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FC: Beside the Manor Selby
1: 1914: The Great War breaks out. Captain Vaushnic is wounded and disfigured during the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand.
3: The Manor Selby, a 19th century noble estate in New England. Hezekiah Piker, a family friend, has taken up residence on behalf of the owner George Edgar Selby who is in Europe on business. Hezekiah is waiting for his friend John Patmos to arrive with news of the war raging in Europe. Mr. Wedgewicke, the manor administrator, greets Patmos.
4: A party is in full swing at the Manor, much to the chagrin of Piker due to his abhorrence of the frivolity. | "Gism is not a form of commerce." | "Intimacy loathes exposition, does it not?"
5: Patmos tries to convince Piker to return with him to Europe to assist in the peace treaty efforts at Verdun. Piker's cynicism and remorse prevents him from granting his friend's wish. However, when Patmos tells Piker of Captain Vaushnic's imminent arrival, he reconsiders. | "Now too as ever holds the rule, a hundred thousand follies vaunting, the world remains one big fool"
6: Piker retreats to the garden that he and his wife nurtured before her suicide. There he is once more accosted by The Gardener with his seemingly inane pronouncements.
7: "Look, look at the two moons! What rays they bring! One of them is for you and the other one is for me."
8: Piker goes to the tower to reflect. It is where he waited for his wife to return, but instead she chose to dash herself upon the rocks.
9: Meanwhile Vaushnic arrives at The Manor Selby. | "Remember sir, a man defrocked is a man nonetheless."
10: Piker's mistress, Alissa Tydes boldly asks Vaushnic to remove his mask.
11: Vaushnic flashes back to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and the explosion that left him hideously scarred.
12: An angry Vaushnic is impatient for Piker's return from the tower. Patmos is more compassionate towards Piker knowing that he is still in pain over his wife's suicide and is confident that Piker will return in time to see Vaushnic. "The play upon my mind, casts a deepening shadow across the valley of verisimilitude."
13: Several days later, a disheveled Piker returns to the Manor Selby to face an angry Patmos. Vaushnic had to return to his ancestral home in Sarajevo. | "I fear for his life!" | Alissa asks what she can do to ease Piker's burden; wearing his dead wife's dress has had no impact.
14: A grieving Piker is not consoled by the efforts of his mistress. A vision of his wife throwing herself to the rocks consumes him, and he again leaves for the garden.
15: "It's like a dream; it's a dream world! We need a place like this for everyone to enjoy. What beauty there is; I love it myself! It's a paradise! It's a paradise!" "On what account do the Tydes offend"
17: Piker feels Alissa is superficial and does not understand the depth of his pain. The Gardener makes him aware that she has done everything he has asked her to do and only wants the best for him. Piker laments that the garden is all that is left of his dead wife; that and a few heirlooms. "Gather the heirlooms carefully for they may prick thee."
18: Vaushnic has made his way from Sarajevo to Paris, France en route to Verdun.
19: "Je crois que mon sauveur es vivant. Le masque enlevé. Le visage a indiqué. Le masque enlevé. L'abscés des cicatrices."
20: In Paris, George Selby reports to Wedgewicke that "Due to the war, our fiduciary grasp in Europe is tenuous at best."
21: Vaushnic has made his way to Verdun from Paris to attend the clandestine peace accords. He makes his way through the ruins caused by German artillery fire. | Piker laments that his apathy and cowardice means Vaushnic will have to face the dangers in Verdun without his council.
22: Vaushnic arrives to meet with his liaison, a French officer who has arrived with others. Suddenly there are air and ground attacks by German forces
24: The aftermath of the devastation.
26: Piker has had his burdens lifted as he realizes the true meaning of The Gardener's words. | Patmos confirms this: "One step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again."
27: Just then Alissa enters with a telegram announcing that Vaushnic is missing in Verdun.
28: This news has pushed Piker over the edge and he must return to the tower. He takes Patmos's car so that he will be unable to follow. | Consumed with grief he remembers the loss of his wife, the loss of his friend Vaushnic and The Gardener's abstruse divinationss, now understood.
29: The rocks below beckon him to jump and end his torment. | Patmos is too late.
30: In Grief Unbound "Here lie I, whom alive all living men did hate. Pass by and curse thy fill. But pass and stay not here thy gait."
31: "This is all that is left of the both of them. The Selbys return and I shall leave." "And I as well." | "Don't go away like that! Come back you hear me? I want you back! Love! Love Love!"
32: Credits Writer and Director Ellsworth Hall Producer Edward Hopf Associate Producer Cheryl Hall Camera Edward Hopf Ellsworth Hall Karl Hopf Joseph M. Dwyer Make-up Karl Hopf Edward Hopf Music Ellsworth Hall
33: Conrad Brooks | E. Warren Hopf | Hal L. Rothwells | Joseph M. Dwyer | George Stover | Rhea Hodconnde
34: Karl Hopf | Erik Marks | Maureen Dwyer | Robert Brun | Mandy McMahan | Theo H. Doccrest
35: Shooting Locations Canada Chateau Ramezay Museum, Montreal Congregation of Saint Anne, Lachine Historic Old Town, Montreal Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal Bon-Secours Chapel, Montreal Parish of St. Stephen, Lachine St. Andrew's United Church, Lachine St. Joseph Oratory, Montreal Georgia Private Home, Sharpsburg Maine Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert Island Camden Hills State Park, Camden Mount Katahdin, Baxter State Park Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec Victorian House, Portland Maryland Carroll Co Farm Museum, Westminster Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore | Maryland Gramercy Mansion, Stevenson Historic Area, Brooklandville Private Home, Timonium Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore St. Mary’s College (ruins), Ilchester St. Stanislaus Church (ruins), Daniels Sparks Elementary School (ruins), Sparks New York Boldt Castle, Heart Island Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC Ski Jump Complex, Lake Placid North Carolina Biltmore Mansion, Ashville Pennsylvania Chickie Rocks Park, Lancaster P.T. Watt’s Mansion, Lancaster GWA National Site, Newville Virginia Historic Williamsburg, Williamsburg