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Christian

(pleading) Yes! That means its you she loves--and you love her too!

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CYrano

I?

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Christian

I know its true.

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Cyrano

Yes its true.

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Christian

(knowingly) You love her with all your heart.

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Cyrano

More than that.

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Christian

Then tell her so!

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Cyrano

No!

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Christian

Why not?

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Cyrano

(suddenly angry) Look at my face!

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Christian

She would still love me if I were ugly.

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Cyrano

(unbelieving) She told you so?

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Christian

Yes!

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Cyrano

I'm very glad she said that, but don't believe such nonsense. Yes, I'm very glad she had that thought.... But don't take her at her word! Don't become ugly--she would never forgive me!

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Christian

We'll see!

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Cyrano

No, no, no!

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Christian

Let her choose! I want to to tell her everything!

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Cyrano

No! I couldn't bear that torture!

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Christian

(incredulous) Do you expect me to kill your happiness because I'm handsome? That would be too unjust!

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Cyrano

(countering Christian's question) And do you expect me to kill yours because I have been born with a gift for expressing... what you may feel?

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Christian

I'm tired of being my own rival!

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Cyrano

(exasperated) Christian!

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Christian

(pleading with Cyrano once again) Our wedding took place in secret, without witnesses. The marriage can be broken--if we survive!

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Cyrano

(faltering) You still persist!...

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Christian

I want to be loved for who I am or not at all. We shall see what she decides.

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CyranO

If you insist, I shall walk to the end of the camp, then come back. Talk to her while I'm gone, and tell her she must choose one of us. It will be you!

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Christian

(walking towards Roxane) I hope so! (calls) Roxane!

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Cyrano

Good luck!

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Tracking shot on roxane

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Roxane

(hurrying toward Christian) Yes?

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Christian

I have something important to tell you...

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Roxane

Go on...

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Christian

(hesitantly) Earlier you told me...that you would love me even if I were ugly: was that true?

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Medium Shot

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Roxane

Yes my love! Nothing could destroy what we have.

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Christian

(incredulously) Even if I were hideous? Disfigured?

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Roxane

Yes! I once loved you for the way you looked. You drew me in with your beauty, but it has been your words that have made me yours.

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Christian

(deflated) I thought I was wrong. But alas! You were telling the truth!

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Roxane

Tell me why that upsets you! Surely this is not what you needed to tell me.

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Christian

(suddenly soft-spoken) No. I needed you for another reason.

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Roxane

(desperately) Then tell me, my love! I must know!

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Christian

It's about us.... and my love letters.... and everything I have ever said to you.

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Roxane

Go on.

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Christian

It's time I tell you the truth. Your cousin and I have done a truly terrible deed.

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Roxane

Christian! What are you saying?

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Christian (CONT'D)

Cyrano has been...

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Wide shot

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Le bret runs onto the scene, out of breath and looking for Christian and Roxane.

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Le Bret

(calling out) Christian! Roxane! Where have you gone!

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Christian

(calling back) Here we are!

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Le Bret Runs Over to Christian and Roxane.

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Le Bret

(whsipers to Christian) line inaudible

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Close-Up on Christian's face

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Christian

(pales) (whispers to himself) Oh God!

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Roxane

What is it?

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Christian

No! It can't be!

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Zoom out to include Roxane, Le bret, and Christian

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Le Bret

I'm sorry.

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Christian

No! No no no!

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Roxane

(louder and more desperately) What is it?

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Christian

How could this happen? And at such a time as this?

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Roxane

(angering quickly) Need I ask again?

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Le bret

Roxane... I'm so sorry.... Your cousin...

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Roxane

(questioning angrily) Cyrano?

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Le bret

I apologize, but I must go.

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Le bret walks off

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Christian

Yes.... He has been shot.... He is being brought here now by--

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Close-up on Roxane

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Roxane

(disbelief) What!

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Christian

He was shot on the far end of the camp. He had walked down in order to let me tell you what I needed to say.... Oh! I must still tell you

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Roxane

It doesn't matter any more! My cousin is dying!

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Christian

No! It matters all the more because of it!

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Roxane

Then what is it?

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Christian

Please do not hate me for this, but Cyrano and I have been lying to you?

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Roxane

Oh no! This is something about Cyrano? I cannot bear to hear it.

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Christian

But you must! Before he is gone forever!

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Roxane

Fine. Tell me quickly.

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close-up on roxane

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Christian

Cyrano and I have lied to you about what you thought was love. I truly am a fool when it comes to the matter of poetic eloquence, and so Cyrano has helped me to know what to say to you. Every word that was so beautifully produced was brought into existence by Cyrano's great mind, not mine. Every letter you have received from me has truly been from Cyrano, and every tear on them has been his. Even that night when I spoke to you from the balcony, it was Cyrano. I have not a poetic mind, nor one of great strength. I am a simple man who was blessed with being handsome. Cyrano, on the other hand, received the opposite. His mind flies above all others, creating poems out of thin air. He loves you, and as you have most likely by now realized, it is him who you truly love. I apologize for lying to you, but we both believed it would be the best way for us to express our love for you. However, now is such a poor time for you to be handed this information, as the man you love is on his deathbed. Go, and spend your last moments with him here by his side.

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Roxane

Christian... I don't know what to say...

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Wide shot

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Cyrano is carried in on a stretcher.

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Christian

There is nothing to say. Be angry if you wish, but please, go to Cyrano. (points to Cyrano's body)

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Roxane

(runs to Cyrano's side) Cyrano! I know now. Christian has told me everything.

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Cyrano

And yet you do not seem to be upset...

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Roxane

I have not the time. The man I love is dying, for it is you that I choose. Truly, you must be the man that I have always loved, and I am shocked at my inability to have seen that.

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close-up on cyrano

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Cyrano

You...you choose me?

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Roxane

Yes! Of course!

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Cyrano

Then I can die knowing that I have succeeded in something I never thought possible. Goodbye Roxane. It is time for me to let go.

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Close-up on Roxane

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Roxane

No! You can't leave me now.

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Cyrano

I am sorry, but I have no choice. I love you Roxane.

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Roxane

(sinking to the ground to lay on Cyrano) No! It can't be! No! (growing progressively quieter) No! No, no no...

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Cyrano stops breathing, people resume what they were doing

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Christian

I'm sorry Roxane. He's gone.

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Roxane

I know. But now you must lead these men into battle, in honor of your friend.

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Christian

Must I?

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Roxane

It is the only way to remember this amazing man properly.

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Christian

(shouting to Cadets) Then rally around me, Cadets.! Together, we shall take down the enemy!

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Cadets roar in reply, then run off to battle.

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