Synopsis: Bathory is based on the legends surrounding the life and deeds of Countess Elizabeth Bathory known as the greatest murderess in the history of mankind. Contrary to popular belief, Elizabeth Bathory was a modern Renaissance woman who ultimately fell victim to men's aspirations for power and wealth.
Director(s): Juraj Jakubisko
Production: Bontonfilm
  5 wins & 4 nominations.
141 min


Behold - The Castle of Cachtice.

An unconquerable stronghold

that time will turn into stones and dust.

The last witness to the

mysterious story...

of Hungarys wealthiest noble woman

Countess Erzsebet Bathory.

Here, as the legend says, she tortured

and killed innocent virgins...

and bathed in their blood to stay

young and beautiful forever.

The fewer the facts,

the plentiful the legends.

The truth will remain forgotten

in this forgotten dungeon,

from where the countesses'

desperate wailing and sobbing

could be heard night after night.

Until the devil himself took pity on her

and setting her on his firey steed

carried her away,

to the darkest depths of hell.

Or was it an angel?

And was the story

rather different perhaps?

I trust my daughter

Erzsebet Bathory,

in marriage to Ferenc Nadasdy.

That our

families may be united!

This union will be the most

powerful in Hungary.

Erzsebet! Erzsebet!

Look! I have my own horse!

Now I am a man.

Marriage is a duty and love a sin.

Ferenc will increase

the family fortune,

your job is to manage

and preserve it.

And look after the servants.

The can't work if they are ill.


Viva young couples!

Dear Countess, we have a duty to

our families, to conceive a son.

How are we going to accomplish this?

My uncle told me, do

not worry, my dear.

For centuries, the Turks

and Tatars devastated

and plundered the kingdom of Hungary.

Killing and destroying everything that

Hungarians held sacred.


Finally, the Protestant lord set aside

their dispute with the Catholics,

and together rows to wage war

against the Muslims.

The fate of this vast land,

which people spoke 13

different languages,

fell into the hands of some powerful,

led by Ferenc Nadasdy.

Look at the Habsburgs.

Always the first to flee.

I like to see the infidels

kicking Catholics.

I told you will not be bored for long.

For God and Hungary!

Guide your people to victory!


The Turks.

Count Nadasdy...

fearless warrior and commander,

always stood in the front of the brave

son of Hungary.

The bleeding Hungarian kingdom,

became the last bastion

protecting Christian Europe

against the infidels.

History is written by winners,

and the Chronicles,

by fools like me a humble

monk named Peter.

My testimony is not a legend

about heroes like Ferenc

but about life and death of

his beautiful wife Erzsebet.

The three dragon teeth

from her family crest

represent the three names

that marked his life

and, ultimately,

fulfilled her destiny.


Part I:


- Countess.

- Thurzo?

Where is Ferenc?

- Don't worry, he is safe.

It was a great victory.

Here sends a list of war trophies.

He sends you a gift.

Look out the window.

The best gift would be

to have Ferenc home.

My little fairy.

he is an Italian painter

we stole from the Turks.


He should be painting roses shutters

to the Pasha of Budin,

but in exchange for this portrait,

Ferenc promised him freedom.

- Move, miserable!

- Let me go!

I'm a protege of

Cardinal Del Monte.


Maybe he can capture your beauty.

Come on, Maria.

Faster! You so sweet.

Ferenc, my beloved black


Perhaps you could stop by

after the Sunday service

to sign your agreement for

the next half year.

Don't worry, pastor, I'll sign it

in Ferences name.

- Wait!

- Yes, Istvan?

Our painter hast ordered half

the forest for his paints.

And he still wants more.

What else does he need, Istvan?

What kind of rose is this?

a Venetian.

Blue as a Venetian sky.

Three days mourning

our dead comrades.

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Juraj Jakubisko

Juraj Jakubisko (born 30 April 1938, Kojšov, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)) is a Slovak film director. He has directed 15 feature films, between 1967 and 2008. He often takes the dual role of cinematographer, and is often also credited as a screenplay writer as he usually co-writes or writes the scripts of his movies. In 2000 he was named Best Slovak Director of the 20th century by film critics and journalists. His work is often described as magical realism. more…

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