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8 April 1929 (Germany) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Hans Stüwe ... Cagliostro
Renée Héribel ... Lorenza

Alfred Abel ... Prince de Rohan
Ivan Koval-Samborsky ... Benito
Rina De Liguoro ... Laura, Marquise Espada
Charles Dullin ... Marquis de Espada-Comte de Breteil
Illa Meery ... Jeanne de la Motte

Edmond Van Daële ... Louis XVI
Suzanne Bianchetti ... Marie-Antoinette
Jules Moy ... Bohmer
Georges Deneubourg ... Basange
Alice Tissot ... Duchesse de Mittau
René Donnio ... Chevreau
Jeannie Luxeuil (as Jenny Luxeuil)
Andrée Canti

Roger Karl
Andrews Engelmann
Nicolas Rimsky
Teddy Michaud
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
W. Percy Day ... Astronome (as Percy Day)

Directed by
Richard Oswald 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Herbert Juttke  writer
Georg C. Klaren  writer
Johannes von Günther  novel

Produced by
Alexandre Kamenka .... producer
Richard Oswald .... executive producer
Wladimir Wengeroff .... producer
Cinematography by
Maurice Desfassiaux 
Jules Kruger 
Art Direction by
Alexander Ferenczy 
Lazare Meerson 
Costume Design by
Eugène Lourié 
Production Management
Siegfried Dessauer .... production manager
Basile Kourotchkine .... unit manager
Special Effects by
Paul Minine .... special effects coordinator
Nicolas Wilcké .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... model maker
Camera and Electrical Department
Marcel Carné .... assistant camera
Jean Dréville .... assistant camera
Christen Jørgensen .... assistant camera
J. Soulat .... still photographer

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54 min
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The remains of something much larger, 22 August 2012
Author: gabor-lux from Hungary

What we have here is half of what might have been a good movie about swashbuckling and courtly intrigue. Cagliostro is a late 1920s silent production made in German–French co-production and considered lost until a copy turned up in the French film archives. Unfortunately, this is an edit of the two-hour original, and even with a few other fragments, it only comes at 58 minutes, losing multiple supporting characters and sub-plots, and leaving much of the plot development to title cards.

And this is a shame, because the remaining footage gives us a fun story that's half historical drama (based on real events, no less) and half swashbuckling adventure. Cagliostro, an Italian adventurer played by the almost unnaturally handsome Hans Stüwe, rises through the French aristocracy on account of his magical tricks, medical knowledge and ability to foretell the future. When he falls from favour after a divination that predicts a dire future for Marie Antoinette, he sets in motion a plan that will result in revenge, but at a great price.

This is very much a movie that features beautiful people plotting against each other among sumptuous and grandiose interior sets. The tone is extremely amoral, and both Cagliostro and his opponents come across as tremendous scumbags. The film features some very explicit sexual content for its age, but alas, the swordplay featured on the original advertisements has almost all been cut. Likewise, the final act is over in pretty much 10 minutes; it may have been a larger segment in the original.

And unfortunately, this is Cagliostro as we have it now: some good acting, interesting expressionist touches, hints of something that may have been a grand plot, lots of wigs, but not a full movie, and probably not something someone looking for a great film experience should buy until a more complete version turns up.

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