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Black Magic (1949)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 19 August 1949 (USA)
Hypnotist uses his powers for revenge against King Louis XV's court.

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(novel), (adaptation) (as John H. Kneubuhl) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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Marie Antoinette / Lorenza
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Gitano
Frank Latimore ...
Gilbert de Rezel
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Zoraida
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Stephen Bekassy ...
Viscount de Montagne
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Chambord / Monk (as Gregory Gay)
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Charles Goldner ...
Lee Kresel ...
King Louis XVI / Innkeeper
Robert Atkins ...
Nicholas Bruce ...
De Remy
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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 makes Lorenza marry him but can never make her love him. ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In Balsamo's climactic escape attempt, Gitano passes him a pistol, seen very clearly as a small flintlock typical of the period. Balsamo then fires at least four shots from it without any time to reload. Repeating pistols not invented until the nineteenth century, and looked nothing like the gun used by Balsamo. See more »

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Referenced in D.O.A. (1950) See more »

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One of Orson Welles best performances
21 August 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I just watched the video of BLACK MAGIC again tonight and was once again impressed with it. Orson Welles turns in one of his finest performances. I was also impressed by the quality of the production considering it wasn't a Hollywood studio production (although it was released by United Artists). Elaborate costumes and sets and tons of extras. Interesting plot and photography. It has a nice film noir look to it. But the best part of BLACK MAGIC is Welles.


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