- 1. Suzy Benner decided
to perfect her ballet studies
- 2. in the most famous
school of dance in Europe.
- 3. She chose the celebrated
academy of Freiburg.
- 4. One day at nine in the morning,
she left the airport of New York,
- 5. and arrived in Germany
at 10:45 p.m. Local time.
- 6. Taxi! Taxi!
- 7. Hey, taxi! Taxi!
- 8. Taxi! Taxi!
- 9. Can you give me a hand?
- 10. Where to?
- 11. Escherstrasse.
- 12. - What?
- 13. What?
- 14. Ah, Escherstrasse.
- 15. Has it rained this hard for long?
- 16. Half an hour.
- 17. Can you wait a minute, please?
- 18. The secret! I saw beyond the door!
- 19. Three irises... turn the blue one!
- 20. Who is it?
- 21. Suzy Benner.
I just got in from New York.
- 22. - I don't know you.
- I have the letter you sent me.
- 23. It's raining hard. Let me in.
- 24. You don't understand!
- 25. Wait! Wait a minute.
- 26. Hello. Anybody there?
- 27. Hello?
- 28. If you're happy with the couch,
you can stay as long as you please.
- 29. Thanks,
but I'm leaving in the morning.
- 30. - I'm going away forever.
- Oh, big deal!
- 31. So what if you've
been thrown out of school?
- 32. I always got kicked out of school,
beginning from kindergarten.
- 33. That's not it. I don't give a damn
about being kicked out.
- 34. Well, then?
- 35. It's useless to explain.
- 36. You wouldn't understand.
- 37. It all seems so... absurd.
- 38. All I can do is get away from here
as soon as possible.
- 39. Would you mind if I used the bathroom?
I'd like to dry off.
- 40. No, of course not. Go ahead.
- 41. Hey! Why don't you close it?
- 42. It was just the wind.
- 43. You sure are in bad shape.
- 44. Tell me all about it.
- 45. The wind!
The windows burst open.
- 46. - I got scared.
- No. That's not it.
- 47. What is it that got you so upset?
- 48. You can tell me about it later.
- 49. Let me in! Pat!
- 50. Pat! Pat!
- 51. Help me! Help me!
- 52. Help me! Help!
There's a murderer!
- 53. Help me! Help!
- 54. No! No! No!
- 55. Open! Help me!
- 56. Help! Help!
- 57. There's a murderer!
- 58. Help me!
- 59. No! No!
- 60. Good morning. Good morning, Daniel.
- 61. - Good morning. May I help you?
- Yes, I'm Suzy Benner.
- 62. We expected you yesterday evening.
- 63. I arrived last night about 10 o'clock,
but the door was locked.
- 64. Somebody said they didn't know
who I was and didn't let me in.
- 65. Who said that to you?
- 66. She didn't say her name.
- 67. I'm sorry. At any rate,
now you're here.
- 68. So, welcome to our academy.
I'm Miss Tanner, an instructor.
- 69. Nice to meet you.
- 70. Come. I'd like to
introduce you to Madame Blanc,
- 71. our Vice Directress.
- 72. She was a famous ballerina.
- 73. - Madame Blanc?
- 74. Suzy Benner, our new student.
- 75. Oh, yes.
- 76. - Excuse me, gentlemen.
- Of course, madame.
- 77. You're pretty. Very pretty indeed.
- 78. They're policemen.
- 79. I knew a woman called Benner
years ago in New York. Carol Benner.
- 80. - She's my aunt.
- Good! A marvelous woman,
- 81. a friend and benefactress
of artists everywhere.
- 82. I'm delighted to have her niece here.
- 83. I offer you our academy's welcome
in the name of our directress,
- 84. who unfortunately
is not here at the moment.
- 85. She's traveling abroad.
- 86. Thank you.
- 87. Albert, please wait for me upstairs.
- 88. He's my nephew.
I'm very attached to him.
- 89. I'll tell you everything
I have to say very quickly...
- 90. because those gentlemen are waiting.
- 91. Something terrible happened.
- 92. One of our students, Pat Hingle,
- 93. expelled yesterday for improper conduct,
- 94. was murdered last night.
It's a frightening story.
- 95. But I always warn our students,
don't I, Miss Tanner?
- 96. I tell them not to get
involved in questionable friendships.
- 97. What I wanted to tell you
was that your room here isn't free yet.
- 98. - Just a slight wait.
- But, don't worry.
- 99. We found you a place to stay
with one of our students who lives in town.
- 100. You'll pay 50 dollars a week but
- 101. you can deduct it from your fee here.
- 102. I'll entrust you
to the care of Miss Tanner,
- 103. one of our veteran teachers here.
- 104. Don't be upset if she seems
stern or surly.
- 105. It's only her manner.
She's even that way with me.
- 106. She really is an invaluable teacher.
- 107. Come with me.
- 108. As you know, our courses last three years,
- 109. and you must pass an exam
at the end of each year.
- 110. So, the girl left the school
about 11 o'clock in the evening.
- 111. - That's my information.
- Excuse me.
- 112. When I got here last night about 11:00,
I saw a girl leaving the school.
- 113. She's a new student. She just arrived.
What did she look like?
- 114. Yes, she had blonde hair
and was wearing a brown raincoat.
- 115. - What did she do?
- I don't know. I only saw her for a minute.
- 116. So you see? It really was 11:00.
- 117. Coming?
- 118. We don't teach you to dance here,
- 119. because we presume that our students
already know how to do that.
- 120. This is an established academy
dedicated to specializing.
- 121. This is Pavlo, our general handyman.
- 122. He's really ugly, isn't he?
Don't be afraid to say so.
- 123. He can't understand you anyway,
he speaks only Rumanian.
- 124. You see that gorgeous smile? He's gotten very
handsome ever since he got those false teeth.
- 125. Last year, he discovered
he had gingivitis of the gums,
- 126. so he had all his teeth pulled.
- 127. The upper ones one morning.
The bottom ones a day later. Bang!
- 128. - Where are we going?
- To the locker room.
- 129. You can use the swimming pool
when you want.
- 130. Miss Tanner,
I have something to tell you.
- 131. - Squawk, squawk. Polly parrot.
- Who said that?
- 132. That's enough of these little
games for the moment!
- 133. I want to introduce Suzy Benner,
our new student.
- 134. You'll find several fellow Americans
among the girls—Miriam, for one.
- 135. - Hello.
- 136. Your locker's over there.
- 137. You'll find everything in there
- 138. For today, borrow shoes
from someone who has two pairs.
- 139. Hurry up, everybody. I'll be waiting
for you in the red room.
- 140. Come with me.
- 141. Squawk, squawk, squawk...
Mata Hari is going to file her report.
- 142. My name is Olga, and you're my tenant.
- 143. Oh, hi. Nice to meet you.
- 144. They tell me you have to give me
50 dollars a week.
- 145. - Yeah.
- In advance.
- 146. Well, don't worry.
If you think I'm not—
- 147. Don't get hot under the collar.
That's how people are here.
- 148. Can anybody lend me
a pair of shoes?
- 149. - Yes. Me.
- Oh, thank you.
- 150. If you want to buy them, I can make
you a nice price. Thirty marks.
- 151. Oh, no, thanks.
I have some in my suitcase.
- 152. I just need a pair for today.
- 153. But if you'd rather not...
- 154. No. Okay. Go ahead. Take them.
- 155. - But give them back, hmm?
- Of course.
- 156. Excuse me. I'm sorry.
- 157. Oh, it's okay. It doesn't matter.
- 158. Did they bother you
with all that talk about money?
- 159. I'm not exactly used to it.
- 160. Same with me at first.
- 161. Then I found out
it's a habit around here.
- 162. Suzy.
- 163. Sara.
- 164. I once read that names...
- 165. which begin with the letter
- 166. are the names of snakes!
- 167. Next year, after I finish the course,
- 168. I've got an offer from
the State School of Ballet in Geneva.
- 169. And you?
- 170. I'll go back to America, but I'm
not exactly sure what I'll do.
- 171. Oh, thanks.
My room is really pretty.
- 172. Like it?
- 173. That makes me happy. I bet we'll do
nicely together. You are sweet.
- 174. Even if I have the name
of a snake?
- 175. Oh, I was just kidding.
- 176. - Don't tell me you're as touchy as Sara.
- 177. Hello?
- 178. Oh, hi! No, no, no.
- 179. You did the right thing.
- 180. - Hi.
- 181. Oh, you didn't
have to bring these here.
- 182. I could've picked them up myself tomorrow.
- 183. I thought you might be needing them.
- 184. Yes, but it wasn't necessary.
- 185. - Thanks a lot.
- Oh, no. It's nothing.
- 186. - Ciao.
- 187. - Want to stay for a while?
- No, thanks. I can't.
- 188. I live at the school. I've got to
be back for supper in half an hour.
- 189. - I'm late.
- Just for a minute?
- 190. No, no, really. I have to be going.
- 191. They get very upset
if you show up late for supper.
- 192. Well, ciao.
- 193. Ciao.
- 194. Yes.
- 195. You caught one.
- 196. Yes, yes, I can hear you very well.
- 197. Did you see how he was blushing?
- 198. He's cute,
except he doesn't have any, um—
- 199. And he never has money
for room and board.
- 200. That's why that bitch Tanner
has him under her thumb.
- 201. She gives him 1,001 errands to do.
- 202. Sure.
- 203. I got it. Okay.
- 204. Call me back tomorrow evening.
Give me a chance to think it over.
- 205. Yes, yes. Okay, okay.
- 206. Anyway, he is cute.
- 207. Poor Pat. She liked him a lot.
- 208. That poor kid, ending up like that.
- 209. I can't even think about it.
- 210. I heard you saw her yesterday evening.
- 211. Uh, yes, outside the school.
- 212. She was acting very strange.
- 213. Mumbling to herself.
- 214. She felt terrible when they kicked
her out, but she really deserved it.
- 215. - There was so much noise.
- God, was she difficult.
- 216. She was saying things that made no sense.
- 217. She was always arguing, causing trouble.
- 218. "Secret."
- 219. "lris."
- 220. What?
- 221. Uh, I remember...
she mentioned the word "secret."
- 222. And then she mentioned a flower—
- 223. Iris, I think, or a lilac.
- 224. What's that supposed to mean?
- 225. - I don't know.
- She was a busybody.
- 226. It would've been easy for her
to find out if one of us was in a jam.
- 227. - How do you like it at Olga's?
- It's nice.
- 228. Those eight on the list this morning,
come with me to the yellow room.
- 229. Good morning.
- 230. - Good morning, Madame Blanc.
- I've got good news for you.
- 231. We have it all arranged.
- 232. Your room is ready for you.
You can move today, if you like.
- 233. I'd rather stay at Olga's,
- 234. Doesn't matter to me, my dear...
- 235. but in your letter of enrollment,
you said you'd be boarding at the school.
- 236. - I know, but—
- The room is free now.
- 237. - I didn't think it was so important.
- As you wish.
- 238. If that's what you want, so be it.
- 239. Sara.
- 240. I had no idea you were so strong-willed.
- 241. I see that when you make up
your mind about something,
- 242. nothing will change it for you.
- 243. My compliments.
- 244. And then,
toward the end of the 19th century,
- 245. the technique of classical ballet...
- 246. assumed a different,
more stylized impostation.
- 247. All right. Let's warm up.
- 248. What's wrong? Don't you feel well?
- 249. No, it's nothing.
I just feel weak.
- 250. If it gets worse, I'll just stop.
- 251. Now some exercises.
- 252. Daniel, you may begin.
- 253. Excuse me, Miss Tanner.
- 254. I feel a little weak.
I'd like to rest.
- 255. Weak? Come on, it's an easy step.
- 256. This is the first time
we've worked together, Suzy.
- 257. I want to see how far along you are.
- 258. Now, come along and join the others.
- 259. Daniel?
- 260. All together now.
- 261. Legs up higher, Suzy. Taller!
- 262. I feel sick...
- 263. Arms up high!
- 264. Concentrate! Raise your arms!
- 265. You're completely off.
Pay attention to the rhythm.
- 266. Come on. Come on. Run along.
- 267. Come on. Drink up.
- 268. - Oh, you—You must drink.
- 269. You heard what the doctor said.
- 270. Drink, drink.
- 271. The blood lost in the hemorrhage
needs an intake of liquids.
- 272. - Right, Professor Verdegast?
- 273. My dear madame.
- 274. Do not be concerned. It's nothing,
as I've already told the young lady.
- 275. That's a relief, professor.
How do you feel, dear?
- 276. - Better.
- The fault lies with your exercises.
- 277. When somebody's been out of practice,
- 278. violent movement could cause
tiny tears in the internal ligaments.
- 279. Thus the hemorrhaging.
- 280. You look better already.
You've got color back in your cheeks.
- 281. - Isn't that right?
- Yes. She looks much better.
- 282. - Ow!
- Hold still.
- 283. This will get you back into shape
in no time.
- 284. In a day or two, you'll be on your feet,
as good as new.
- 285. - Who brought my bags?
- Olga. What a dear.
- 286. The minute she heard you were ill,
she went right home and brought your things.
- 287. She also left me your 50 dollars,
and she didn't take a penny of it.
- 288. Why did she do that?
- 289. - If I wanted to, I would—
- Well, my dear.
- 290. What you need now
is some peace and quiet.
- 291. If the hemorrhaging should start
again, which is very improbable,
- 292. you can telephone me.
- 293. And Tanner, she must eat
bland food for about a week.
- 294. And you mustn't
let her have any fruit.
- 295. - A drop of vin rouge?
- 296. Good. A glass of red wine with
each meal. It works miracles.
- 297. It clears up anemia and strengthens
red corpuscles. It builds the blood.
- 298. Rest well.
You're in good hands.
- 299. Suzy, we're next-door neighbors.
- 300. So, you moved in here.
- 301. No, they moved me in here.
- 302. I really didn't want to.
- 303. As soon as I got sick,
Olga ran and got my bags...
- 304. and threw me out of her place.
- 305. She must've thought I had
- 306. I can't stand to live in
a boarding school like a ten-year-old.
- 307. Wow. You come back strong.
- 308. Yeah, you know, I feel really well.
- 309. It's almost as if nothing
had happened. It's incredible.
- 310. - And all thanks to Professor Verdegast.
- 311. - He looked at you?
- 312. Come in.
- 313. Ciao, Pavlo.
- 314. Thank you.
- 315. You'd better keep an eye on that lighter.
- 316. He really likes it.
- 317. Yes, but I don't think he's a thief.
- 318. At least you know.
- 319. - Are you eating up here?
- Yeah, they put me on a restricted diet.
- 320. On a restricted diet,
they give you wine?
- 321. That's Professor Verdegast's idea.
Says it'll build up my blood.
- 322. The bell. That means it's only 15 minutes
till supper. I'd better change.
- 323. - Ciao. See you later.
- 324. Where?
- 325. Everywhere. The whole floor.
- 326. It's disgusting!
- 327. - Where are they coming from?
- I don't know! Let's go see!
- 328. - They're coming from the ceiling.
- In the meantime, get everybody downstairs.
- 329. Don't let anyone come up.
- 330. I'm sorry. Truly mortified.
Please excuse me.
- 331. But it was nothing to do
with you, madame.
- 332. It's not Madame Blanc's fault.
- 333. We bought those cases
of food by mail...
- 334. from a reliable firm that
we thought was honest.
- 335. Obviously, it arrived spoiled.
- 336. In a few days' time,
you see what happened.
- 337. - It was awful.
- One got in my mouth.
- 338. We're fortunate those things
only reached the floor below the attic.
- 339. - Are the other floors all right?
- Oh yes, we checked them out.
- 340. Just the floor where
the students' rooms are.
- 341. I'll take care of the problem
of fumigating in the morning.
- 342. In the meantime, for tonight,
I've thought of a makeshift arrangement.
- 343. Go and see how they're getting
along, will you?
- 344. The boys have kindly offered to help,
- 345. and they and the servants are turning
the practice hall into a dormitory.
- 346. If some of you choose to
find hotel rooms, I'll have no objections.
- 347. But it's already late, and in any case,
the inconvenience will only be tonight.
- 348. We'll all sleep together.
- 349. Bravo. Are you all right?
- 350. - Yes, thank you.
- 351. - Is everything all right?
- Yes, thank you.
- 352. Good. Are you all right?
- 353. Yes, Madame. Thank you.
- 354. It's very comfortable.
Just like being in camp.
- 355. Are you sleeping here
with us, too, Madame Blanc?
- 356. Certainly, as are all the other
teachers and Miss Tanner.
- 357. Do the teachers live at school?
- 358. No, they live in town.
- 359. They leave after supper
at 9:30, just like clockwork.
- 360. It's very late. You won't be afraid
if I turn out the lights?
- 361. Good night, everyone.
- 362. Is that guy hot for you?
- 363. - Maybe.
- That's funny.
- 364. I heard he was...
- 365. - Of course, I'm not much for gossip.
- Not much for gossip? That's a good one.
- 366. Come on, you tried
to get him and didn't make it!
- 367. - You liar! That's not true—
- Shut up! Some of us want to go to sleep.
- 368. Sara, forget it. It's okay.
- 369. Suzy!
- 370. - Are you sleeping?
- What's the matter?
- 371. You hear that snoring?
- 372. It's weird.
- 373. Hear it?
- 374. Where do you think it's coming from?
- 375. Behind the sheet.
- 376. Ah yes, of course.
- 377. What?
- 378. They lied to us.
- 379. The directress is here.
- 380. That's her, the one who's snoring.
- 381. She's the directress.
- 382. - How do you know?
- I'm sure it's her.
- 383. Last year, for a while,
- 384. I lived in one of the guest rooms...
- 385. at the top of the stairs.
- 386. One night,
- 387. I heard someone coming in very late.
- 388. They got into bed in the room next to mine.
- 389. And then—
- 390. Then I heard this weird kind of snoring.
- 391. It was so weird.
I never forgot it.
- 392. Listen.
- 393. You hear that whistle?
- 394. The next morning, Madame Blanc told me...
- 395. the directress had spent
a few hours at the school...
- 396. and slept in the room next to mine.
- 397. You see?
- 398. So I know she's the directress.
- 399. She's here!
- 400. She's there...
- 401. right behind that sheet.
- 402. Thank you for taking
care of the fumigating so promptly.
- 403. - Good morning, Madame Blanc.
- Good morning, Daniel.
- 404. - Is everything in order now?
- All cleaned up, madame.
- 405. Just to be sure, we'll check
the other floors, too.
- 406. Miss Tanner. Excuse me.
Did the directress sleep here last night?
- 407. - No, she didn't. Good morning, Daniel.
- Good morning, Miss Tanner.
- 408. She is away on a trip. Maybe she'll
come to pay us a visit two weeks from now.
- 409. Excuse me, Miss Tanner, but which
class do I attend this morning?
- 410. The second-year class in the red room.
- 411. Thank you.
- 412. Stop! Stop!
- 413. Enough! Enough!
- 414. - Do you know what happened? Do you know?
- What is it?
- 415. Your disgusting dog has bitten Albert!
- 416. He took a piece out of Albert's arm.
- 417. - What?
- Did you all hear that?
- 418. That miserable dog
tried to mutilate the child!
- 419. Madame Blanc had to rush him
to a first-aid center
- 420. to have stitches put in!
- 421. - It's impossible!
- Let's go to the first-aid center.
- 422. If you can't see the blood, at least
you'll hear the poor child crying!
- 423. That's enough now!
- 424. I know that animal well.
He's faithful and never hurt anyone.
- 425. The boy must have done
something to him first!
- 426. Oh, the poor little animal!
The poor little puppy!
- 427. If I ever see him within a mile of this
school again, I'll have him put to death!
- 428. Stop it!
- 429. I won't allow such talk, you understand?
- 430. You won't allow it?
- 431. Then get out! You and your dog!
- 432. - Get moving!
- You bitch!
- 433. Out!
- 434. I'm going. I'm going.
- 435. But remember that—
- 436. I'm blind, not deaf.
- 437. Get it? Huh?
- 438. Not deaf.
- 439. Not deaf. You understand that?
- 440. You understand?
- 441. Ahh, fresh air!
- 442. Let me out of this place!
- 443. Get out! Get out of here! Good riddance!
- 444. Pavlo, how much longer
do I have to eat like this?
- 445. Hey! Listen!
- 446. Can you hear them?
They're going away.
- 447. The teachers. Remember?
- 448. Can you hear them?
They're going away.
- 449. You hear them?
- 450. Yes.
- 451. I feel it.
- 452. I—I don't think
they're leaving the school.
- 453. What? What did you say?
- 454. Wake up.
- 455. I said, it doesn't seem
to me they're going out.
- 456. The front door is on the left.
- 457. Their footsteps are going to the right,
inside the school.
- 458. You're a genius.
- 459. Jesus, Suzy.
- 460. Fantastic.
- 461. How come I never noticed that before?
- 462. Suzy. If they don't leave,
where do they go?
- 463. Wake up.
- 464. Suzy, Wake up!
- 465. I'm so sleepy.
- 466. I don't know why. I'm sorry.
- 467. Maybe—
- 468. Maybe we can find out
where they really go.
- 469. Of course! Yes.
- 470. We need to count the steps as they go.
- 471. It's like the thread of Ariadne.
- 472. Easy.
- 473. What is it?
- 474. Come on.
- 475. Come on, let's go.
- 476. What is it? Who's there?
- 477. Easy, boy.
- 478. What is it?
- 479. What's happening?
- 480. Who's there?
- 481. Who's there!
- 482. Ambulance! Quick!
- 483. Poor Daniel. Torn to pieces. Incredible.
- 484. Oh, yeah, but you can never
put too much trust in wolfhounds.
- 485. They're crazy. We had two of them
once at the villa in Gestaad.
- 486. First Pat gets murdered by a madman,
and now Daniel is killed by his dog.
- 487. Yeah.
Maybe there's a hex on the place.
- 488. Let's call in the exorcist
and have a purge.
- 489. - What is it? ls something wrong?
- No, no. Everything's all right.
- 490. Is it something personal, dear?
- 491. No, no, it's nothing like that.
- 492. Miss Tanner, would you mind?
- 493. I'd like a few moments
alone with Suzy.
- 494. Well? What is it?
- 495. I just wanted to talk to you about things
that have been happening here lately.
- 496. Oh, I know you're upset by Daniel's
death, as we all have been.
- 497. But it's more than that.
- 498. Does anybody know anything
about who killed Pat?
- 499. I spoke with the chief
of police just this morning.
- 500. He said they had
some definite clues.
- 501. You know that I saw her
the night I arrived here.
- 502. Yes, you told me that.
- 503. And that she was mumbling
some strange, unrelated words.
- 504. No, you didn't tell me that.
- 505. Because it was something
that didn't make any sense.
- 506. It was in the middle of a thunderstorm.
- 507. I just didn't pay much attention to it.
- 508. I only caught two words distinctly:
- 509. "Secret" and "irises."
- 510. I don't know what they mean,
but I thought they might be important.
- 511. You've done very well.
- 512. I don't know what those
words mean either.
- 513. But we should let
the police know about it.
- 514. I am amazed you waited
two days before— Hello?
- 515. - You really messed things up.
- What are you talking about?
- 516. Because... Maybe Pat was talking to...
someone just inside the building that night.
- 517. We know that someone
wasn't one of the teachers.
- 518. Come on.
- 519. Now you've put them
on the hunt for somebody.
- 520. What difference
does that make to you?
- 521. Big difference.
- 522. Because I was Pat's friend.
- 523. She was telling me something
when you suddenly showed up.
- 524. She got scared and she ran away.
- 525. She was in hysterics almost.
- 526. And then she was killed.
- 527. Remember that voice
when you rang the bell?
- 528. Well, that was me.
- 529. A lot of strange, incredible,
- 530. Pat was taking notes on them
- 531. Before going away,
she gave me all the notes.
- 532. I've only told one person,
a very good friend of mine.
- 533. Frank Mandel.
He's here for a convention.
- 534. I'll let you read them tonight.
- 535. Suzy, wake up. Please, Suzy, wake up!
- 536. The notes are gone!
Someone stole them from me!
- 537. You understand? They disappeared.
- 538. Don't fall asleep! Help me!
- 539. - Wake up! Help me!
- I can't.
- 540. Can't?
- 541. This is the only thing I've got left,
because I kept it on me. Look! Look!
- 542. - Look.
- What is it?
- 543. What's the matter with you?
Don't you remember? What's going on?
- 544. This is the key that'll get us
wherever the teachers go every night.
- 545. I wrote it yesterday evening
while I was sitting here next to you.
- 546. Suzy, do you know
anything about witches?
- 547. Oh, no! Please!
- 548. Don't leave me alone!
- 549. I must get away!
- 550. Looking for Sara? She disappeared.
- 551. But that's impossible.
I just talked to her last night.
- 552. She left this morning, as a matter
of fact, without telling anyone.
- 553. She was heard leaving about 6:00.
- 554. - You heard her leave, didn't you?
- Sara? Oh, yes.
- 555. I heard the door close and her
footsteps going down the hall.
- 556. And then I heard a car
driving off down the street.
- 557. - I guess someone was waiting for her.
- But it's impossible.
- 558. If she wasn't happy here,
she could've at least told someone.
- 559. Why sneak off like a thief?
- 560. Hello.
May I speak to Frank Mandel, please?
- 561. Yes, thank you.
- 562. Hello. This is Suzy Benner.
- 563. No, we've never met.
I'm a friend of Sara's.
- 564. Yes. Hello. Do you happen
to know where Sara is?
- 565. Uh, she disappeared
from school this morning.
- 566. Yes, it seems she left
and took all her luggage.
- 567. Listen, could I see
you sometime today?
- 568. I'm really worried about her.
- 569. Oh, great. Where?
- 570. At the convention center?
Okay. I'll see you there.
- 571. She didn't warn any of her classmates.
I've already asked all of them.
- 572. It's very upsetting.
I can't understand why she did it.
- 573. I'm the one who's held responsible
by the family.
- 574. I'll call her father in Geneva.
Perhaps she might have gone there.
- 575. I've already phoned Sara's father.
He's the Italian consul in Geneva.
- 576. But he wasn't there today.
He was away for the weekend.
- 577. They said he'd be back by Monday,
and they don't know anything about her there.
- 578. Well, do you understand
why I'm so worried?
- 579. Yes, but before we both get upset,
let's wait for her father's return.
- 580. Maybe they got together this morning
and went off on their own.
- 581. I know her quite well.
- 582. She was a patient of mine
three years ago.
- 583. Were you aware of that?
- 584. No. I didn't even know
you were a psychiatrist.
- 585. Well, she had a nervous breakdown
after her mother's death,
- 586. and she came to me for treatment.
- 587. After she got better,
we remained friends.
- 588. Lately she was upset
about some notions
- 589. put into her head by a friend of hers.
- 590. - Not you, I hope?
- 591. They were wild ideas.
- 592. She had discovered that
the Tam Academy was founded
- 593. in 1895 by a certain Helena Markos.
- 594. She was a Greek immigrant.
The local people believed her to be a witch.
- 595. - You knew that?
- No. But I have a strange feeling...
- 596. somebody already told me about it.
- 597. Or something similar.
I can't remember.
- 598. Well, that really got Sara's imagination
going. Earlier in the 19th century,
- 599. the Markos woman had been expelled
from several European countries.
- 600. She had something about her which urged
religious-thinking people to persecute her.
- 601. She also wrote a number of books,
and I read that among the initiated,
- 602. she went by the name
"The Black Queen."
- 603. After she settled down here,
she became the subject of a lot of gossip.
- 604. Nevertheless, she managed to put
her hands on a great deal of money,
- 605. and she founded the Tam Academy.
- 606. At first, a sort of school
of dance and occult sciences.
- 607. But that didn't last long,
because in 1905,
- 608. after being hounded
and cursed at for ten years,
- 609. Madame Markos died in a fire.
- 610. That's all there is,
as far as witchcraft is concerned.
- 611. The school was taken over
by her favorite pupil.
- 612. The study of the occult
- 613. And soon the place became
the famous dance academy.
- 614. But what does it mean
to be a witch?
- 615. As a believer in the material world
and a psychiatrist,
- 616. I'm convinced that the current spread
of belief in magic and the occult
- 617. is part of... mental illness.
- 618. Bad luck isn't brought
by broken mirrors, but by broken minds.
- 619. Excuse me. Milius?
- 620. This is Professor Milius.
- 621. He wrote a book called
"Paranoia or Magic." Believe me...
- 622. it's the final word on the subject.
- 623. Excuse me, Milius. If you don't mind,
I'd like you to meet a friend of mine.
- 624. Good morning.
- 625. She's interested
in your favorite subject...
- 626. Witches.
- 627. Can you tell her something
about the mysterious?
- 628. Well, I have to go.
I have an appointment to keep.
- 629. Keep me posted.
- 630. Hello. I'm sorry to bother you.
- 631. Ah, so, what would you like to know?
- 632. Do you believe
in the existence of witches?
- 633. I have known some women
who were said to be witches.
- 634. Really?
- 635. I have studied the phenomenon
for a long time.
- 636. I am of the opinion that
it is an important appendage...
- 637. of contemporary psychiatry.
- 638. You're skeptical, my dear.
- 639. Well, frankly,
it is a little hard to believe.
- 640. What do witches do?
- 641. They are malefic,
negative and destructive.
- 642. Their knowledge of the art of the occult
gives them tremendous powers.
- 643. They can change the course of events
and people's lives, but only to do harm.
- 644. You don't believe me?
- 645. Their goal is to accumulate
great personal wealth,
- 646. but that can only be achieved
by injury to others.
- 647. They can cause suffering,
sickness and even the death
- 648. of those who, for whatever reason,
have offended them.
- 649. Why do you have all this
interest in the occult?
- 650. Because some friends spoke
to me about witches.
- 651. I read some stuff.
- 652. Have you ever heard
of Helena Markos?
- 653. Oh, yes. She was a very
famous black queen.
- 654. A powerful witch with a tremendous
talent for doing evil.
- 655. A real mistress of magic.
- 656. She lived and died in this city,
did you know that?
- 657. Yes. And might there exist
a guild of witches?
- 658. The correct term
would be a "coven" of witches.
- 659. A woman becomes queen if her magic
is a hundred times more powerful
- 660. than the rest of the coven,
which is like a serpent.
- 661. Its strength rests with its leader—
That is, with its head.
- 662. A coven deprived of its leader
is like a headless cobra.
- 663. Harmless.
- 664. Skepticism is the natural
reaction of people nowadays,
- 665. but magic is ever present.
- 666. In other words: "Quoddam ubique,
- 667. quoddam semper,
quoddam ad omnibus creditum est."
- 668. It means magic is everywhere,
- 669. and all over the world,
it's a recognized fact.
- 670. Always.
- 671. Mark? Mark?
- 672. Excuse me. Where is everybody?
- 673. They have all gone to the theater
for the opening of the Bolshoi.
- 674. - Then why didn't anyone tell me about it?
- I don't know.
- 675. Miss Tanner obtained
tickets for everybody.
- 676. - Frank, it's Suzy. Sara's friend?
- Suzy? Hello?
- 677. I can't—
- 678. Talk louder.
I can't hear you very well.
- 679. - Did something happen?
- Well, I haven't heard from Sara,
- 680. but a lot of strange
things are happening.
- 681. I mean, I mean, for example,
when I eat at night, I—
- 682. Hello? Hello, Frank?
- 683. Can you hear me? Hello?
- 684. Frank? Hello?
- 685. Hello? Frank?
- 686. Hello?
- 687. Hello, Frank, can you hear me?
- 688. No!
- 689. No!
- 690. They don't leave the school at all.
- 691. The front door is on the left.
Their footsteps are going to the right.
- 692. One,
- 693. two, three, four, five, six,
- 694. Seven—
- 695. I can find out where they're going
by counting their footsteps.
- 696. Twenty.
- 697. Who's there?
- 698. The carpet.
That's why the footsteps stop here.
- 699. It's impossible.
There's got to be another way out of here.
- 700. The secret—
I saw beyond the door!
- 701. Three irises!
Turn the blue one!
- 702. The secret—
I saw beyond the door!
- 703. Three irises!
Turn the blue one!
- 704. I told you. We must get rid of that
bitch of an American girl!
- 705. Vanish—She must vanish!
Make her disappear, understand?
- 706. She didn't eat or drink
anything this evening.
- 707. Vanish—She must vanish!
- 708. She must die, die, die!
- 709. Helena, give me power.
- 710. Sickness! Sickness!
- 711. Do away with her! Away with trouble!
- 712. Dead, dead, dead!
- 713. Who is it? Who's there?
- 714. I've been expecting you.
The American girl! I knew you'd come.
- 715. You want to kill me?
You want to kill Helena Markos?
- 716. Now you'll know death.
I'm coming for you!
- 717. But, what face will I have?
How will you see Helena Markos?
- 718. Here I am, American girl.
- 719. I'm coming! Let the living meet
the dead, and the dead... the living!