Reds (1981) Script

Was that in 1913 or 177 I can't remember now.

I'm beginning to forget all the people that I used to know, see?

Do I remember Louise Bryant?

Why, of course. I couldn't forget her if I tried.

I can't...

I might sort of scratch my memory, but not at the moment.

You know, things go and come back again.

It was Christopher street, and I was thinking about another street down there instead, until it came back that it was Christopher street.

Sometimes I have lapses like that.

I'd forgotten all about them.

Were there socialists?

I guess there must've been, but I don't think they were of any importance.

I don't remember them at all.

I know that Jack went around with Mabel dodge, and then he went around with another gal, and then he went around with Louise Bryant.

I know there were shifts back and forth, but it never occurred to me...

It never impinged on my own personal life.

I like baseball.

I don't know what the outside world thought of them.

But they were a couple.

I mean, you always spoke of Louise Bryant and Jack Reed.

I recall his telling me that he had two ambitions when he came to college.

One was to be elected president of his class.

He didn't know anyone in the class. No one knew him.

The other was to make a million dollars by the time he was 25.

Now, my idea about Jack Reed is probably different from most.

But I knew him well. I knew he was a man of strong views.

I knew he was independent.

And I have an idea, I may be wrong of this, that his wife was a communist and that his wife had influenced him, as any wife does, as you know and I know.

Louise Bryant?

Well, I thought she was something of an exhibitionist.

No, I'm not gonna talk about people. Don't fool yourself.

No, sir. I'm not... I'm not a purveyor of neighborhood gossip, or anything of the kind.

That's not my job.

He was quiet.

He was a nice fellow.

I would say, if I met him, I would say he was a nice fellow.

He was, however, a fighting fellow in regards to principles.

I said, I think, that a guy who's always interested in the condition of the world and changing it either has no problems of his own or refuses to face them.

Jack... Well, I wouldn't call him a playboy, but some people did.

Jack Reed's life, short as it was, happened at a time, and all of us, after all, are the victims of our time and place, when he had the opportunity, as a reporter, to be in some very exciting and dramatic places.

It isn't everybody can be buried in the kremlin, and he's the only American.

Born in Portland, Oregon.

Now, isn't that something?

What's he hugging? A statue.

Well, I can see that. But what's it a statue of?

It's just a statue, Mr. woodward.

How much is it? It's $75.

For a photograph? That's right, Mrs. rudisile.

This is interesting, Mrs. trullinger.

Not that it isn't very nice, but it isn't a painting.

Mr. woodward, I'd like you to look at this.

I think I see the intention here. Yes.

Eve dominates, you see?

The dream dominates the dreamer.

It's...

It looks blurry to me.

The other one looked blurry, too.

I think that's the intention of the photographer, Mr. woodward.

What? To be blurry?

But perhaps if you looked at it from a different point of view...

Louise!

This is you?

Lovely figure.

Louise, have you taken leave of your senses?

Don't be a fool, Paul.

You think I'm a fool because I object to my wife being displayed naked in front of half the people I know...

Yes. My god, it's a work of art in a gallery.

What's the matter with you?

You used to call Portland a stuffy provincial coffin for the mind.

It may be stuffy and provincial, but it also happens to be a coffin where I earn a living.

You can take your living and fill up teeth with it, because I can earn my own living.

I have my work.

You consider a few articles in the oregonian and the gazette work?

No, I'll tell you what your work is, Louise.

It's making yourself the center of attention.

It's shocking Louise trullinger, emancipated woman of Portland.

Now, we're gonna say good night to these people and go home.

I'm going to the liberal club. You're not going to the liberal club.

I'm going to the liberal club, Paul. No, you're not...

It's very nice, Mrs. trullinger. All of it.

It's very gratifying to hear, isn't it, Louise?

Isn't it, Louise?

Of course, you know who is going to be at the liberal club.

Patriotic Americans believe in freedom.

And unless we are willing to take arms to defend our heritage, we cannot call ourselves patriotic Americans!

I'm proud to be free.

I'm proud to be an American.

And if the man we elected president decides that our freedoms are being threatened and that the world must be made safe for democracy, then I know I won't be alone in heeding the call of patriotism!

What is this war about?

Each man will have his own answer.

I have mine. I'm ready to be called!

The son of Margaret and the late c.J. Reed of Portland, who has withessed this war first-hand.

And I, for one, see no reason why we here at the liberal club shouldn't listen to what Jack Reed has to say.

What would you say this war is about, Jack Reed?

Profits.

What did he say?

Excuse me, Mr. Reed. Hello, my name is Louise Bryant and I am a journalist.

And I was wondering if you might have time to give me an interview.

I'm sorry, I don't. I don't do interviews.

I had a piece in the blast not long ago.

Berkman's blast? Really? That's right.

Well, when did you want to do this interview?

Now.

I don't live here.

I live in a house by the river. Oh, really.

My, my, my. Two places.

Yeah, I use this place as a studio.

Do you like white lilies?

They're my favorite flowers.

You're not married, are you? No, I don't think I believe in marriage.

Are you married? Marriage?

How could anyone believe in marriage?

I bet your mother's glad to see you back in Portland.

Mother's glad when I'm not in jail. Is this you?

Yes. Do you like it?

Yeah. I think they're...

A little blurry, but this one's very nice. Yes.

It is. Now...

Granted, the profit motive in the world economy is a basic root cause for the war.

Do you feel that those Americans who are pro-war and who ascribe their motives to patriotism are cynical or naive?

And, if they're cynical, is it the cynicism of patriots who feel that without a profit motive, the power structure elite of this country will not enter the war, even though they feel that the containment of German militarism may be necessary for...

All right, miss Bryant, do you want an interview? Write this down.

Are you naive enough to think containing German militarism has anything to do with this war?

Don't you understand that england and France own the world economy and Germany just wants a piece of it?

Keep writing, miss Bryant.

Miss Bryant, can't you grasp that j.P. Morgan has loaned england and France a billion dollars?

And if Germany wins, he won't get it back.

More coffee? America would be entering the war to protect j.P. Morgan's money.

If he loses it, we'll have a depression.

So, the real question is, why do we have an economy where the poor have to pay so the rich won't lose money?

All right, now, what haven't we covered?

Economic freedom for women means sexual freedom, and sexual freedom means birth control...

Dissent! The masses stands for dissent.

We have a predominantly upper-middle class readership.

So, we have to run around the country raising money for the magazine any way we...

What?

Well, I'm thinking that I guess I...

That I ought to offer you more coffee.

I hadn't realized the hour, but I seem to have taken up a lot of your time.

Well, that's okay by me.

Does this happen to you often?

Not often enough.

Well?

We certainly have come a long way fast.

Yeah.

Do you want to take it a step further?

Yeah.

What would you think if I asked you to do something that might seem a little selfish?

Well, I... I think you should.

Good. Good, because I'd like you to take a look at my work and tell me what you think.

You see, I really respect your opinion so much.

Well, it's odd, because I was just gonna ask you if you had anything I could take a look at.

I know it's an imposition but I'd be very grateful and you see, I've read everything that you've ever written.

Well, I'd be happy to do it. So, that's...

Well, thank you.

Well, then I... I'll get your coat.

Oh, and I hope you won't be gentle with me.

Gentle? I'm a serious writer.

You can really be tough.

No, I will be. No, I will be.

Thank you. Thank you.

Do you want me to leave? Not really, but I'm late.

Late at 6:00 in the morning? Yes. I have an appointment.

Well, could I see you tomorrow night?

I'm busy tomorrow night.

Because I'm leaving town the next day. Gee, I'm sorry.

So, if you have time, let me know what you think, and I'll send you a copy of the interview.

Some interview, huh?

Take a look sometime.

Yeah. Yeah, yeah. Okay, I understand.

Jack, dear, do you remember Mr. hardison?

Used to be at the first presbyterian church, up the hill.

He's in Seattle now at the big Plymouth church.

What brings you out here, Jack?

Just come out to see your mother?

Mr. partlow, I just... I'm raising money for this magazine that I write for.

What? I say, I'm raising money for this magazine that I write for!

Magazine”? What magazine? Yes, sir.

Well, it's called the masses.

The what? The masses!

The masses. Masses.

Jack, do you remember Mr. potterson's sister?

Is that religious? Oh, no, sir. No, sir.

Oh, you remember her, Jack. Her name was Miriam.

She didn't eat meat.

Sounds religious.

You remember the fellow that was courting her?

Sold spool thread. Came from down around Eugene.

Not religious, huh? No, sir.

What was his name, Jack? I don't think I remember the name.

Well, I don't know about you people, but I'm starved.

I don't know, Mrs. partlow. I...

Jack, I heard you made a few people a little unhappy down at the liberal club last night.

On, Carl, we're here to have a good time, let's not go into that.

What was his name, Jack?

Here you are! I can't...

Welcome. So happy...

Hello, Jack. Hello.

Oh, you look wonderful.

Alma, this is Louise trullinger.

Alma boyle. This is ned boyle and Jack Reed.

Jack, Louise is quite a progressive in her own right.

Mr. partlow.

How do you do, Mr. Reed? How do you do?

Oh, Mr. partlow, Mrs. partlow, this is Louise trullinger.

Pleased to meet you. Pleased to meet you.

Are you Paul trullinger's wife?

Yes. Yes, I am.

Well, isn't that something?

He did frank rhodes' bridge.

Oh, Mrs. trullinger, your husband's the finest dentist in all of Portland.

Thank you very much. Really?

And I think he did a plate for uncle grover.

Oh, we won't wait for Harry and Martha. I could eat a horse.

All right, let's go in.

What a shame Paul couldn't come tonight.

An emergency? Yes...

Not uncle grover's plate, I hope.

No. Uncle grover's plate's like new. Oh, well...

Did free love start in greenwich village?

Very good wine, Carl.

More, Jack? No, no. No, thank you.

It's just delicious, really.

Don't you think so, Mrs. trullinger?

Yes, it's just delicious.

Thank you, Louise.

Dupont, I think. Dupont.

It is dupont, isn't it, Harry?

Mother doesn't want you to get Jack started on the subject of marriage.

You got any children, Mrs. trullinger?

Not yet, Mr. Reed.

Call me Jack. I've been married 14 years now.

Don't get me in any arguments about free love.

It's getting cold outside.

I'll just call you Louise.

George Waldorf. That's it! George Waldorf!

Used to sell spool thread.

What about George Waldorf? Well, he died.

I couldn't think of letting you walk unescorted, Louise.

Tell me something.

Does Dr. trullinger mind your spending so much time at your studio?

People have to give each other a little freedom.

Freedom, Mrs. trullinger?

I'd like to know what your idea of freedom is.

Having your own studio? Walk...

I'd like to see you with your pants off, Mr. Reed.


Marching and shuffling along

I didn't realize the time.

So, if you like, there's some very nice damson preserves.

And you can make toast out of that, if you want.

So, bye.

Where you going?

If you're catching the 2:45, I mean, you don't really have that much time.

I'm sure you're gonna want to pack... Louise, it's 8:45, only.

It's 8:45.

Listen, I realize that you're very busy in New York, but I'd be grateful if you could take the time to write a few words to me about my work.

Oh, yes. Oh, yes.

If you'll just send my portfolio back. You can mail it to this address...

Louise, wait a minute. What are you just walking out like that for?

Will you come upstairs, please, and just talk to me for a minute?

Thank you.

Listen... what is it?

Why don't you come?

What? Come to New York.

You wanna write? Come where the writers are.

If you wanna have freedom you gotta go where the freedom is, don't you?

You're gonna go to waste in Portland. Come to New York.

You ought to be in New York. Thank you very much.

I'll remember that.

What? I'll remember your advice.

Please come with me.

All right, wait a minute. Let me get this straight.

You want me to come with you to New York.

Yeah.

What as? What as?

What do you mean, what... “What as?

Your girlfriend? What does that mean?

What as? Your girlfriend, your mistress, your paramour, your concubine?

Why does it have to be as anything?

Because I don't wanna get into some kind of emotional possessive involvement where I'm not able to...

I want to know what as.

Well, it's nearly Thanksgiving. Why don't you come as a Turkey?

I always thought she was a very earnest girl who went away.

Probably the dentist knew nothing except about teeth, and was mainly interested...

And then she had this wonderful journalist who could talk about all sorts of things.

I had a coat I brought from Germany.

And she wanted that coat and made me all kinds of propositions.

But I wanted it, too.

But finally I gave in and gave it to her.

I had other coats.

So that's how she operated.

She went after him. As I say, she got him.

So she wasn't any dummy.

But it was something to happen in little old Portland.

You didn't hear the word "sex.” You didn't hear the word "lesbian."

You didn't hear the word "homosexual."

You didn't hear the word "abortion."

You didn't hear those things.

Men respected women.

They helped them on with their coats, they opened the doors for them.

And the man and woman who courted each other, they married each other.

You know something that I think, that there was just as much fucking going on then as now.

Only now, it has a more perverted quality.

Now there's no love whatever included.

Then, there was your heart, a bit of heart in it greenwich village was there, and New York was around it.

And the rest of New York did not act the way greenwich village did, exactly.

It was sort of a center of dissent and had been for a long time in American life.

People from all over the country came there.

It was regarded as bohemian. Their ways of life were irregular.

The way they dressed and certainly the way they thought was outside the mainstream of American life.

And as I recollect it, marriage was not important in greenwich village.

I remember hearing a line Jack said to somebody he was trying to lure into bed.

She was being very coy, and he said, "aren't you pagan enough?” Hello?

Hello, Jack?


If it's illegal to hand out pamphlets on birth control, I'm proud to be a criminal.

No one is arguing with your inalienable right to go to jail, Emma.

All I'm saying is that this is not the right time to go to jail for birth control.

Oh, there's a right time to go to jail for birth control?

The masses is governing conscience now?

Soon you'll be indistinguishable from the New York times.

Emma, all I'm saying is that you are too valuable to the anti-war movement. You're wrong.

No, he's right. If we get into this war... And you're wrong.

Will you let me finish my sentence? Your sentence is not worth finishing.

Thousands of American women, overworked, underfed, are dying, giving birth to anemic children who can't last out a year.

Are their lives any less valuable than thousands of American boys'?

I want those back Tuesday. I'm not saying... do you think...

Oh, shit. Exactly.

Good night.

You want some coffee? Chase and sanborn?

I'm out of coffee. Again? I'm leaving.

No, the conversation is over. You're a journalist, Jack.

When you're a revolutionary, we'll discuss priorities.

Hopefully over coffee.

It's late, I'll walk you home. Why? I won't hurt anybody.

Well...

Yeah.

It's Friday night.

I'm so glad to see you.

Really, I'm so glad to see you.

I finished your articles. They're very good.

The railroad piece, I think, is... Needs polishing.

It's repetitious, but... But that's deliberate.

I'm using repetition to make a point.

I don't want it to seem too polished.

Oh.

Well, I think you're gonna love New York.

Emma, Emma, Emma.

I think it was Emma goldberg.

I think so.

I never forgot Emma Goldman.

She inspired me to the very depths.

And Max eastman was a beloved man.

The real radical, a free spirit.

He was in that same group with that Emma Goldman.

That was her name. Goldman, not goldberg.

Floyd Dell was one of them.

He wrote novels, beautiful novels.

The radicals included people like the iwws and bill Haywood.

And there were Walter lippmann, and Lincoln steffens and Isadora Duncan and edna St. Vincent millay.

Alfred stieglitz...

Oh, and Margaret sanger.

My lord, I picketed for her.

And, of course, the great writer Eugene O'Neill came from down there.

I don't think there's anybody who can touch O'Neill today.

You have to be a bit of a rebel to be an artist of any kind, I believe.

And everybody in greenwich village was a bit of a rebel.

What do you do, Louise? I write.

Good for you. Could you pass the bread, please?

Thanks. Because to the middle-class American, everyone on the left is the same. An anarchist, a socialist...

Would you pass the bread, please?

What do you do, Louise? I write.

Good. Madame schumann-heink...

Jack tells me you write, miss Bryant. What do you write about?

Everything.

You write about everything?

Everything. Yes. Everything, nothing...

Just...

I see.

Now, about Davis and Sloan, have they quit?

Not yet, but they...

I don't think they should sit here like this. I don't. I think it's cruel.

It's just... Organization, right?

Look, what does a capitalist do?

Let me ask you that, Mike. Huh? Tell me.

I mean, what does he make, besides money?

I don't know what he makes. The workers do all the work, don't they?

Well, what if they got organized?

I mean, all the workers. Not just the plumbers, and the carpenters and the goddamn cigar makers.

But all of them, all over the world?

What if they all got organized?

Don't you think they could... They could change society overnight.

They can make it into anything they wanted.

Jack, can I tap you for $5? I'm flat.

Well, don't ask this pretentious son of a bitch for money.

If you need $5, I'll give it to you.

Let me have $4.50, will you?

What isn't fair...? You see what I'm saying?

If all the workers in the world belonged to one big union, there wouldn't be a war, would there? Are you listening to me?

Miss Bryant.

You've been nursing that beer for an hour.

Can I get you a glass of wine or something?

No, thank you. I'm fine. Thank you, anyway.

Beer's fine. You are an amiable person.

And a very good painter, I hear.

I write.

Read jung!

"Read Freud, read jung." Read engels, read Marx!

My god, you can't interpret Freud in an economic context.

You know you got a taxi waiting?

Zosima represents the corruption of religion.

I tell you you're wrong.

And jung is a mystic... But do you seriously believe...

How long are they going to stay? I don't know. They'll get out in a while.

I'll only be gone for a day. You just got back from Boston.

Hey, why don't you come with me to Baltimore?

Really? What am I supposed to come to Baltimore as?

What as?

Jack, you know, you got a taxi waiting.

Taxi's waiting, Jack.

See you tomorrow.

We've been trying for two years.

Capitalists can take this country into war any time they damn well please.

The only impact you can make is in the streets.

Of course, but...

But don't you think, Emma, that if debs gets a lot of votes, it'll strengthen that image?

No, I don't. I think voting is the opium of the masses in this country.

Every four years, you deaden the pain.

Yeah, but...

Don't you think...

I just made it very clear what I think, miss Bryant.

Come on, e.G. Don't be so goddamn dogmatic.

Louise has a point. She says... Suddenly I'm dogmatic.

Why does my status change every time you get a new woman, Jack?

Bernie, could I have the red wine? Louise, would you like a glass?

She's just... she's upset with me.

It's got nothing to do with you. Nothing to do with you.

The house is completely filled with people when you're gone.

They use it as if it was a meeting hall or something.

I can't get any work done. Just throw them out.

How am I supposed to throw them out? Just kick them out.

Tell them to leave.

I'm not going to say to Max eastman, "leave."

Just throw them out. Jack?

Jack, is that you? Jack, it's very good to see you.

Hello, Horace. How are you? Very good to see you.

You know Louise Bryant? Yes, hello. How are you?

Very nice to see you. How do you do?

Great pleasure.

Hi, Max. How are you? Divine, Horace.

And Floyd, good to see you. Hello, Horace.

Still getting arrested, Jack?

I try.

How about you, miss Bryant?

Are you trying to get arrested, too?

No, not really.

What do you do, miss Bryant? I write.

You write”? Now, may I ask, what are you working on?

It's impossible to describe.

It's impossible to describe?

She just did a hell of a piece on the influence of the armory show and you ought to read it.

Well, you know, I very much would like to read that.

Why don't you give me a call at the metropolitan?

In fact, even better, why don't we have a drink on Thursday?

Fine. We can talk about the armory show.

It's a date, then. Well, all right.

That's wonderful. Fine.

Jack!

Now, you stay out of the slammer, now, okay?

Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye. It's nice to see you.

Jack, please don't do that. “What?

He's the editor of metropolitan. I've known him for years.

Jack, I can speak for myself. So can your work.

I don't want you to do that... Taxi's waiting, Jack.

Oh. Taxi's waiting, Jack.

Jack...

I'll see you at the end of the week, okay?

Okay? Wait. Wait.

Maybe I will call him about Thursday.

Yeah, call him about Thursday. Yeah, yeah.

See you, boys. Bye-bye, Jack.

Bye-bye, Jack. See you.

See you, Jack.

"The railroad's opening new frontiers, "and crisscrossing it all are the railroads.

"The railroad's opening new frontiers, "and in turn, these frontiers...

"And in turn, these frontiers..."

Oh, god.

It is repetitious.

We're not human beings, we're a commodity.

And how many days a week? Seven days.

Every day? They said, "if you don't come to work on Sunday, don't come on Monday."

What do you make an hour? 20 cents.

How many times have they slammed the door on your face because the labor you do is called unskilled?

That's right, bill.

Well, the iww's not gonna turn you down because you're unskilled. Listen to him, George.

Or skilled. Or black or white or yellow.

Seven days a week.

What do you make an hour? 10 cents an hour.

One big union.

All workers belong... Listen, read that. That's important.

I'm looking for a lathe worker named pasquale alberti.

He had an industrial accident. He got his leg crushed. Do you know him?

Yeah, sure, Harvard.

Is that what they wanna read about in greenwich village now, industrial accidents?

And for that, we need power.

And there's only one way to get power.

Organize!

All the workers together!

One big union!

And the war the iww wants you to get into is class war!

Not a war in Europe!

War against the capitalists!

You'll never get anything or anywhere, until the whole working class belongs to one big...

All right, gentlemen, you've got 20 seconds to vacate the premises.

May I ask on what authority?

On my authority.

This is an illegal assembly.

Excuse me, officer. These men have the legal right to assemble.

That's all they're doing.

We know what the hell they doing.

What the hell you doing? Me?

You.

I write. You write?

You wrong.

Get him out of herel

here they are.

The folio. The oeuvre.

Well...

How is Jack?

I do hope he's being more careful about what he's writing these days.

I'd hate to see him not able to get into print.

Oh, I'm sure he'll do fine.

Did you tell him where we were having drinks?

No, I will. He's out of town.

Mr. whigham, excuse me, but the armory show piece is on the top.

Oh, this is the armory...

Yes. Yes. Of course. Here it is.

Well...

I really ought to spend more time on this.

Oh, yes, of course.

What about dinner?

Dinner? Jack wouldn't mind.

Why would he mind? Well, we're all grownups, of course, but Jack's rather...

He's rather an odd duck, isn't he?

And I've never really known how...

Mr. whigham, are you saying you need Jack's permission to make a pass at me?

What are you getting so upset about?

For Christ's sake, I made two little tiny changes...

Don't rewrite what I write, Pete.

What the hell's the matter with you, Jack?

The iww's a bunch of reds.

Come on.

We got reds in the ww, got reds in the village.

We've got nothing but reds around here.

For Christ's sake, you're the best goddamn writer around.

Now, what the hell you wanna waste your time with a lot of red propaganda nobody's ever gonna print?

It's the truth. Does that mean anything around here?

Well, who the hell's to say what the truth is?

A bunch of goddamn reds in the ww?

You're not being fair to the af of I.

Now, give me the goddamn article... You're gonna rewrite what I write.

I'm just gonna take it to a magazine that won't.

Well, fine. Take it to the masses.

They're a bunch of reds. Thank you.

Who's gonna pay your rent? Rent's easy, Pete.

You just don't rewrite what I write. You got that? Don't rewrite what I write.

You stubborn son of a bitch. Who's gonna pay your rent?

Louise?

I got every one in the shop.

We're broke, but we've got them all.

Thanks.

What's the matter? Nothing.

What is it? It's nothing. How'd it go?

A lot better than we thought it would.

You see whigham? Yesterday.

How was that? We mostly talked about you, of course.

Did he offer you work?

No, but he made a big point of telling me what wonderful friends you and he have become over the years.

It was a fascinating meeting.

Are you angry at whigham or me?

What is it?

It's nothing. You said you'd be back Tuesday and it's Saturday.

Didn't I say I'd back at the end of the week?

The end of the week is Friday. The end of the week is Friday?

Saturday's not the end of the week anymore, huh?

Jack, you said you'd be back Tuesday!

What difference does it make?

What do you think I've been doing?

Running around listening to the sound of my own voice?

How do I know whose voice you've been listening to?

Obviously you like it a lot better than mine!

Look at me. Oh, god!

I'm like a wife.

I'm like a boring, clinging, miserable little wife.

Who'd wanna come home to me? Me!

Well, I can't do this! I can't do this anymore!

You can't do what?

I'm just living in your margins.

I don't know what I'm doing here. I don't know what my purpose is.

Well, tell me what you want. I want to stop needing you!

I want you to know something.

I asked whigham if he'd send me to France.

Is that what you want? That's what I want.

What are you doing, Louise? I can't work around you.

Will you tell me why you're doing this?

I'm not taken seriously when you're around.

When I'm around you're not taken seriously?

Oh, god, this is not good.

You mean you think I'm taken more seriously?

Is that what you're talking about?

Do you mean you're not? Come on, Jack.

You know what I'm saying. You're not being honest with me.

I don't know what you're saying.

You're not being honest with me. Please, be honest with me.

I am so being honest with you.

Maybe if you took yourself a little more seriously, other people would, too.

I told you what I thought about the armory piece.

I was honest about that.

I think it's very nice, but no, I don't take it very seriously.

Thank you. Why do you even expect to be taken seriously if you're not writing about serious things?

I don't understand that.

I found myself an apartment. I'm looking for one.

I'm not even sure I know what things you're serious about.

One day you're writing about the railroads, and you don't even finish the piece.

The next day you're doing a piece on an art exhibition that happened three years ago.

Look, why do you give me anything to read, anyway?

If I criticize it at all, you tell me you like it the way it is.

And when we're out with other people, if somebody doesn't ask you a direct question, you tell me you feel ignored.

But with everything that's happening in the world today, you decide to sit down and write a piece on the influence of the goddamned armory show of 1913!

Are people supposed to take that seriously?

Well, I don't really care!

You care! I'm not really... I don't care!

You care! I don't care!

And I'm not interested in whether your stupid friends take me seriously or not! Well, they don't take it seriously.

That's why they don't take it seriously.

I found an apartment on Houston street, and I'm moving in.

And [I'll tell you something else, Jack Reed.

I don't think we like the same people or the same kind of life.

And I wanna be on my own. Go ahead, be on your own!

I don't give a damn! You're on your own anyway.

Oh! I know you don't give a damn!

Well, will you tell me why the hell I should give a damn?

You shouldn't! Don't give a damn!

I don't give a damn, either! That's right! I don't give a damn!

I'm getting out of here! Good, fine! I'm leaving, too!


Honey, can we just get out of New York?

Let's go somewhere and just write what we wanna write.


Provincetown was just a tiny little fishing village.

And it was very, very conservative.

We'd take the fall river steamer up there, I remember, every summer.

We used to save fares by sleeping in tiers.

And we always got bedbugs.

You did whatever you pleased up there.

And we put on some very interesting plays, experimental plays that a commercial theater couldn't possibly do.

Take Susan glaspell's trifles.

There's a whole play without the protagonist even appearing on the stage.

And they gave three one-act plays.

One of them was a play by...

I always thought it was by John Reed and Louise Bryant.

But I see it's by her.

They were in it.

The play was terrible, and they were worse.

And of course, gene O'Neill was known as the poet, but I liked his plays better than his poetry.

Will you never understand?

Are you so stupid that you do not know what I mean?

I am offering myself to you.

I am kneeling before you.

I have promised you my body, my body that men have found so beautiful.

I have promised to love you, a negro sailor!

Tell them not to stand behind the moon.

Don't stand behind the moon.

Back? Can you step back a little bit?

'Cause of the moon.

This is the moon here.

This way? Yes.

Take it from "I hate the sea."

Will you never understand?

Are you so stupid that you don't know what I mean?

I'm offering myself to you.

I'm kneeling before you.

I, who have had so many men kneel before me, I'm offering you my body, my body that men have found so beautiful.

I have promised to love you.

You, a negro sailor.

Is that not humiliation enough that you must keep me waiting so?

Answer me, please! Answer me.

Will you give me that water?

I have no water.

Old Teddy wants this war, doesn't he?

I wonder how long it'll take the public to find out he's a maniac.

Teddy Roosevelt has rabies. Universal military training.

And the ironic part of it is that poor people, they love him.

Sure, they do. They'll take him up San Juan hill again.

You can't touch the bunny suit. It's rented.

Did you read the piece on the convention?

If the left doesn't defend Wilson, we're gonna get president Hughes.

Think we ought to go to St. Louis?

I am not going to St. Louis to defend Wilson.

I think we should. Why? What good would it do?

I don't know, if you don't think Hughes would have us in a war in a few months, it wouldn't do any good at all.

Wilson's kept us out so far.

Reed thought that he was a good poet.

He was a terrible poet.

He thought that he could write good novels.

Short stories.

Of course, he was a poet.

And not a great poet, but some of it was very fine.

But, as a journalist, Jack Reed topped them all.

Look. Pull this up. Hey, Jack.

See? That's good.

Jack, your ride's here.

Excuse me. I'll wait outside. Okay. Okay.

Do you see what I mean? If one... Jack, the taxi's waiting.

Yeah, I got to run.

Bye, honey.

Jack Reed wanted to stir up trouble, he wanted to stir up trouble for the capitalists.

And he also wanted to arouse the working masses to the necessity of some kind of effective united action.

In other words, I am accusing him of either being a busybody or of being a fraidy-cat, not wanting to face things of his own nature.

Dear Louise, St. Louis is very hot and very crowded with democrats, all having a wonderful time and wearing little paper hats in anticipation of Wilson's nomination.

I'd like to think it's because he doesn't want the United States to go into the war, but who knows the mind of a democrat?

By the way, I've decided to throw out the poem on white lilies.

The rhyming scheme was wrong.

Maybe when I get back I can start it again.

Politics sure plays hell with your poetry.

I keep thinking I see you. It's the damnedest thing.

I miss you, honey. I miss walking on the beach.


Hello. Where's the whiskey?

Would you like a glass?

Don't try and decide.

I'll get you one.

I like your play.

I only hope I can do the part justice.

I think your dialogue is beautiful. I really do, I love it...

Then why the hell don't you just stand still and say it instead of wandering all over the stage?

You're supposed to be looking for your soul, not an ashtray.

Would you rather I didn't smoke during rehearsals?

I'd rather you went up in flames than put out your cigarette in the middle of a monologue about birth.

I'm sorry. You're absolutely right.

It makes me wanna cancel the whole production.

I won't do it again. Excuse me, I'm sorry.

You keep the glass. I'll take the bottle.

Are you leaving?

Give me your glass.

Are you nervous?

Or is that a tremor? Why aren't you in Chicago with Jack?

Why should I be? He has his things, I have mine.

What are they? “What?

The things that you have that are yours.

What are they?

My work, for one.

He's a real mean son of a bitch, isn't he?

What do you mean?

Leaving you alone with your work.

You think I mind? You should.

It's the one thing we mustn't be left alone with.

You may feel that way, I don't. Good.

Don't let those village radicals keep you from being what you should be.

What do you think I should be?

The center of attention.

Well, you must have been with some very competitive women.

Let's just say possessive.

Possessive? That's something else.

It's a waste of time.

I'm not.

Neither is Jack, for that matter.

Oh, yes. I know. You and Jack have your own things.

He has the freedom to do the things that he wants to and so do I.

And I think anyone who's afraid of that kind of freedom is really only afraid of his own emptiness.

Are you making this up as you go along?

I'd like you to go.

Why?

Because I don't want to be patronized.

I'm sorry if you don't believe in mutual independence and free love and respect.

Don't give me a lot of parlor socialism that you learned in the village.

If you were mine, I wouldn't share you with anybody or anything.

It'd be just you and me. You'd be at the center of it all.

You know, it would feel a lot more like love than being left alone with your work.

I hope I haven't upset you. Not at all. I'm grateful.

But you seem to be looking for something much more serious than what I had in mind.

Than what you had in mind? Yes.

You see, Jack and I are both perfectly capable of living with our beliefs.

But I think someone as romantic as you would be destroyed by them.

And I don't want that to happen. It would upset Jack too much.


You can't come and play in my yard I don't love you anymore you'll be sorry when you see me sliding down my cellar door you can't holler down my rain barrel you can't climb my apple tree

I don't want to play in your yard if you can't be good to me


I don't want to play in your yard I don't like you anymore you'll be sorry when you see me sliding down our cellar door you can't holler down our rain barrel you can't climb our apple tree I don't want to play in your yard if you won't be good to me

wonderful!

Floyd, I've been waiting for this for weeks.


Tap your sensuality.

Wonderful close. Extraordinary.

Very good. Excellent.

Floyd, that's new for you, isn't it? Max, what about you?

Okay. Who's next? I just recited two-thirds of my new play.

You said it was a work of uncanny perception.

Oh, did 1? How quickly we forget.

Welll Jack. Come in.

News from the front.

Hello, Jack. Hello, Jack.

Hi, Jack. How was the trip?

Welcome back.

Who's next? Nobody's next.

Let's have a dance out of gene.

Jack, you're just in time to see O'Neill dance.

Okay. Do something Irish. Come on, gene.

Yeah. Let's have it, gene.

Yeah. Go ahead gene. Recite something from your new play.

Hutch says it's wonderful.

Tell us about the convention, Jack. How was Wilson's speech?

Never mind the speech. What was he wearing?

What about Wilson? Yeah. What about Wilson?

Oh, I don't think there's any reason to believe that Wilson's gonna do anything other than support the interest of the ruling class and take us into the war.

But as long as he says he's against it, then I think we have to support him.

Because he'll have to make good on that campaign promise for at least a few months and that might give us time to strengthen the anti-war coalition.

But there's a lot more pro-war feeling in the streets now than there was before...

You want another drink, gene?

I guess not.

Good night. Night.

Good night.

Would you like some cold tea with lemon?

No, thanks.

Well, I'll have some, anyway.

What's this? A poem.

May I read it?

I didn't finish it.

Finish it.

Finish it?

Would that make you happy? If I were a poet?

I'm happy.

Jack. Why don't you get some sleep?

Jack.

There's something that I have to tell you.

You don't have to tell me anything. No?

No.

You want to get married?


Okay. There we go. I'll see...

Onh, careful there. Careful. There's two more to come.

Two? No, there should be three.

Oh, excuse me. I'm sorry. I'm very sorry to hover like this.

It's not that you're not doing a wonderful job.

It's just that I'm very concerned about this one particular box.

Here. No. No. I'll take it.


Where's the whiskey?

Lady, where do you want this? Oh, just put it over there.

That'll be fine. Thank you.

Yeah.

Anything to drink in there? Drink?

Oh, here. Thanks. Thank you very much. I...

Thank you. Good. Thank you.

Oh. Well. Let's see now. Here we are.

Gene? No glass?

Oh. Let's see.

Well, I guess I should have labeled these, shouldn't I have?

No. No, that isn't the right one.

Try this one.

Well, what are you working on, gene?

At the moment, scotch.

I found a cup. Will a cup be all right?

I'd prefer a glass. A glass.

You know, you left without saying goodbye.

That's not like you, not that I have the slightest idea what you're like.

Success at last. See, a... here we go.

Your skill as a bartender seems to have deteriorated.

Are you nervous? Yes. No. I'm...

Why should I be nervous? My god, it's gonna smell like a saloon in here.

What is it? It's a poem telling you that I love you.

And that I won't be possessive and I won't be jealous.

And you can sleep with whoever you want, live with whoever you want.

I'll do anything that you say. I'd like to kill you, but I can't.

So you can do whatever you want to, except not see me.

Or smoke during the monologue.

Gene, Jack and I, we haven't told anyone yet because we were too embarrassed.

But we're married.

Jack and I got married.

That is embarrassing. Yes. Isn'tit?

We felt very silly, but we wanted to do it.

And it's gonna be good. We're gonna work together.

We're gonna spend all our time together.

That's why we took a lease on this place, so we wouldn't have to go back to the city.

Does this mean that we have to cheat?

Or is this a free and independent marriage?

Gene. You're a lying Irish whore from Portland and you used me to get Jack Reed to marry you.

No, I didn't.

I just want us to be friends, gene.

Oh, how genteel. That would be a good role for you, wouldn't it?

"There's Louise with Jack and gene.

"He's crazy about her, but Jack doesn't know.

"Poor Jack. Poor gene. What a heartbreaker she is."

What a heartbreaker you are, Louise.

I'm sorry. I'm...

Where is he?

Washington.

Well, Mrs. Reed, I'll do whatever you say. What do you want me to do?

Wish us well?

I wish you well.

You and Jack.


Jack!

Oh, god.

I'm not sure whether she had an affair with Eugene O'Neill or not during this time.

And nobody seemed to know. Or...

It was nobody's business, anyway, so...

I don't know what that situation was.

The report was that she and Reed and O'Neill had a ménage a trois.

Jack, what... what is...

Oh, god! I swear...

That we love americal we love her mountains, her forests...

There were mutinies in the French army, there were mutinies in various parts of the front.

And then, in 1917, the troops, poorly armed, poorly equipped, poorly clothed, went back to Russia to talk it out with the czar.

And when they got through, there wasn't any czar.

Revolution in Russia.

This was the spring of 1917.

And I became so excited that I zigzag-jumped the benches as we walked out of the park.

Oh, I was so happy as a young boy.

Revolution, the people take over, down with the czar!

Naturally, I was happy.


Well, haven't you made the politics a little nebulous here?

What do you mean "nebulous"? Unclear...

How can you say they're unclear? Well, they're unclear to me. I...

Why am I necessarily attempting to define the politics of a specific group of people?

It isn't what I said. I think it's a vast oversimplification.

Oh, it's just an opinion.

You know, if you made carbons of these, I could take them on the train with me.

Wilson, of course, was elected on the platform of

"keep us out of war” in 1916.

But in 1917, Wilson reversed himself and declared war against Germany.

The mission at that time was to make the world safe for democracy.

Reed said, "this is a war for democracy? Where is the goddamn democracy?"

If men really disapproved of war, dear, we'd have stopped wars years ago.

Men like wars. Always have.

So they all went and got little uniforms, went to war.

My country is at war! Yes.

And so today, I, too, am at war!

My name is Jack Reed, I'm from New York.

This is not my war, and I'm not gonna have anything to do with it!

All right. All right.

All right, folks.

There was a lot of anti-war feeling, of course.

We had no one against the war. There wasn't a soul against the war.

Well, I'm not talking about saying it to the workers any other way.

How do we move them?

Right. How do we organize them?

The socialist party...

The socialist party of America is nothing to sneeze at.

You think the socialist party is going to take a position?

You boys are reds, aren't you?

The socialist party is useless. Jack, is that right?

Now, that's the truth. Jack?

The United States is at war.

Your friends are talking to you.

If the workers of the world act together, they can stop the war. And I'm not...

This one even pisses red.

You ran around saving the world until your kidney acted up again.

Very intelligent.

And you're gonna keep running around making speeches until you wind up in the hospital. Brilliant.

And then, you're gonna lose your kidney. Perfect.

Harry, how much is the government paying you to keep me quiet?

Very funny. Keep laughing.

Yeah... That hurt, didn't it?

Listen, I'm gonna tell you something.

You're not gonna be able to keep doing what you've been doing.

This is a serious condition. It could kill you.

Harry, look, I want to know if...

Could this thing interfere with having children?

Yes. You cannot have sex if you die. No, come on, Harry. Seriously.

Are you thinking about having children?

Not at the moment, but I want to be able to...

Is Louise talking about it?

No.

Well, just because she isn't talking about it doesn't mean she isn't thinking about it.

Don't worry. You don't make babies with your kidneys.

Look, I'm gonna send you home to Louise.

Tell her to keep you there, put you in bed, give you lots of liquids. I'm gonna write it all down.

Look, Louise doesn't know about this. And I don't want her to, okay?

Fine. So, can you give me my bill here?

I don't want it sent to the house. Do you have any money?

Not at the moment.

Then why the hell should I give you a bill? Go home.

It is my belief that socialism and peace are inseparable.

And I reiterate that the socialist party will stand firmly behind its resolution to oppose American involvement in this war!

Mr. chairman, Louis fraina, local Boston.

The chair recognizes the delegate from Boston.

And I still want to know what specific action we are going to take against the war.

Your resolution is all very nice, but will it stop even one boy from being killed? I don't think so.

Stigmatized as unpatriotic.

The task that confronts us is difficult.

Let us hope that we can handle it properly.

What's that supposed to mean?

Stupid!

I'd like to know if the socialist party is gonna fight conscription or not.

That's what I'd like to know. Will the delegate identify himself?

I am not a delegate, Mr. chairman. My name is John Reed, I write for the magazine the masses, and I want to know if the socialist party is gonna organize demonstrations...

I'm sorry, Mr. Reed. You have no credentials here.

Now, this floor is reserved for delegates, not journalists.

Mr. chairman, is the socialist party prepared to take a position on the draft or not? Hey, shut up!

I'm sorry, Mr. Reed. You have no credentials.

Let him speak, will you?

Mr. Reed, you're getting into party politics, eh?

I'm just trying to be a journalist. Mr. chairman...

So is trotsky. Let us see what happens in Russia.

Why don't you join the socialist party? We need good people like you.

Big things are happening in Russia.

As appalling as it may seem to see socialists supporting bloodshed, I can understand the necessity of supporting one's government during times of war.

The task that confronts us is a giant!

In that, we must continue our opposition!

We have to give this dog a name. Well, she has a name.

What's the matter with her name?

I can't find anything in this house. I'm not going to call a dog "dog."

I suppose if she were a baby, you'd wanna call her "person."

Not really. I think I might wanna call her "Jack."

No. No. Bad.

See, now this is why I can't find anything.

You put things anywhere.

Dog! Dog!

She's still not housebroken.

You got to grab her when she squats like that, and then take her outside. That's right.

And then when she goes, you've got to give her a reward.

All right. Now, stay, dog.

Are we having garlic for dinner, honey?

No, no, no.

Why? Why, do you think I'm using too much garlic?

I thought I'd put a little in the sauce.

Garlic doesn't bother me.

That's from gene. Sorry. I didn't mean to read it.

I didn't realize what it was.

He gave it to me in October. I haven't seen him since.

You don't have to explain. I'm not explaining.

I'm just telling you it's over. Louise, look.

I don't expect you to tell me everything you do.

What about if you tell me something, just tell me the truth?

Jack, I haven't seen him. Don't do that, Louise.

Don't tell me that gene gave you a love poem six or seven months ago, but you put it in a book and you haven't seen him since.

I don't care whether you've seen him or not.

I just care about dishonesty. Oh, I see.

You don't care that I had an affair with another man, you just care about dishonesty? Look who's being dishonest.

You care. You care so much, you won't even talk about it.

You won't even mention... Wanna talk? I'll talk about it.

You want to be honest about it?

If I didn't wanna be honest about it, do you think I'd be silly enough to leave a poem he gave me lying around in the house in a book of Walt Whitman?

Why not Whitman?

I'm sure gene would feel right at home in that company.

Oh, no. You don't care.

Why the hell should I care that you slept with somebody else?

Do you think I haven't?

I don't think we have to report to each other every time we go to bed with somebody. It doesn't mean anything.

It doesn't mean that I love you any less.

Do you love me any less 'cause you went to bed with gene?

What difference does it make?

I just don't think we should lie about it. That's all.

Who? What do you mean, "who?"

Who was it? Who was what?

Who was it?

What do you want, a list? It doesn't mean anything.

Louise.

Louise.

What are you doing? I'm not sure.

I wanna know where you're going. I don't want to talk about it.

Well, I wanna talk about it. You said it all, Jack.

What? What did I say now that we both haven't said 100 times?

Please forward my mail to John k. Wheeler, Wheeler bell syndicate.

I'll have someone pick up the rest of my things in the morning.

Didn't we say that people had to give each other freedom if they were gonna live together? We said a lot of things.

I thought we weren't going to be possessive.

I thought you loved me! Who says I don't?

You love yourself! Me, you fuck!

When you're not fucking other people, that is!

Freedom? You mean I should just be like you and not give a damn, is that...

Is that what fucking gene means? You don't give a damn about us?

I'm not packing my bag. I wanna know where you're going.

Get out of my... Where you going?

Get out of my... You're not going...

Get away! Get out of my way.


How many were there? Come on, Louise.

You don't know the first thing about what living together means.

Go ahead. I know where you're going.

I thought you needed someone to share your life with. But I was wrong.

As long as you get your two shots of limelight every day.

You don't need a thing.

You go to hell! Both of you!


It could possibly have been a matter of prestige, you know, to say that you had an affair with Louise Bryant.

I haven't been spared the legends about men that are supposed to have had affairs with me, because I was known by name.

Affairs which never occurred at all.

It's very difficult to tell, you know.

Do you know there is nothing more bewildering than when you get a letter from a loony who says, "that marvelous week we spent in venice."

Yeah. And it happens about every two years.

Yes. It's most extraordinary.

One day, I was out walking with my aunt in Portland.

And she was quite something. She was six feet tall.

And I said to her, "what is all this ado about Louise?

"What do you think of her, aunt belle?"

She said, "well, she had something that just appeals.”

That's my story.

How you feeling? Oh, better.

Here you are. Oh. Thanks, Harry.

Thanks.

Well, we got it out just in time.

But since god only knows what condition the one you've got left is in, you better treat it well.

That means, tell that goddamn eastman you got to be in bed by midnight.

If you get an infection now, that's it! Absolutely no salt!

"Dear Jack, I'm relieved you're feeling so well again.

"I talked to a specialist here in Paris.

"And he said you can lead a perfectly normal life.

"I hope you're not neglecting your writing.

"Getting caught up in things you can't afford."

"Dear Jack, I'm enclosing a piece I've written

"on a volunteer ambulance driver

"from the New York City police department.

"Also, please don't keep asking me if you can come over here.

"It just makes me think you have no..."

"Dear Jack, yes, Wheeler's very happy with my work.

"Life here is so hectic and exhilarating that I don't have a minute..."

"Dear Jack, don't worry, I'm well.

"My only problem is keeping up with Wheeler's demands for more stories.”

"Serial newsletter under the heading, 'i etters from France.'

"please don't mention this to anyone.

"I promised Wheeler I wouldn't say anything to you."

"Dear Jack, I feel I've really grown through my work for Wheeler, "and there's no reason to worry about my being here alone.” Bolsheviks, Sandy. The bolsheviks!

Jesus Christ, if the bolsheviks get in, Sandy, you can just bend right over and kiss your ass goodbye.

Because they'll pull Russia right out of the war.

Right off the eastern front. They quit, that's all.

Pete, the bolsheviks are small potatoes.

Russia isn't gonna get out of the war.

You want to walk down the champs-elysées someday and see 500,000 krauts come barreling out of fouquet's?

You better hope that the bolsheviks are small potatoes.

Now, let's have another drink. Waiter!

Waiter, another round here.

Hey! Oh, god. It's red Emma, Jr.!

Hey, come over here!

Speak up, Pete, speak up. They can't hear you in the next room.

How are you, Jack? Good to see you.

God. You look 20 pounds lighter since you lost that kidney.

Oh, yeah? I bet you only piss about half as much.

Yeah, but twice as often. Sarsapairilla.

Jack, can the bolsheviks overthrow kerensky?

Okay. Why don't you ask an impartial observer?

Goddamn it, Jack. What the hell you got against this war anyway?

Shit, why don't you bury the hatchet with Wilson?

Get back into print so we can all read some decent writing, you know.

I'll drink to that. You'll drink to anything.

Well, that's right, too. It's good to see you.

Jesus Christ. It's good to see you. Goddamn, how's Louise?

Not so good.

She's good. Tell her from me that I said that John Wheeler wouldn't know a story if it fell right on top of him.

I'll tell you. Hey, Jack, what are you doing?

What the hell are you doing? You're driving them crazy.

You realize that?

They think you're some kind of goddamn German!

I love it! Goddamn, I love it!

Give them hell, Jack. Give them hell.

Is that a sarsaparilla with ice? Yeah, thanks.

You bet your sweet patoosie, that's sarsaparilla with ice.

Why wouldn't John Wheeler know a story if it fell on him?

John Wheeler's a dumbbell, that's why.

No, he's all right.

I just hate to see Louise get hurt. That's all.

What are you talking about?

Jesus Christ.

Don't tell her that I told you. All right?

Told me what?

Well, Ben Parsons told me that Wheeler had to let her go because she hadn't turned anything in that he could use, other than some story about a cop that went over there to drive a police department ambulance.

He let her go? Fired her.

When did you hear that? A couple of weeks ago.

No, it was a month. More than a month and a half ago.

Oh, look, Jack, Wheeler's a goddamn moron.

Tell her she shouldn't feel ashamed about being fired.

I'm gonna see you later, huh? Jack, what's the matter?

Hell, we've all been fired. I've been fired.

Hell, I'll drink to it.

Imagine, 65 million go to war. Right?

10 million die.

10 million become orphans.

20 million become maimed, crippled, or wounded.

You had catastrophe in Europe.

You had a holocaust in Europe.

You had a desire for change.

Who can stop them when there was such a revolutionary sentiment? Huh?

Who could stop them?

You know, I think I'm gonna have to get a new typewriter...

What are you... “What?

You look fine. Are you all right now?

Oh, god, yes. Nobody needs two kidneys.

The second one's just for show.

Sorry, this isn't a very good time.

They're moving me to another communications center.

So, I'm just not going to be able to talk to you right now, Jack.

Could we just go out here a second? Just for a second?

Look, I'm on my way to Russia. Oh, really? Have you enlisted?

Very funny.

I know you're doing work here that's good, 'cause I read the ambulance piece and I thought that was good.

Thank you. And I know you're working on your book and I know how important that is to you.

But you got to have enough sense if you're trying to build up your reputation as a journalist, to be in the right place at the right time.

I appreciate your advice. Well, the place to be now is Russia.

Thank you. I'll remember that. Louise, it's chaos. They can't last.

They're in their third provisional government in six months.

You know what that means? It means there might be another revolution.

The exiles are all coming back. The Jews, the anarchists, the socialists.

All of them are going back, only this time it might be the real thing.

And if they have a real workers' revolution in Russia, they'd have one in Germany, and if they had one in Germany, it could happen all over the world. Got a match?

Louise, that'd be the end of the war.

You don't have to tell me what's happening in Russia.

I read the papers. Well, come with me.

As a colleague, I'm not talking about anything else.

Come with me as a colleague. You ought to be in petrograd.

Oh, yeah? Well, that's what you said about New York!

I was right about New York. No, I have work I'm doing here.

And I happen to think my work is...

It is important. But it's not important as what you could be doing in Russia.

I wanna work together. As partners.

I don't want a partner. And if I wanted to go to Russia, I'd go alone.

I wouldn't need you to take me. Louise.

Russia is not the safest place in the world for a woman to be alone.

You may be a hell of a journalist. But that doesn't mean...

Louise, we'd better hurry along.

So, moving you out of here, huh?

Yes. I've been promised an interview with general plumer.

Well, I've got to run along myself.

Sorry I don't have any time. No. I don't want to keep you.

I just... Look, the seat's already reserved.

You've wasted your money, Jack. I don't want it.

Change the date. Go by yourself. You can use it whenever you want to.

Keep up the good work.

Jack.

Good luck.

Yeah, you, too.

Got a taxi waiting.


Jack! Jack Reed!

Joe, Joe volski. How are you?

On, fine, fine. Are you going to petrograd, too?

Yes. Yeah. Fine. Wonderful!

Great things are happening. Are you traveling by yourself?

I think I am. Well, then I'll switch.


We met in Chicago.

Boy, oh, boy. Were you a speaker!

You don't remember me, eh?

Well, it's not that.

Maybe I just... maybe it's the hat. My hat?

Yeah. Maybe I just don't recognize you in this particular hat.

Oh, then I'm a revolutionary returning in disguise.

Well, comes the revolution, I'll buy you a new hat.

I see you're studying Russian. Yeah. I'm trying to.

Know what?

What? I mean, ask me anything you want in Russian.

Thank you. I'll keep that in mind.

Let's see...

Excuse me. Excuse me, now here's the thing.

I'd be a goddamned fool not to take you up on this offer. So, here's what I want.

I want to sign my own name to my own stories and I don't want to use a double byline.

I want to be responsible for my own time and my own actions.

I want to be referred to as miss Bryant, and not as Mrs. Reed, and I want to keep an account of every cent we spend so that I can pay you back.

Now, I assume you know that I'm not going to sleep with you, so just don't confuse the issue by bringing it up.

That's it.

Fine. Good.

You like salami?

He says, "wait a minute, I have to go back.

"I forgot my teeth on the table."

He says, "hell with your teeth!

"What do you think, they're bombarding with sandwiches?"

After the revolution, you'll buy me a new hat.

Thank you very much. I'll keep you by your word.

By the way, did you hear this one? A man...

Then asks, "why do you let your beard grow?"

He says, "I want to remember what I ate yesterday."

This is a hard word, but it means "I don't smoke."

Okay.

"Are you one of the family?" He said, "no. That's why I'm crying."

There's a foreman of a logging camp, he's trying to hire a crew.

You know, and he goes down a long line of very big men and he gets to a little man in the back and he says, "who the hell are you? What're you doing here?

"Don't you know that I need men who can chop down dozens of trees a day?

"Where the hell have you ever worked before?"

And the little man says, "well, I worked in the Sahara forest."

And the foreman says, "you mean the Sahara desert."

And the little man says, "yes, sure, now!"

A woman knocks at the door of her neighbor.

I didn't tell you that?

She says, "my husband just died. I want to sell his jacket."

He says, "what's the matter with the pants?"

She says, "the pants, I wear."

The Russian border.

The Russian border.


He's already fighting for three months.

Now he joined the bolsheviks and he's not going to fight anymore.

I don't think he's afraid. There are many bolsheviks in the army.

And the bolsheviks will stop the war.

He's 14 years old.


The communists obviously wanted peace. Rightly so.

Because the country was completely unable to sustain a war.

There was treason and there was corruption.

There was everything under the sun.

But certainly... There was certainly no possibility of conducting a war.

Kerensky was anxious to conduct it, produce some battalions of women who were going to go and fight.

Jack Reed!

Alex, what the hell are you doing here?

You have someone to meet you? No.

Then what luck I am here!

Lois? Yes.

Alex gomberg.

Looking for accommodation? No. Just a hotel.

More good luck. I know of an empty apartment.

You have transportation? No problem. Follow me.

A lot of people had an idea that utopia was growing up.

I could not blame them for being pro-bolshevik, but I wasn't.

The one person who was awfully ignorant about Russia was Beatrice webb. Yes, she was.

She didn't know a thing.

Do not be misled by the quiet in the streets.

Underneath is great tension.

Alex, how much time has the kerensky government got left?

Any day now, the bolsheviks will strike.

Fantastic, isn't it?

A quiet street, and yet we are in the heart of petrograd.

Give him four rubles.

Jack, Lois. Lucky for you, I am here.

Yeah. Thanks. Thanks again.

Only one bed? That's a double.

Single. That's a single! This is where I'll...

This is good for me. I can just...

Good.

I don't mind this at all.

He's calling for an insurrection, isn't he?

Day and night. Day and night.

"Another insurrection will ruin Russia."

"Another insurrection will save Russia."

"The war is ruining Russia."

"Without england or France, Russia will be isolated."

"The bolsheviks are ruining Russia."

Lois, lucky for you, I am here.

Louise.

This is the line for bread. Yes.

There's another line for boots.

And there is still another line for cards on which they'll get the boots in two, three months.

Did we have to get rid of the czar to stand in line for bread?

What does that mean? I don't know.

Vosstanie means "insurrection," and "kerensky" means "kerensky," and bolsheviki means bolshevik.

So I think it calls for an insurrection by the bolsheviks against the kerensky government and the kornilovtsy.

What's a kornilovisy? Louise, I'm not that fluent in Russian.

Look, if they buy this, they're gonna cut you down to 400 or 500 words, aren't they?

That starts out like you got 5,000. Where would you cut?

I'd lose this. I'd lose this.

But what's your lead?

Oh, I know what you think. You think the strongman line.

Well, I just don't know if you're gonna take anybody's breath away with that for a lead. You know?

You're right. It's too long, it's too general.

And the strongman line is the best lead.

You've been right about something else, too.

The bolsheviks will take Russia out of the war.

Good night. Night.

“In the streets the talk is of peace and bread.

"Neither of which kerensky has provided.”

"Everybody knows that something is going to happen, "but nobody knows just what."

Yes?

I'm sorry, I don't speak Russian. I'm english.

"Petrograd does not sleep.

"At night, the arguments grow louder and the crowds thicken."

"Nobody is satisfied with kerensky.

"The far right wants a strongman, the far left wants peace.

"Everyone waits to see what the bolsheviks will do."

"It is not easy to write fairly about the bolshevik leader Lenin.

"He is absorbed, cold, impatient of interruptions.” You're editorializing here. I never editorialize.

At the end. You're right. Cut it.

What I don't understand is...

Why did you take out the piece about the gunshot? It was very good.

It is good, isn't it? Yeah.

Put it back in for me.

Mr. zinoviev, do you still feel that the timing is wrong for a bolshevik insurrection?

"I interviewed zinoviev at smolny.

"He'd been in hiding with Lenin."

Had another whole decade, less than a day.

"His style is still that of a man in hiding.

"We hear trotsky speak at smoliny.

"If Lenin represents thought, trotsky represents action.

"He is essentially an agitator."

"The meeting hall at smolny was packed. At one point, "someone in the platform asked the comrades not to smoke, "and everybody, including the smokers took up the cry, "don't smoke, comrades!' And then they went on smoking."

"At the point trotsky said, 'we are trying to avoid insurrection, "but if the kerensky government attacks us, "we shall answer blow by blow, '

"the audience broke into wild cheers.”

“Lenin is a strange popular leader, a leader purely by virtue of intellect.

"Colorless, humorless, uncompromising, "he seems to have none of trotsky's force of personality

“or his gift for phrasemaking, and yet it is Lenin who is the architect.” Kerensky is some socialist, huh?

"The winter palace of the czar, where kerensky's government holds office, "is vast and magnificent...” "It is quiet in the winter palace.

"There's no sign here of the strikes and lockouts

"that convulse Moscow and Odessa.

"No evidence that transportation is paralyzed, "that the army is starving and in the big cities, there is no bread.”

"Kerensky is full of old-world manners and charm, totally unlike Lenin."

“Provisional government will last, ' kerensky said during the interview, "in spite of the bolsheviks."

"He seemed bitter, defensive."

900,000 men deserted since January the 1st.

That's 14% of the Russian army. I...

I'm sort of braising the cabbage. 'Cause I thought it'd be a nice change.

You know that house where Rhys Williams is staying?

Evidently, the banker's daughter came home in hysterics the other night, 'cause some woman streetcar conductor called her "comrade."

So after dinner, they all voted they preferred the Germans to the bolsheviks by 10-to-one.

Anyway, the social revolutionaries asked the British ambassador to please not to mention their visit, because they were already considered too far to the right.

And you know, it's the same group of people you couldn't even see a year ago, 'cause they were too far to the left.

Karsavina is dancing tonight.

And, oh, Manny komroff says that Charlie chaplin will be...

Jack...

Thanks for bringing me here.

Will they strike?

Do you speak english?

Do you speak english?

Do you speak english?

Do you speak english?

Do you speak english? Yes.

Will they strike?

New York? Yes.

You know broome street? Yes!

I know, but can you tell me what he's saying?

I lived there four years. Really? What's he...

What is he saying?

Can you tell me what he's saying?

He says don't strike. He says it's not right to leave our Russian soldiers at front without guns.

You are a long way from New York.

He says that our Russian soldiers at the front are also strike.

That is why they're leaving the front.

What's that?

He said that the workers of england, France and America will be left alone to fight Germany.

Tell him he doesn't know how many workers you lived in New York. Tell him that.

You are right, American.

Go ahead, you speak.

Go ahead.

Tell them about your American workers.

No, I can't speak here, I don't have any credentials to speak here.

I'm an American... Credentials? What credentials?

Everyone has credentials here.

He ask you to speak.

Speak. I translate.


I only want to say that if you strike, the American workers will not feel betrayed.

They're waiting for your example.

They're waiting for your leadership.

If you refuse to support the capitalist war machine, they will follow your example.

And if workers of the world stand together, the war can be stopped.

They support you and will join you in revolution!


Then, comrades, come rally and the last fight let us face the internationale unites the human race then, comrades, come rally and the last fight let us face the internationale unites the human race that's how it goes.

Porter!

Confiscate it.

I'll take it with me to Washington on Wednesday.

On whose authority?

The authority of the Attorney General.

All right, pack it up.

Attorney General? Attorney General of the United States.

That's upside down.

Louise! Max!

How are you?

Max. Hi!

Hi!

Oh, god, Louise. You look good!

God, whatever you've been doing, you ought to bottle it.

Oh, thank you.

He's gonna write a great book, Max, and I'm gonna lecture while he's doing it so we can have something to live on.

And he's gonna write wherever I'm lecturing.

And then we're gonna go back to croton and he's gonna help me edit my collection of articles on women in the revolution, and then we're gonna help edit each other's books.

No more separations. We've really promised each other, Max.

We're really going to get down to living our own lives.

It's so moving. God, Max, you should've been there!

Well, they took my notes. Every goddamn note I have for my book.

Can they do that?

Welcome home. Let's go.

Come on, come on. We'll get your notes back.

You'll write your book.

A lot's been happening. Now what the hell is going on here, Jack?

I understand you and Louise have decided to be happy?

It's a very difficult situation for a country who is conducting a war, when one of its allies has a revolution and the government is changed.

The thing that made the furor was that the Russians withdrew, and we lost an ally.

We thought the Russians had gone back on us.

The bolshevik revolution, at the time, was the most single striking event in the history of the times, of the whole era.

The complete transformation of Russian society, and the taking over by the peasants and the workers of the machinery of the state.

It never had happened before in history.

You're a grand old flag you're a high flying flag and forever and e'er may you wave you're the emblem of the land I love the home of the free and the brave every heart beats true for the red, white and blue where there's never a boast or brag should auld acquaintance be forgot keep your eye on the grand old flag over there is not till 1918.

Over there, over there send the word, send the word over there that the yanks are coming...

You know that one.

But the other one after grand old flag, or before, was I'm a yankee doodle dandy.

I'm a yankee doodle dandy yankee doodle...

Real live nephew of my uncle Sam born on the 4th of July I've got a yankee doodle sweetheart she's my yankee doodle joy yankee doodle went to London just to ride the ponies I am the yankee doodle boy that was a big hit.

Do you believe in god? I beg your pardon?

It's a simple question, miss Bryant. Now do you want me to repeat it?

I'm sorry, for a moment I thought you asked me if I believed there's a god.

That is precisely what I asked you.

I see. Well, I have no way of knowing.

Are you a Christian?

I was christened in the catholic church.

Well, are you a Christian now? I suppose I am.

Do you believe in our lord Jesus Christ?

I believe in the teachings of Christ. Am I being tried for witchcraft?

Miss Bryant, tell me, are there no decent, god-fearing christians among the bolsheviks?

Does one have to be god-fearing and Christian to be decent?

Senator, the bolsheviks believe that it's religion, particularly christianity, that's kept the Russian people back for so many centuries.

Miss Bryant... If any of you'd ever been to Russia and seen the peasants, you might think they had a point.

On the subject of decency, senator, the bolsheviks took power with the slogan, "an end to the war."

Within six months, they made good their promise to the Russian people.

Now, the present president of the United States of America went to this country in 1916, on a "no war" ticket.

Within six months, he'd taken us into the war, and 115,000 young Americans didn't come back.

If that's how decent, god-fearing christians behave, give me atheists anytime.

By the way, senator overman, in Russia, women have the vote, which is more than you can say for this country.

Miss Bryant, do you advocate a Soviet government for this country?

No. In this country I don't think it would work.

In other words, you mean the red scare?

They got scared, or we got scared?

No, we didn't get scared.

They were afraid that the unions would grow in strength.

A radical movement in America. They were scared.

Oh, sure.

The Americans, they were frightened to death by it, you know.

That it could occur here.

Sure. Everybody was in mortal dread of the government descending on them.

The FBI or whatever it was, don't you know.

We had to expose them.

And once they told American people what communism was...

People won't have nothing to do with communism now.

They know what it is.

But then, they didn't know. It was a new thing.

Public opinion was solidly against anyone who had a good word for the Russian revolution.

But Louise was always communicating what she had experienced.

I brought blankets, here, and a heavy coat, here.

Chase and sanborn.

Gloves.

Thank you, Jack. Everyone else brought me hats.

And Louise sends you her best and this.

A scarf. Very kind.

I'm afraid your time is up.

Well, we're going to keep fighting this.

Will you tell Max I'd like a picture of myself in the magazine?

And under it, I would like the words, "deported in 1919.

"The government of the most powerful country in the world

"1s afraid of this woman."

We're going to get you back, e.G.

The revolution needs you. We're gonna get you back.

Comrade, I'm not leaving the revolution.

In Russia, I'll be joining it.

I urged the deportation of all alien communists. All alien communists.

It's bad enough having a communist with us, but to have alien communists who are not citizens, denouncing our form of government and our Republic and everything else, they should be deported.

And I led a big fight on that for a long while.

It wasn't a very healthy atmosphere.

So when John Reed came along, well he was a voice of what I love.

He was able to go into the most controversial subject of all, communism, bolshevism.

He was considered one of the rare persons who could do a thing like that.

He knew he was on the threshold of history, and he wrote it that way.

A touch of this... Jack, I'm back!

I'm in here, honey.

I talked to Edmund and Alfred today at liveright's.

What a day it's turned out to be. Stay out, honey! Stay out, stay out.

What are you doing in there? Is everything okay?

Can't I help? No, no, no, no!

Sure smells good. What is it?

Stay out, honey. What did Edmund have to say?

He said in a few weeks the steelworkers will strike.

He thinks at least 200,000 of them, and maybe as many as 300,000.

But he doesn't think there's any stopping them this time.

Yeah? That's good.

You still thinking about doing a piece on it? I am.

Well, I can't really talk now, but what does he say the next step is?

Evidently the federal government's saying the steel organizers are reds.

So what they're doing is forming a bureau of investigation just to look into subversive activity.

And you know, with all this talk about the leadership of the af of I being in cahoots with the steel trust, Alfred asked me if I was still gonna do the piece on the iww.

So I said, "Alfred, for the moment I don't want to go any further away

"than New Jersey." Really?

Oh, that's good. That's good.

Just... Yeah, it is good.

Sit down. I'll just be a minute.

Jack, what are you doing?

How did you leave it with Edmund? He's gonna read the piece on debs.

Okay, the first course.

Yeah? Sit down.

Sit down and close your eyes. Sit down.

Okay.

Oh, my.

My...

Go ahead. Oh.

What do you think?

Really? You serious?

Really? Thank god. I was gonna flambé them out here, but the goddamn things flambeed themselves in the pan.

He was certainly the main inspiration in the development of a revolutionary movement through his history of ten days that shook the world.

Ten days that shook the world was, of course, his masterpiece.

He was there when the bolshevik revolution took place.

And his was the best report of it.

Max eastman had this story that John Reed came down, tousled hair all, you know... And said he was writing a book and not to disturb him for ten days.

And that became ten days that shook the world.

Supposedly.

He was an enormous, enormous success, and this success largely changed his whole life, I think, 'cause he found out there was something that he could do well, do practically better than anyone else.

"Comrades, we have made a great stride forward in our program

"to capture the socialist party for revolution.

"The time of right-wing domination of the party has ended.

"They have fallen before the shining example of revolutionary Russia

"like so many bowling pins!

"Comrades, we have done better than we could have dreamed.

"The left wing has won 12 of the 15 seats

"on the socialist party executive, “including myself, Edmund macalpine and Jack Reed."

He took a tremendous jump forward from there on.

He became a revolutionist on the workers' side, and he had no more illusions about people like Wilson.

We all have problems.

You can't escape having problems, don't you know?

But to take on the problem of all humanity, to save all humanity, my god, that was too big even for Jesus Christ.

Don't you know he got himself crucified?

How the hell do we expect to do those things?

Oh.

Louise. Is that you?

Hello, Harry.

Well, where have you been lately? I haven't seen you in a long time.

That's right. Is this thing gonna last all day?

It might. We've been kicked out.

Kicked out of what? The socialist party.

Wait, wait. Who got kicked out? Everybody in that room.

The executive committee kicked us all out.

The whole left wing? That's right. They nullified the election.

Can they do that? They've done it.

We're the majority. We have the votes.

We weren't expelled by the membership.

We were expelled by the executives.

And you're talking about doing exactly what the executive committee wants us to do.

Give the party back to them without a fight!

Yes! And organize our own party!

Goddamn it, Louis, the socialist party is our own party!

We were voted into power by its membership and we can't be expelled by the executives.

It's an illegal act, and if we fight it at the convention, we'll win.

Why do we have to fight?

What do you mean, "why do we have to fight?"

For what do we stay in a party in which we must win control from the minority, not once, but twice?

Well, what is it, Louis? You mean, if we must fight for what we deserve, then to hell with it? Is that your idea of revolution?

I'd like to hear more about your revolutionary concept, Louis.

My idea of revolution is not a revolution in my own party!

And my idea of a socialist party is not a debating society!

It is a party of action!

Fine! Fine.

The best example we can give them is go to that convention and take control of the party!

No! We form our own party!

And I hope that everybody here who believe in bolshevism will be there that night to help found that party!

All right, but I say you're wrong, and I say that I'm gonna be there at that socialist party convention to take the seat that belongs to me, and I urge everyone here today to be there to take the seats that belong to you!

It's almost like they want to be separated from the masses.

They do want to be separated from the masses. That's the point.

Let's go.

I've been in a minority before.

Hello.

While he liked the draft manifesto, he's a bit nervous about the social-patriot clause.

Excuse me. Tactically, he's gonna be trouble.

Is he gonna bring his people to the convention or not?

The man will talk theory with you all year.

Well, I don't think so. He'll go with fraina.

Isn't that nice? He likes the manifesto. How about carnofsky?

I don't think we're gonna have as much support as we thought, Jack.

We're gonna get in. What did carnofsky say?

Carnofsky said no. I'm telling you, Jack...

Just knowing on our own... Half of fraina's people would come...

Come in! Louise, please keep her quiet, will you?

Hi, Eddie. How can...

Hello, Eddie. Hello, Louise, Ben.

Hey.

Eddie, what about levine?

Eddie? Yeah.

What did levine say? He never showed. He...

I waited over an hour.

Levine didn't show. That doesn't sound like levine.

Sure it does. Where were you meeting?

In Casey's.

Now, that surprises me. That really surprises me.

I could have missed him.

It was really busy in there.

You could have missed him? What's that supposed to mean?

I was late.

How late?

Forty, forty-five minutes.

Nora started spitting up blood again this morning.

I had to take her to the clinic, and I had to wait for my mother to come and pick up the kid.

So you were 45 minutes late.

Yeah. I thought I could make it. I really did.

All right, we gotta get in touch with the guy. How do we do it?

He's on his way to Chicago.

That's one of the reasons I thought he would still be there.

Wait a minute, you thought he'd still be there?

Yeah. Who asked for the meeting, Eddie?

Who asked for the meeting? Who asked for the meeting?

Did levine want the meeting? Yeah, I thought he wanted it.

Did he call us?

No. We called him.

Then why would he wait? We wanted the meeting.

I'm sorry.

Well, why didn't you call one of us and get somebody to take your place?

Because I thought I could make it.

I mean, I thought the man would still be there.

You thought, you thought, you thought. Try not to think too much, Eddie.

Not when your comrades are depending on you.

Be sure.

All right, look.

Do we have a contact for levine in Chicago?

Let's call singer.

Do you have a number for him? Yeah. Well, I've probably got it.

Here.

Thanks.

You know, they might work better if you put something in your stomach besides coffee.

You're a little hard on Eddie, aren't you, under the circumstances?

You think my sympathies can help Eddie's wife?

Might help Eddie.

Listen to me. Building a party will help Eddie.

Four, eight, twelve...

You know, I think we all believe in the same things.

But with us, it's more or less our good intentions.

And with Jack, it's a religion.

Our old friend Jack's getting serious on us.

Okay. Hey, frank, how are you?

How are you?

Excuse me. What's happening here?

No one's admitted without a red card. That's the order of the executive.

Well, I'm on the executive, so is he, so is he...

No one's admitted without a red card. Where do we get the red cards?

You'll have to take that up with the credentials committee.

And where's the credentials committee?

I don't know.

I don't think he wants us to go in there.

Well, the way to take the hall is to take the hall.

Edmund!

Edmund! Jack!

Okay. Let's go. Let's go. Come on, this way!

To propose the agenda, I would like to read a message from the credentials committee to the floor.

May we please have order back there?

In the back of the hall, could we have...

Sergeant-at-arms, would you see what's going on back there?

Ladies and gentlemen, it seems we have a group of intruders who are frying to take over this conference.

We're not going to let them.

Now, please, please sit down. I need these aisles clear.

Sergeant-at-arms, I must have these aisles clear!

Please, everyone, sit down.

Now, these are bolshevik sympathizers who are trying to take over this party, and we're not going to let them.

The police are coming.

These people aren't socialists. These people are just thugs!

Now you see? That is bolshevik tactics!

Come on, delegates. These people are imposters!

They were not elected to the leadership of this party.

Ladies and gentlemen, the police are coming!

You see? The police. “What the hell is this?

That's the only way the executive committee can stay in power, is by the use of the capitalist police.

Flash your red cards!

They'll resort to any tactics to keep the working class away from its true leadership because they're afraid of revolution!

Officers, whoever has no red card does not belong in this room.

Hold up your red cards.

It's all right. We're going. You don't have to throw us out.

If you want to know where the true leadership of the socialist party of America is, it'll be in the basement of this building in five minutes...

Red cards, everybody! And you're welcome to join us.

I want anybody who does not have a red card to be out of this hall.


Comrade chairman, I move that we immediately constitute ourselves as the bona fide communist party, and that we call ourselves the communist labor party of America.

I second that motion!

Well, look, if we're gonna have a really revolutionary party, I think what we have to do is to find out from the American worker what he wants the most and then we have to translate it back to him in terms of the labor movement as a whole.

What we have to do is make him want more.

We have to make him want the whole goddamn revolution.

Those people upstairs think that Karl Marx was somebody who wrote a good antitrust law.

And whether we call our party the socialist labor party or the real socialist communist... Whatever we call the party, it doesn't matter because it...

Hello, Lou, are you lost?

No. I'm not lost. I'm here to tell my friends that the newly-formed communist party of America is meeting at the Russian Federation on blue island Avenue.

We welcome your applications.

They will be judged on an individual basis.

You're gonna judge our applications?

We're gonna apply to you for membership?

Comrade chairman, I'd like to call that question, please.

The motion has been made and seconded that we immediately constitute ourselves as the bona fide communist party and that we call ourselves the communist labor party of America.

All those in favor, please signify by saying aye.

Aye!

Opposed? Motion is carried.

Comrades! Comrades!

Comrades, this is the wrong time to be fighting against one another.

We should be united in our struggle against the capitalists.

You should have thought of that six weeks ago, Louis.

If your people had stayed with us, we'd have had a majority, and we'd be in control of that convention upstairs.

We have five times your membership!

Louis, your arithmetic's something like your politics.

We will be at the Russian Federation on blue island Avenue.

I hope to see some of you there.

Comrade chairman, I move we immediately send a delegate to Moscow to gain recognition by the comintern for the communist labor party of America, and that delegate be Jack Reed. Second the motion!

The motion has been made and seconded to send Jack Reed to Moscow immediately as the international delegate to obtain recognition of the comintern for the communist labor party of America.

All those in favor, please signify by saying aye.

Aye!

Opposed? Motion is carried.

Since the first question I'm going to be asked...

All right, thank you.

All right, comrades, since the first question I'm gonna be asked by the comintern is gonna be about membership eligibility, I think I'm gonna have to be very clear what our position is in relation to the foreign language federation.

I'm gonna have to say exactly what our requirements are as opposed to any other group, and I think we'll have to make it clear on our platform committee and be very clear in the manifesto.

Good luck in Moscow, Jack! Okay, Harry.

Well, I guess you boys think you can run a newspaper without me.

Hello, Jessie.

Good girl.

Hello. Hello.


Let me make it easy for you, Jack. I'm not going with you.

And if you go, I'm not sure I'll be here when you get back.

Louise, you know, the comintern doesn't know Edmund or Alfred from the New York Yankees. They know me.

Somebody's got to go over there who's got a background.

We'd be back by Christmas.

We can't merge with fraina.

We can't deal with him on membership eligibility.

He wouldn't accept half of our people.

The man is gonna do nothing but alienate himself from any potential broad base of support.

He's sociologically isolated, programmatically he's impossible to deal with...

You mean he's a foreigner?

Don't do that, Louise.

Six months ago, you were friends.

These people can barely speak english.

They don't even want to be integrated into American life.

The foreign language federations aren't gonna create bolshevism in America any more than eating borscht will.

Being Russian doesn't make a revolution.

Do you think the American workers are gonna be led by the Russian federations?

Or an insular Italian like Louis fraina?

He has no possibility of leading a revolution in this country.

Unlike you?

I'm just saying that the revolution in this country is not gonna be led by immigrants.

Revolution? In this country? When, Jack? Just after Christmas?

Well, what do you think we could've done with the steel strike if we'd been ready?

30,000 party members all armed with a unified theory and program leading 365,000 steelworkers?

What it takes is leadership.

And we gotta get it by getting recognition from Moscow.

I have to go. You don't have to go.

You want to go. You want to go running all over the world ranting and raving and making resolutions and organizing caucuses.

What's the difference between the communist party and the communist labor party except that you're running one and he's running the other?

I've made a commitment. To what?

To the fine distinction between which half of the left of the left is recognized by Moscow as the real communist party in America?

To petty political squabbling between humorless and hack politicians just wasting their time on left-wing dogma?

To getting the endorsement of a committee in Russia you call the international for your group of 14 intellectual friends in the basement who are supposed to tell the workers of this country what they want, whether they want it or not?

Write, Jack.

You're not a politician, you're a writer.

And your writing has done more for the revolution than 20 years of this infighting can do, and you know it.

You're an artist, Jack.


Don't go.

Don't run away from what you do the best.

Jack.

I'll be back by Christmas.


I'm going into the city. When do you leave?

Tomorrow.

I see. I'll be back by Christmas.

Will you be here?

I don't know. I'll see you when I see you.

Here. Your passport and papers. Your name's James gormley.

Go now!


Well, Mrs. Reed. Sit down.

What can I do for you?

Hello, gene. How are you?

Fine. And you?

I'm fine.

Sit down.

How's Jack? He's fine. He's in Russia.

Is he? Yes.

He's trying to get recognition from the comintern for the communist labor party.

You see, they've split into two different factions.

And you? Left alone with your work again?

No.

Well, actually, yes, but my work is different now.

I do a lot of lecturing about what I saw in Russia.

Ah, yes, Russia.

Russia's been good for you and Jack.

Given you a way to meet people, given him a reason to leave home.

Russia.

Russia.

Are you really that cynical, or are you angry with me?

I'm really that cynical. Why would I be angry with you?

Gene, if you'd been to Russia, you'd never be cynical about anything again.

You would have seen people transformed. Ordinary people.

Louise, something in me tightens when an American intellectual's eyes shine and they start to talk to me about the Russian people.

Walit... Something in me says, "watch it.

"A new version of Irish catholicism is being offered for your faith."

It's not like that. And I wonder why a lovely wife like Louise Reed who's just seen the brave new world is sitting around with a cynical bastard like me instead of trotting all over Russia with her idealistic husband.

It's almost worth being converted.

Well, I was wrong to come.

You and Jack have a lot of middle-class dreams for two radicals.

Jack dreams that he can hustle the American working man, whose one dream is to be rich enough not to have to work, into a revolution led by his party.

And you dream that if you discuss the revolution with a man before you go to bed with him, it'll be missionary work rather than sex.

I'm sorry to see you and Jack so serious about your sports.

It's particularly disappointing in you, Louise.

You had a lighter touch when you were touting free love.

Boy, you've become quite the critic, haven't you, gene?

Just leaned back and analyzed us all.

Duplicitous women who tout free love and then get married, power-mad journalists who join the revolution instead of observing it, middle-class radicals who come looking for sex and then talk about Russia.

It must seem so contemptible to a man like you who has the courage to sit on his ass and observe human inadequacy from the inside of a bottle.

Well, I've never seen you do anything for anyone.

I've never seen you give anything to anyone, so I can understand why you might suspect the motives of those who have.

But whatever Jack's motives are, how...

I seem to have touched a wound.

You're a wounding son of a bitch, and whatever I've done to you, you've made me pay for it.

Louise.


Jessie!

Hey, Jess, come on! Come here, Jess.

Jessie, come here.

Jessie.


Jessie?

Jessie?

On! Good evening.

By the order of the Attorney General of the United States, a. Mitchell Palmer, I have a warrant here for the arrest of one John Silas Reed.

Look upstairs, frank.

Arrest for what? Sedition.

Where is he? What do you mean by sedition?

Lady, don't ask me. Ask woodrow Wilson.

Just tell me where he is.

I don't suppose there's a chance of you being a bolshevik agitator, is there?

Why don't you just look around, and see how agitated you get?

In 1919, there were no more than four or five Americans who got info Russia because the country was surrounded on all sides.

You were actually forbidden to go, and you could only go illegally.

It was very dangerous to go through Finland.

Because the Finns were a white government, and they were bitterly opposed to the reds.

They decided to strangle the revolutionary bolshevik infant in its cradle.

And 16 armies went into Russia from the east and from the west, for the purpose of wiping out the bolsheviks and wiping out the revolution and restoring Christian civilization to its rightful place.


Speak english.

Have a lemon. You won't see one for a long time.

Thank you. I just want to know if you think that I was clear in what I said about... Eminently clear.

Salt?

Salt? For the lemon.

Thank you.

I see you eat the peel with the lemon.

Fights the scurvy. So does the onion.

Together, they fight better.

You see, what I really wanted to do was ask your frank opinion whether we...

You think we'll get the endorsement from the committee.

I ask unofficially, of course. Unofficially?

Unofficially, I don't know.

Yeah, well, it's such a...

It's a peculiarly American problem and I...

You do think I was clear? Quite clear.

In this case, however, clarity does not necessarily guarantee endorsement.

Well, I don't know. In this case, I think perhaps it might.

You know, in fact, I don't...

What I really want to do is to make a detailed report for the executive committee to read on conditions in America.

You see, I'd like to deal in that report with the entire history of the American federation of labor.

I'd like to deal with its support of the war, you see.

And I'm gonna talk about the persecution of the iww, I'm gonna deal with the rise of the patrioteering societies, and the capitulation of leading socialists.

I'm gonna... am I speaking too quickly? No, no. Go on.

And so I will deal with the rising militancy of American labor.

I'll talk about the general strikes in Seattle and winnipeg, the Boston police strike.

I'm gonna discuss the plumb plan, and particularly the attitude and the policies of the af of I and iww toward them.

Now, after that, I think it's important...

Comrade Reed, the executive committee of the comintern has decided against endorsing either the communist labor party or the communist party of America, and instructs the two parties to merge forthwith.

Sit here, comrade Reed.

This time, your usual chair, as you can see, is now occupied by your detailed report on American conditions.

A most penetrating study. Very, very clear.

Thank you.

Obviously, it wasn't clear enough.

Comrade radek, I think there must have been some mistake about my travel arrangements about my return to the United States.

Well, it seems as if I've been asked to report to the propaganda bureau.

That is right.

Comrade Reed, the executive committee has decided you are very much needed at the propaganda bureau.

We plan for you to remain in Soviet Russia until July.

You're very welcome to the bureau of propaganda.

Well, thank you very much, but I thought that these travel arrangements had been made.

I have to get to the Latvian or the Finnish border.

And to which border would you suggest, comrade Reed?

Well, I understand that train travel is very dangerous at the moment...

Why does he need a train?

Because I have urgent personal considerations and responsibilities in the United States and I... Of what nature?

Excuse me? Of what nature?

I have a family. We all have families.

Well, I can speak only for myself and I must see my wife.

It's very urgent, and I ask only for a single place on a train.

But you have a place on the train!

You have a place on the train of this revolution.

You have been like so many others, the best revolutionaries.

One of the engineers on the locomotive of this train that pulls this revolution on the tracks of historical necessity laid out for it by the party.

You can't leave us now. We can't replace you.

What right do you have to leave... I'm not sure.

To do what? To see your wife?

Last year at the international congress I learned that my son was very ill of typhus.

I didn't go to see my son because I knew I was needed where I was placed by the party.

What you don't understand is...

Would you like to abandon this moment in your life?

Would you ever get this moment again?

I am not abandoning the revolution! Comrade Reed, you're a writer.

People know and respect your work.

You speak with authority of feeling. Comrade zinoviev, for the past eight weeks, I've been completely unable to communicate with my wife or with my comrades in the United States.

I need to go back. I would like your help.

Comrade Reed, you can always go back to your private responsibilities, so can I.

You can never, never come back to this moment in history.

I'm sorry.

I have no right to tell you about your own life.

You know it better than I do.


Maybe it was impossible to get out of Russia.

There was white armies all arouna, so escape was not dreamt of.


We had a communication from Jack.

He was in prison in Finland where he couldn't communicate freely.

But he got word out to me to take a message to Louise.

And I remember walking over to Louise, she lived right near me.

I walked over to Louise's apartment on patson place, and spent an evening with her talking about Jack, and she talked very earnestly about Jack's plight.

Mrs. Reed, the United States cannot involve itself in the internal affairs of Finland.

Are you trying to tell me the American consul can't give you any information? I'm afraid that there's nothing that the state department can do. Don't give me that garbage.

If his name were rockefeller, there'd be something you could do.

Mrs. Reed, if your husband's name were rockefeller, I think he would hardly be under indictment for a conspiracy to overthrow the United States government.

He has only one kidney. He could be dangerously ill.

That is a chance that your husband took, Mrs. Reed, when he left the United States without an exit visa or a passport.

Good day, Mrs. Reed.

The United States participated with the allies in military expeditions against the Soviet union in an attempt to overcome them, invade them, and set up another government. Oh, yes. Yes.

There was a noose to be pulled around Russia which gave you an idea of how a whole country can be surrounded east west, south, and north.

Your name, and the name of your contact in Finland.

Your name, and the name of your contact in Finland.

I don't know what color...

I'll just get it myself.

Would you get some... Would you like us to do it now?

Okay. Oh, okay.

All right. I understand.

From the top?

Oh, I see. Then they made a map.

Terry spoke to me.

Louise, I don't think you realize how difficult this trip to be for a woman.

You'd have to stow away.

If you got there at all, it would take you six months to...

Terry said that he thought that you could arrange a freighter for me as far as Norway. Don't know why you're saying it.

You know what I mean?

Sit down.

I want to talk to you about something.

Indicates the map.

I could go.

I can sign on as a seaman. There'd be no questions asked.

I think under the circumstances...

Don't look at me like that. Jack Reed's a friend of mine.

I'm not gonna let the son of a bitch rot in jail.

Just seemed to me that I'm not as interested...

And at this point...

Okay.

Wasn't he supposed to come over to me on this?

I'll talk to Terry in the morning.

Where the cross is made...

I wish these son-of-a-bitches could act.


Your blood pressure is very high.

They only give me some kind of salted fish.

The blood in your mouth is from the gums.

You have scurvy.

An impressive shade of red, comrade.

Could you send a cable to my wife?


Mr. Reed, I have something for you.

Is there a cable? There's nothing yet.

You should take one of these powders in a glass of water, once a day.

Has she sent word to me here?

They won't say. Our people can find out nothing.


You are being released.

You know, I must tell you, I lost sight of John Reed completely.

But what I heard was the bolsheviki traded some Finnish professors for the release of John Reed.

John Reed.

We are here to welcome you.

Could you take me to the telegraph office?

Yes. Get in. Thank you.

"Louise Bryant, croton-on..."

Hudson.

"Hudson, New York, usa.

"I'm safe. Stop.

"Please contact...” Contact. Please contact.

"Contact petrograd telegraph office. Stop.

"Have received no word from you. Stop.

"Please for... forgive..."

Please forgive Christmas.

"Please forgive Christmas. Stop. Love, Jack."

Could you send that right away?

Comrade Lenin said he would trade, for John Reed, fifty professors.

"Louise Bryant, croton-on-Hudson, "New York, usa."

Usa. "Usa. Immediate.” Immediate return... "Immediate return...” United States... " United States...” Impossible. " ..Impossible."

Louise Bryant, croton... Croton.

"Croton-on..." Croton-on-Hudson.

"Croton-on-Hudson, New York, usa.

"Still no word from you. Stop. Have no fixed address. Stop."

“Louise Bryant. Croton-on-Hudson, New York, usa.

"Must know, are you well? Stop."

"“Do not..." Do not understand.

"Do not understand why no word from you. Stop."

“Louise Bryant. Croton-on-Hudson, New York, usa.

"Need...” - need word.

"Need word from you. Stop. Do not understand your silence. Stop"

"Louise Bryant. Croton-on-Hudson, "New York, usa." Did you check r-e-a-d?

Yes. Yes.

And you checked r-e-i-d also?

I have looked r-e-i-d, r-e-a-d, r-e-d. I have looked Goldman and Bryant.

I'm just... excuse me. One second.

If, if...

I thought maybe there's some other way of misspelling the name.

You also looked under r-e-i-d? Yes, comrade Reed.

Yes, yes. What do you want? There's many people wait.

Excuse me. If something come, we'll notify you.

What have you heard?

Not much. What have you heard?

I don't hear. I Walt. They've jailed more anarchists.

But they made bill shatoff head of the siberian railway.

Well, that's wise. There's so much I don't understand.

There are forests within easy reach of petrograd.

Why is this city freezing?

I asked zinoviev.

He said our enemies have destroyed all the means of transportation and killed off our horses as well as our men.

How would we get at it?

I said, "what about the people of petrograd?

"They could go there together on foot and haul the wood back with ropes."

He said, "oh, yes, it would make the people warmer, "but it would interfere with the carrying out of the main political policy."

You get letters from America, e.G.? Oh, yes.

All opened by the justice department. I hope they enjoy what they read. I don't.

So I asked him, "what are the main political policies?"

He said, "concentration of all power in the hands

"of the proletarian avant-garde.

"The avant-garde of the revolution, which is the communist party."

Anybody mention Louise?

I don't think so. You haven't heard from her?

I've sent her cables, but I don't get any answer.

For how long? A long time.

Wait.

Rhys Williams mentioned her in his letter.

He hasn't heard from her, either.

What'd he say?

I think he said that he'd tried to reach her sometime after Christmas, but she'd left New York.

How long ago was that?

Well, you know how these letters take a couple of months to get here.

By the time I get them, whoever sent it is either in jail or deported.

That's it. “Which?

There. Rhys Williams.

Oh.

First the eyes go, then the legs. Yeah.

Yeah, I don't understand the fuel situation, either.

I don't know...

He says she seems to be out of town.

That's all he said?

Yeah.

What did he say about O'Neill?

O'Neill? Nothing.

Come on, what did he say?

Nothing.

Can I see it?

I'm sorry.

I just don't know where...

Jack, sit down.

If Louise were to come here, she'd have to leave the United States illegally, then live in exile with you, and never go home again.

All for the sake of a revolution she was never any part of.

Why should she?

You chose the life of a revolutionary.

She didn't.

Your cables only focus the justice department's attention on her, and the most seditious thing they can accuse her of is being your wife.

Leave her alone.

Let her choose her own future.

Why hasn't she answered me?

I think she has answered you.


He's been released. They won't tell me where he is.


Do you know, she was much hated for her extravagance in clothes.

Well, a long time ago, somebody said to me, "people who...

"Women whose lives have been in danger

"over a long period are always the most extravagant.” Comrades, as wrong-headed as many of its policies are, the iww is a revolutionary union and the American federation of labor is not.

To think we can infiltrate the American federation of labor and convert it to revolutionary policies is hopeless.

Translation.

Comrades, that's the wrong translation.

That's not what he said.

What's he saying?

For us to make a point on the floor of the congress, we have to go from our own english language into the official German language to the Italian, or Spanish, or French language.

And then, when the response from... What is your question, please?

Simply for the labor union issue, could we have the english language as an official language on the floor of the congress?

Comrade Reed, this is the third time you have raised this proposal!

The issue has been decided.

We must move on to the national and colonial issues!

Real revolutionary workers in the United States quit the af of I a long time ago and joined the ww.

We have to make the Russians understand this, and that's why we want your support to extend the session of congress and to keep the debate open.

Jack, are you okay?

Did you talk to sadoul? Yes, I did.

Comrades, I'm still opposed to closing the discussion here.

I think that this discussion is being closed to avoid hearing the American and the British delegations.

And if for no other reason than that, it shows that discussion should continue.

Comrade radek uses this sort of remark in place of an argument and as a result, he doesn't want to talk about it.

What Reed says is not distinguished by excessive fear of distorting the truth.

He goes on day and night and has the cheek to claim that the discussion is being broken off because of fear of the great might of John Reed.

Comrade Reed, you may have time to discuss it until tomorrow morning.

Other people do not have the time.

Comrade radek, other people that don't have the time for this discussion are 101 leaders of the iww who are in jail today in the United States because of their revolutionary views.

And if we turn our back on these comrades out of some pipe dream to radicalize the American federation of labor which cannot be done, it is a disgrace.

We've discussed this during six sessions of this commission.

We spent whole day today discussing it, and you insinuate we are trying to dismiss the issue?

We haven't had enough discussion...

We haven't had enough discussion for my friend here to realize that Louis fraina and I think alike on this problem.

Every American on our delegation, every man on the english delegation... You are a member of this committee.

You are not an independent political party.

Comrade zinoviev, I will not be steamrollered by this committee that has not had a proper education on this problem.

On the fact...

The discussion is closed.

However, if comrade Reed wishes to make a statement, he will have two minutes to do so.

I would merely want to say that on behalf of the American delegates, that we will refuse to vote on these theses, and that I myself will resign my seat on this committee.


Jack, I think we have to face it.

The dream that we had is dying in Russia.

If bolshevism means the peasants taking the land, the workers taking the factories, Russia's one place where there's no bolshevism.

You know, I can argue with cops, I can fight with generals.

I can't deal with a bureaucrat.

You think zinoviev is nothing worse than a bureaucrat?

The Soviets have no more local autonomy.

The central state has all the power.

All the power is in the hands of a few men and they are destroying the revolution.

They are destroying any hope of real communism in Russia.

They're putting people like me in jail.

My understanding of revolution is not a continual extermination of political dissenters, and I want no part of it.

Every single newspaper's been shut down or taken over by the party.

Anyone even vaguely suspected of being a counter-revolutionary can be taken out and shot without a trial. Where does that end?

Is any nightmare justifiable in the name of defense against counter-revolution?

The dream may be dying in Russia, but I'm not.

It may take some time. I'm getting out.

You sound like you're a little confused by the revolution in action, e.G.

Up to now, you've only dealt with it in theory.

What did you think this thing was gonna be?

A revolution by consensus where we all sat down and agreed over a cup of coffee?

Nothing works.

Four million people died last year.

Not from fighting a war, they died from starvation and typhus in a militaristic police state that suppresses freedom and human rights where nothing works.

They died because of a French, British and American blockade that cut off all food and medical supplies and because counter-revolutionaries have sabotaged the factories and the railroads and the telephones, and because the people, the poor, ignorant, superstitious, illiterate people, are trying to run things themselves, just as you always said that they should, but they don't know how to run them yet.

Did you really think things would work right away?

Did you really expect social transformation to be anything other than a murderous process?

It's a war, e.G., and we gotta fight it like we fight a war, with discipline, with terror, with firing squads, or we just give it up.

Those four million people didn't die fighting a war.

They died from a system that cannot work!

It's just the beginning, e.G.

It's not happening the way we thought it would.

It's not happening the way we wanted it to, but it's happening.

If you walk out on it now, what's your whole life meant?

Could you tell me if my resignation is ready for signature yet?

It is. Good.

May I see it?

Thank you.

Thank you, comrade Reed. Welcome back, comrade Reed.

Now you'll be able to represent the American workers at the forthcoming congress at Baku to inspire revolution among the peoples of the middle east.

Prepare for a difficult trip.

Our only route is through divided territory.


Some of these intellectuals spread rumors that he changed his mind afterwards, trying to, you know,

show that he came to his senses.

It's preposterous.

These men, well, I don't even remember them.

I don't want to remember them.


All trains to Baku canceled because of attacks by counter-revolutionaries.

There must be some train to Baku.

All trains to Baku canceled because of attacks by counter-revolutionaries.

There has to be something to Baku.

Louise?

Emma?

Emma.

Emma.

How in the name of god did you get into Russia?

I had no idea how long it would take. So, you'll wait for a while.

By the time you got there, he'd be back here anyway.

Goon in. Goon in.

Oh, I'm sorry.

It's all right. It's all right.

Here. Louise, sit down. Sit down.

I want to tell you something.

It's late, I know.

I want to thank you for that scarf.

Oh, yes.

I was wrong about you.

So was I.

The American oil companies are trying to establish a world monopoly of oll.

In 1898, the filipinos rebelled against the cruel colonial government of Spain.

But after the spaniards had been driven out...

The Americans have promised the filipinos independence.

Soon an independent Filipino Republic will be proclaimed.

The government of United States sent soldiers and sailors there...

Under a dictatorship worse than the British tyrants.

What's that for?

They are supporting you for your call for a holy war of islamic people against the western infidels.


Excuse me, comrade Reed.

They said you are not happy with the translations of your speech.

I did the German into turkic and comrade ossinsky did the Russian into German.

Russian?

Who turned it into Russian in the first place?

Well, I don't know.

They were already in Russian when we got them from the office of comrade zinoviev.

I'm sorry for my english. Your english is fine, comrade.

Zinoviev, did you do the translations of my speech?

I supervised it. Yes.

I didn't say "holy war." I said "class war."

I took a Liberty of altering a phrase or two.

Yes, well, I don't allow people to take those liberties with what I write.

Aren't you propagandist enough to utilize what moves people most?

I'm propagandist enough to utilize the truth.

And who defines this truth? You or the party?

Is your life dedicated to speaking for...

You don't talk about what my life is dedicated to!

Your life? You haven't resolved what your life is dedicated to.

You see yourself as an artist and at the same time as a revolutionary.

As a lover to your wife, but also as a spokesman for the American classes.

Zinoviev, you don't think a man can be an individual and be true to the collective, or speak for his own country and the international at the same time, or love his wife and still be faithful to the revolution, you don't have a self to give!

Would you ever be willing to give yourself to this revolution?

When you separate a man from what he loves the most, what you do is purge what's unique in him.

And when you purge what's unique in him, you purge dissent. Comrade Reed.

And when you purge dissent, you kill the revolution!

Revolution is dissent!

Comrade Reed. You don't rewrite what I write!

Comrade Reed, counter-revolutionaries!

Counter-revolutionaries, comrade Reed!


Papal

papal


Don't leave me.

Please don't leave me.

Comrade, the doctor would like to see you now.

The doctor thinks that we must do more analysis.

And a picture of his illness will be clearer in a few days.

And he wants you to know that we shall do the best conditions for comrade Reed to prevent possibility of high blood pressure to cause a stroke.

I really... I know...

What?

How are you?

No.

Jack?


You know, I don't... I don't...

You hear it?

Huh? What was that?

The water plays little songs.

It's not December, is it?

My, my, my, my.

God. What a time it was, huh?

Want to come to New York with me? New York?

I got a taxi waiting.

I wouldn't mind.

What as?

What as?

What as?

Gee, I don't know.

Comrades”?

Comrades.

Well, I want to go home.

Yeah.


I'll get you some water.


Oh, god.


It was in the afternoon, sometime in the fall, I think.

October, I think.

Somebody came to tell me that Jack Reed died.

You can imagine how...

How I felt.

I'd forgotten all about them.

Were there socialists?

Many of them were idealists.

You know, things go and come back again.

I don't know what the outside world thought of them.

But they were a couple.

I mean, you always spoke of Louise Bryant and Jack Reed.

He was just a man in the prime of life.

I don't even know. Did they ever have any children?

They probably didn't have any children, he and Louise.

Again, you can't tell, when you have children, whether they will carry on your revolutionary tradition or not.

Why did he do it?

Well, it's impossible to say why Edison invented, or why galli-curci sang...

He was definitely a stirrer-up of people.

That was his field.

That's what he came to do, apparently.

He's well-known amongst a few, but not everybody.

They don't know who in heck he is.

I look for myself to die any day.

He was asked by Lenin, "are you an American?"

He said, "yes."

And Lenin said, "an American American?"

And Reed said, "yes."

Of course, nobody goes with the idea of dying.

Everybody wants to live.

I don't remember his exact words, but the meaning was that grand things are ahead,

worth living and worth dying for.

He himself said that.