Joseph Samuels Messina

The Gift of One Screenplay was Inspired by true events
by
Joseph Samuels Messina

copyright (2015)

EXT. VIENNA AUSTRIA – SPRINGTIME – DAY

A WOMAN lies in a field on her back with her eyes closed, beautiful flowers all around her. A ray of light is shining down.

A SHADOWED FIGURE appears over her, blocking the sun, and reaches down and grabs her hand and pulls.

She opens her eyes and turns her head. She can only see a shadow and the hand that is reaching down. She nods her head and smiles, and then closes her eyes again. Extremely peaceful.

EXT. GRAVE SITE – DAY

Family members gather around a coffin. JOSEPH stands beside the coffin grieving with tears falling from his eyes and places a red rose and an old century cross on top.

JOSEPH
You will be missed by all, especially me.

I will see you in Heaven.

INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT

Joseph is in a deep sleep. The phone rings and wakes him. Joseph is still in shock and deeply grieving.

JOSEPH
Hello!

PATRICIA
I am sorry about your loss.

JOSEPH
Thank you. You are a wonderful friend.

PATRICIA
I want to share an incredible story with you. One week ago, I dreamed that you would be playing the piano throughout the world and touching many souls.

JOSEPH
Patricia, you know I don't play the piano or any other instrument.

PATRICIA
Joseph, my dream was so real. I have a feeling that you will. By the way, I will be traveling to the United States tomorrow. My first assignment is in New York. I will be gone for about a year or so. Joseph, there is something I want to give you as a gift that I will greatly miss. Years ago, I bought a piano from an estate sale.

JOSEPH
What kind of piano is it?

PATRICIA
The most beautiful piano you will ever hear. An 1898 Steinway that I had recently refurbished. It is like no other, and when I sit down to play, the sound would resonate throughout the room and touch the core of my soul. Would you please keep it for me?

JOSEPH
Yes, that would be great.

PATRICIA
Maybe, it will help you in your grieving somehow.

JOSEPH
Have a wonderful trip and thank you for your friendship and your generosity. Love you!

PATRICIA
Love you too and take care of yourself.

Joseph hangs up phone and falls back asleep.

INT. VIENNA – NINETEENTH CENTURY – MAESTRO'S HOUSE – 1:00 A.M.

A Steinway Grand piano is in the room next to a burning fireplace. MAESTRO sits at a piano composing and writing the score of Raphael. Candelabra burns on top of the piano with a bottle of wine and full glass. We cannot see his face, only an image of him.

He starts playing, then pauses, dips his feathered pen in ink and writes the title Raphael at the top of paper. Maestro begins to play and write again and the candles start flickering as if a door or windows are opened. Maestro stops playing, takes a sip of wine, looks around and feels a presence in the room.

SERVANT knocks on the door.

MAESTRO
(in Italian) Enter.

SERVANT
Maestro, you must get your rest before your performance tomorrow evening.

MAESTRO
There will be no rest for me at this moment, I must finish. When Raphael is finished, I truly believe that all of Europe will know my name. And finally, be recognized as one of the great composers of our time.

Maestro starts playing Raphael.

Servant sits in a chair next to the piano and listens. She is overwhelmed with her emotions. Tears fall from her eyes and we know that this is one of the most beautiful compositions the Maestro has ever written.

SERVANT
Maestro, that is a masterpiece and I will wake you in the morning.

Maestro nods his head as he is playing. Servant leaves the room.

INT. - BEDROOM - MORNING

Maestro lies in the bed, asleep.

Servant knocks on the door, repeatedly. No response from the Maestro.

SERVANT
Maestro! Maestro! I have your breakfast prepared for you.

Still no answer and servant feels something is wrong. She opens the door and enters the room with tray. Sets the tray on top of piano. She tries to wake him, but he does not respond.

Maestro dies in his sleep.

Servant kneels beside the bed crying, holding his hand.

SERVANT
I always loved you and the beauty that you brought into my life. You will be greatly missed and remembered by those you deeply touched with your God given music, especially me. God rest your soul, and I will see you in Heaven.

INT. BEAUTIFUL CATHEDRAL - NIGHT

Maestro's funeral. Only the PRIEST and servant attend.

Priest stands next to the coffin saying prayers in Latin.

Servant says prayers with tearful eyes, and walks up to casket and places a red rose and cross on the coffin. It is the same cross that Joseph had at the funeral he attended. When she turns around, walking towards the front door, she notices a shadow of a man in a long coat with a hat on.

The man suddenly and dramatically disappears.

EXT. VIENNA - PRESENT – SPRING DAY

Joseph rides a white horse in the same field the woman was lying in during the first scene. Joseph falls off the horse. Severe accident occurs.

Joseph lies on his back with a ray of light shining down surrounded by beautiful flowers. Joseph is dying.

A shadowed figure stands over him, reaches down and grabs his hand and pulls.

Joseph opens his eyes and looks up at a Maestro smiling at him.

Maestro is extremely happy, grinning, and shaking his head.

MAESTRO
You have nothing to fear.

JOSEPH
Who are you?

MAESTRO
I am a composer from the Nineteenth Century.

JOSEPH
What happened?

MAESTRO
You had a terrible accident.

JOSEPH
What is your name?

MAESTRO
My name is Maestro Samuels and I was sent here to guide and protect you.

JOSEPH
This must be a dream

MAESTRO
No it is not. You must finish something for me.

JOSEPH
Finish what?

MAESTRO
In time you will know.

INT. JOSEPH'S HOME - NIGHT

Joseph lies in bed asleep. He is in a lot of pain from the accident. He dreams.

EXT. DESERT - NIGHT

Joseph, age 9, and his MOTHER are in a car, traveling across the desert.

Joseph is in the back seat resting his head on a pillow against the window. He looks out at the stars and is mesmerized by one that is extremely bright.

Star makes sudden movement, as if it were flying. Beautiful sight, with rainbow-like colors following behind. Star flies through the sky for about 5 seconds, then stops.

Joseph watches.

Star re-positions in a different part of the sky.

JOSEPH
(very excited) Mom, did you see that?

MOTHER
What are you talking about?

JOSEPH
I saw something in the sky flying!

MOTHER
What do you think it was?

JOSEPH
I think it was a star flying, mom, a star flying through the sky. It was so beautiful, and it made me feel good inside.

MOTHER
Where did it go?

JOSEPH
It is right there!

Joseph points at the sky and Mom pulls the car over to the side of the road. She looks up at the sky and notices the star.

INT. JOSEPH'S HOME – NIGHT

Joseph wakes from the dream, and takes a sip of water. The piano is next to the fireplace. Fireplace is burning. Joseph turns his head and looks at the piano. Beautiful candles are burning in the candelabras on top of the piano. There is a KNOCK on the door.

JOSEPH
Who is it?

JULIANA
It's me, Juliana, to check on you.

JOSEPH
I believe the door is unlocked.

Juliana comes in and sits in a chair next to the bed.

JULIANA
I have been extremely worried about you. I spoke to your mother last night and she said that you are barely hanging on.

JOSEPH
It hasn't been easy for me, and I am glad that you are here.

JULIANA
Can I get you anything?

JOSEPH
I am fine for now.

Juliana looks around and notices the piano.

JULIANA
Where did you get the piano?

JOSEPH
From a friend traveling.

Juliana gets up from the chair, walks up to the piano, and runs her hand across the keys. Joseph is watching her.

JULIANA
This is the most beautiful piano I have ever seen.

JOSEPH
I need to get some rest now. Would you please stay the night and watch over me?

JULIANA
Yes, I can stay with you.

Juliana lays down on the couch looking at Joseph, waiting for him to fall asleep. Joseph falls asleep.

JULIANA
(whispering to herself) I will be here for you, and know that you will be in my prayers.

Juliana closes her eyes and falls asleep.

Joseph opens his eyes and looks around and notices that Juliana is still there. Joseph goes back to sleep and dreams.

EXT. DARK STREET – NIGHT

Joseph, age 16, walks down a dark street late at night with no one around. Joseph notices a man from a distance leaning and standing under a light post wearing a trench coat and hat. He's looking down. It is cold outside with a light rain. As Joseph gets closer, he can see the man's breath while breathing from the cold.

Joseph is somewhat frightened but curious and veers to the right and is now walking on the sidewalk.

As Joseph approaches from across the street the man looks up.

At that moment Joseph stops, turns to the left and starts walking towards him. As Joseph gets closer, he still cannot see what the man looks like, only a shadow. Joseph is standing about ten feet away from him.

RAPHAEL
Joseph, I've been expecting you

Joseph is somewhat puzzled by how the man knew his name. Joseph can not move as if he was paralyzed.

JOSEPH
How do you know my name?

RAPHAEL
Come a little closer so I can get a better look at you.

Man motions with his hand for Joseph to come even closer.

RAPHAEL
Don't be afraid, you have nothing to fear.

Joseph, still unsure, keeps his distance.

JOSEPH
Have we met before?

RAPHAEL
I believe we have.

JOSEPH
I've never seen you around here before. Who are you and what do you want from me?

RAPHAEL
Who am I? I will tell you who I am. I am here to help you.

JOSEPH
Help me with what?

RAPHAEL
Don't you understand?

JOSEPH
No, I do not.

Joseph gets closer to get a better look. There is a beautiful aura of light around the man. Joseph is now at ease and at peace.

Raphael smiles, and starts pointing up to the sky.

Joseph looks up.

RAPHAEL
I come from up there. I am your old Angel and was sent here from the Heavens above to guide and protect you. Joseph you are one of many who are very fortunate. Are you ready to receive the ultimate gift from your Creator?

JOSEPH
I have no idea what you are talking about.

RAPHAEL
What I am talking about will change your life forever. So you must pay attention and listen to what I have to say.

Man has Joseph's undivided attention. Joseph nods his head and starts to listen.

RAPHAEL
You are what we call in Heaven, a golden child. You have been chosen since birth to touch many souls. You are a spiritual warrior, and what you are striving to become in actuality, is what you are by nature. Joseph, you will be faced with many battles in life, but greatness will prevail. Your life's journey begins on this day. And when you discover what your true passion in life is, pay attention and it will change you forever as well as those you share it with. But, I caution you, it must be shared with others. Not in a selfish way and to glorify you. Just as our creator gives us gifts, he can take them away. So please, it must be shared with others.

Open your heart to the world and eternal life will be given to you. One day you will understand what this all means. You remember as a child traveling with your mom and saw something in the sky?

JOSEPH
Yes, like it was yesterday.

The rain stops and the sky becomes very clear. As man is talking to Joseph, he points up to the sky again, to divert Joseph's attention. Joseph is looking up at the sky and is remembering the dream he had at age nine.

RAPHAEL
What you saw was a sign from me to prepare you for things to come. I must leave you now. Even though we will be far away geographically, we will always be close in spirit. Keep looking up to the Heavens above and remember who your Creator is, and praise him each and every day. And by the way, my name is Raphael.

Joseph looks back at Raphael. Raphael vanishes.

(CONTINUED)

Infinito Amore

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