Hypnotist uses his powers for revenge against King Louis XV's court.

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Nancy Guild ...
Marie Antoinette / Lorenza
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Gitano
Frank Latimore ...
Gilbert de Rezel
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Viscount de Montagne
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Gregory Gaye ...
Chambord / Monk (as Gregory Gay)
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Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer
Lee Kresel ...
King Louis XVI / Innkeeper
Robert Atkins ...
Nicholas Bruce ...
De Remy
Franco Corsaro ...
Chico
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Novelist Alexander Dumas tells his writer-son of Joseph Balsamo, a gypsy boy in southern France who was embittered because his parents were wrongfully hanged and he himself was tortured by the order of Viscount de Montagne. Years later, the man, a carnival charlatan, attracts the attention of Dr. Mesmer, a pioneer in the study of hypnotism. Balsamo rejects Mesmer's plea that he use his power for healing and, instead, decides to use it to seek wealth and fame. He changes his name to Count Cagliostro, and achieves fame throughout Europe by mixing hypnotism with mysticism and showmanship. He is called to cure a girl, Lorenza, held by De Montagne, because she resembles Marie Antoinette, wife of the heir to the throne of France. Cagliostro decides to join De Montagne and Madame du Barry in a plot to seize the power by discrediting the future Queen. Cagliostro achieves his revenge on De Montagne by persuading him to hang himself. He make Lorenza marry him but can never make her love him. ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Masonic compass that Cagliostro sported on his hat and other "secret-fraternal" symbols on his coat when being presented at court are eloquent. He was anti-monarch (although he coveted the power for himself), and could easily have been a member of one of those secret societies. They were the actual force behind the French Revolution and the stirring up of the masses by tracts secretly produced and other such methods. See more »

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Early in the film the guards whip Joseph, they then attempt to burn his eyes out. The iron is heated by a character out of uniform who passes it to a soldier. We see the scene from the back and the soldier moves the iron towards the child's eyes, a cut to the front has the non uniformed character moving the iron towards the child's eyes, a cut back shows the iron back in the hands of the uniformed soldier. See more »

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16 September 2004 | by (Free Union, Virginia) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie as a boy and it lingers after nearly fifty years as a haunting memory. It may be what we now call noir, but the twinkle in Welles' eye also lingers, suggesting a gris texture. That twinkle is the same that Harry Lime (cine verde?) flashed to Holly Martin in the alley scene of The Third Man (which was also made in Europe in 1949).

Cagliostro was a brilliant montebank, alchemist,poseur and rascal of the first order. Welles gave him credibility, perhaps recognizing a kindred spirit down the centuries. I still remember the dark, cobbled streets and slick rainy roof tops of eighteenth century European cities -- scenes also not unlike the ones in The Third Man. The ending, I remember, was also bitter sweet.

I wish that those who produce lesser know classics for DVD restoration might see this "foreign" movie; it is obviously available somewhere since there have been other reviewers. If they chose it I could have my childhood Madeleine experience, and others would have another Welles film to compare with the finite now available.


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