We open with a wonderful shot in Paris with a gargoyle in the foreground and the Eiffel Tower in the distance, with streets populated by pedestrians and traversed by few cars. We make our way to the studio of Margaret Dauncey, Sculpteur, who is working atop stairs on an enormous bestial sculpture. Some bearded artistic looking gent is admiring her process, and a closer look at her craftsmanship reveals a figure that bears a similarity to the Greek God Pan.
Artist Susie Boyd, who's been diligently working on a painting in the background, is signing her work entitled "Sunrise on the Seine," but after some consideration decides to change 'sunrise' to 'sunset.'
|Definitely a sunset.|
As Margaret puts the finishing touches on her sculpture, we see the head begin to turn from behind as though it were coming to life, and it becomes clear that the massive head is about to topple. Susie Boyd recognizes it just as we do, but despite her warning, the mammoth head is already falling atop Margaret. What a fabulous and horrific beginning to a film!
|That looks like some dangerous stunt work.|