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Jan. 1st, 1970 | 03:35 pm

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On the night before his planned suicide, Max gets a visitor: Clio.

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He is nervous and suspicious at first.

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Even knowing that Farson sent her, he plays along, and allows her to seduce him.

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She is his first.

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Farson observes everything; he knows exactly what he is doing.

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After they have made love, Max is transformed; protective, and, by his own admission, happy.

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Clio warns him not to get soft, and not to let ‘them’ get him.

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As Max falls asleep, Clio weeps, knowing that she is one of ‘them’, having taken part in this betrayal.

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Farson wakes Max with breakfast in bed.

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He finds Max in ebullient mood, suicide apparently the last thing on his mind.

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Farson tells him that he knows Max has no prospects; nothing to live for.

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Then Farson reveals to Max that he paid Clio for seducing him.

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She was to soften him up, and has performed the same function with other awkward clients.

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Max is devastated.

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He believes Clio has revealed everything about him to Farson, which perhaps she has.

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In a sense, Farson stands in for Don Levy; he thoroughly investigates Max, as Levy intensively tested Michael for the role; a voyeuristic pimp, he organises and observes the ‘act of love’ which Levy films; he orchestrates the action, and puts Max in a position where he must get up on that high roof, even though he is afraid; he bullies Clio into doing what he wants, as Levy, by his own admission, bullied Gabriella Licudi to get a reaction for the end of the film.

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With the love he thought he might at last have found brutally ripped away from him, along with his innocence,
Max goes up to the roof.

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When Max tries to get his attention, the dead-eyed cameraman, preparing to film Max’s death, tells him to ‘piss off!’

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Max then stands on the edge of the very tall building.

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The cameraman thinks Max is about to give his final address.

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He runs runs to drag Max away from the edge, not to save his life, but because he isn’t ready to start filming just yet.

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In the ensuing struggle, is it the cameraman who falls to his death.

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Max runs down the many stairs.

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He sees the man lying dead on the paving, then runs from the scene.

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Clio, meanwhile, also has to deal with the emotional consequences of her betrayal.

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