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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) (as Alexandre Dumas père), (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Marie Antoinette / Lorenza
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Gitano
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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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1.37 : 1
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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

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

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Revisionist History-And How!
24 February 2004 | by (Parma Heights,Ohio,U.S.A.) – See all my reviews



Not having readt the story by Dumas,I really don't feel qualified to comment as to this film's fidelity to the original work.However,it has very little,if anything,to do with the actual history.till,it's a superb example of a cross between swashbuckling and film noir. Has anybody ever commented on the fact that,when Orson Welles did historical or Shakespearean figures,he was really telling so much about himself.Noble,talented,gifted people,whose grandiose designs were brought low by their own tragic flaws.And how good looking he was.If he hadn't doubled his girth in later years,he could have played leading men similar to those of Walter Pidgeon.

HISTORICAL NOTE:The real Cagliostro was exiled from France in 1789,following the business about the diamond necklace.He then moved to Rome,where he established a Masonic Lodge.Now,in Europe,the Masons are NOT viewed as a men's fraternal organization,as in the U.S.A.,but,rather,as a hot bed of treason,treachery,and heresy.Consequently,he was arrested,and sentenced to be executed.The Pope commuted the sentence to life imprisonment,and he spent the rest of his life in prison.

MORAL:We really don't need anyone else to foul up our lives,now,do we?We happen to do a great job on our own.


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