A young Italian girl survives the horrors of war to marry, love, live, and become a modern woman.

ALLEY

SILVANA RIGACCI (18), raven hair, green eyes, a tall, willowy beauty is locked in a kiss with PASQUALE (30), very tall and handsome – a regular Gary Cooper.

Bibi’s jaw drops.

Silvana breaks from his embrace and pushes him away.

SILVANA
(How long have you been spying on us?)

Bibi smirks, turns and slowly walks away.

Silvana chases after her.

SQUARE

SILVANA
(Bibi, you are not telling “Argus!”)

BIBI
(Why shouldn’t I? It’s not like you were doing anything wrong, were you?)

SILVANA
(Bibi!)

BIBI
(I suppose I could be silent. If…)

SILVANA
(What do you want?)

Bibi holds up her doll.

BIBI
(Shirley’s dress is so raggedy. Wish I knew someone who could make her something nice.)

MARIA RIGACCI (45), medium height and solid build, for a woman, steps out of the fruit store.

BIBI
(Oh look, here comes “Argus.”)

SILVANA
(Consider it done.)

Silvana walks to Maria, a big smile painted on her face.

SILVANA
(Mama! All done with your card game?)

MARIA
(Yes. Bibi, go in and help your mother.)

BIBI
(Yes, Aunty.)

Bibi races for the fruit store.

MARIA
(Silvana, come along. Papa should be done at the shop.)

SILVANA
(Yes, Mama.)

They walk along.

EXT. VIA DE’SERVI – DAY

A narrow, winding cobblestone street. Stone buildings, packed close together, line both sides of the road.

Old vehicles and horse-drawn carts jockey for room on the road. The DRIVERS hurl all manner of insults at each other.

Maria and Silvana walk along. All the MEN turn to stare at Silvana as she goes by, some WHISTLE. Maria practically growls at them and walks faster.

They reach a small shop. A large sign over the door reads: “RIGACCI ART SUPPLIES”. They go in. A few buildings away is the Fascist Headquarters.

INT. RIGACCI ART SUPPLIES – DAY

A small, simple store. Shelves line the walls, most are empty, but a few have art supplies. A door to the back has a small counter in front of it and the door to the outside is across from the counter.

TWO MEN (mid 30’s) and ANGELA (20’s) make themselves comfortable around the room. She is very tall and strong looking with a beautiful face. UNCLE LEONE (45), tall and rather skinny sits behind the counter. MAN #1 picks out paints and brushes and MAN #2 sketches a picture of Angela.

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