Opening sequence of THE LAST SECRET (an unproduced Dan Brown-style religious Action-Adventure/Thriller based on real events).
Where appropriate, DIALOGUE is in original language and subtitled.
EXT. CARDINAL OF LISBON'S PALACE - NIGHT
A mace POUNDS on a wooden door as the wind HOWLS and sheets of rain blow past.
SUPER: LISBON, 1958
Carved on the mace is the INQUISITION EMBLEM (shield, olive branches, Cross and sword, and the motto: "Exsungte, Domine! Judica causam tuam, Capite nobis vulpes.")
A slot in the door opens. A DOORMAN glimpses the Inquisition Emblem on the mace and the identical emblem on a silver ring worn by-
The mace wielder, Tomas KRATKY, late 20s. His precocious maturity reeks of steely ambition. His left eye weeps when he is stressed, and he often dabs it with a handkerchief.
Two muscular CLERICS, cassocks visible beneath drenched raincoats, another Priest, VASCO, late 20s (who holds a large silver BOX) flank Kratky.
Open! In the name of the Holy Office!
The door opens. The Clerics, followed by Kratky and Vasco, push their way into an-
Where is the Cardinal?
The Doorman involuntarily looks up. Kratky nods. He, the Clerics and Vasco rush up a magnificent staircase to enter the-
CARDINAL'S PRIVATE CHAPEL
where CARDINAL CEREJEIRA, 60s, kneels, clutching LUCIA'S ENVELOPE, blue, with faded writing.
Before him is an altar with a crucifix. Lit candles B&W 1917 PHOTOS of three Portuguese SHEPHERD CHILDREN, CROWDS at the miracle of Fatima, and contemporary photos of Fatima, including the Hill of the Angels.
Cardinal Cerejeira rises stiffly.
Who are you to enter-
Kratky breaks the seals on a ribbon bedecked-scroll. He unrolls it To Reveal black and red lettering.
"Cardinal Cerejeira, you are hereby ordered to surrender Lucia's letter. Should you divulge a single word, you will be excommunicated and your place in paradise forfeit. Furthermore-
By what authority do you-
The Clerics flash fists with Inquisition Rings.
The Church will declare anathema unto you.
“That day and hour knoweth no man, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only. For as the lightning cometh out of the East, and shineth even unto the West; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
The Clerics scoop up the photos. Kratky seizes the letter from Cardinal Cerejeira. Vasco opens the Box. Kratky deposits the letter inside. He takes a silver padlock with the Inquisition Emblem from his cassock and locks the Box.
In 1542, in order to exterminate heresy (the sin of thinking for one's self), the Catholic Church established the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Universal Inquisition.
During centuries of terror, the Inquisition imprisoned hundreds of thousands of people, the majority women, for daring to question the Church. Many were burnt alive, many more tortured; huge numbers died in prison.
In 1958, the Inquisition, now renamed the Sancto Oficio (Holy Office), seized the Last Secret of Fatima...