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Black Magic (1949)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Guild ...
Marie Antoinette / Lorenza
Frank Latimore ...
Gilbert de Rezel
Margot Grahame ...
Stephen Bekassy ...
Viscount de Montagne
Berry Kroeger ...
Gregory Gaye ...
Chambord / Monk (as Gregory Gay)
Charles Goldner ...
Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer
Lee Kresel ...
King Louis XVI / Innkeeper
Robert Atkins ...
Nicholas Bruce ...
De Remy
Franco Corsaro ...


Giuseppe Balsamo detto Cagliostro, zingaro e mago, vuole vendicarsi del visconte di Montagne, che ha torturato, in passato, lui e la sua famiglia. Usando i suoi poteri ipnotici, Cagliostro spinge il visconte al suicidio. Dopo un matrimonio fallito (sua moglie ama Gilbert, un ufficiale della guardia della Regina) e dopo essere stato smascherato in pubblico dal dottor Mesmer, famoso ipnotista, viene ucciso in duello sui tetti dal capitano delle guardie. Written by rosebud6

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The biggest picture in ten years! The greatest cavalcade of intrigue, spectacle, adventure and excitement you'll ever see on the screen


Drama | Mystery | Romance


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19 August 1949 (USA)  »

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Initially, the film was to be directed in the USA by Douglas Sirk and was to star George Sanders. See more »


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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17 December 2003 | by (NY, New York) – See all my reviews

The trite dialogue, Ed Wood style special effects and ridiculous plot of this film creates a beautiful "cult" charm. Orson Welles plays a highly entertaining Gypsy and even directed a few of his scenes. Matching, and sometimes even topping Welles's fiendish performance is Akim Tamiroff, the sideman actor that played in many of Welles's films from Don Quixote to The Trial. This film is a bit tragic but most certainly charming. There are so many close up shots of Welles's black eyes mesmerizing the audience against a spine tingling score whispering lines like, "you will submit" that it makes me wonder why this film hasn't been re-released and put in the "cult classic" section of video stores. Good luck finding it.

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