Runtime: 58 min
"The Voynich Manuscript is considered to be 'The Most Mysterious Manuscript in the World'. It was named after its discoverer, the American antique book dealer and collector, Wilfrid M. Voynich, who discovered it in 1912 amongst a collection of ancient manuscripts kept in villa Mondragone in Frascati, near Rome, which had been by then turned into a Jesuit College (closed in 1953).
It is made of soft, light-brown vellum, is seven by ten inches in size and about 200 pages long. It is written in a flowing cursive script which to this day has resisted all efforts at translation. Though the manuscript was found in Italy, statistical analyses show the text is completely different in character from any European language. During World War II some of the top military code-breakers in America tried to decipher it, but failed. A professor at the University of Pennsylvania was apparently driven insane trying to unlock its secrets.
This film explores the various theories surrounding its mixture of strange language and drawings of plants and anatomical figures. Is the medieval artifact an astrological guide, herbal glossary, religious heresy or map of the galaxy? Could it be an ingenious hoax or an unbreakable cipher whose mysteries may never be revealed?"