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

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Joseph Balsamo aka Count Cagliostro
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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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Mme. du Barry
Stephen Bekassy ...
Viscount de Montagne
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Alexandre Dumas, Sr.
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Chambord / Monk (as Gregory Gay)
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Alexandre Dumas, Jr.
Charles Goldner ...
Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer
Lee Kresel ...
King Louis XVI / Innkeeper
Robert Atkins ...
King Louis XV
Nicholas Bruce ...
De Remy
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Chico
Annielo Mele ...
Joseph Balsamo - as a child
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Court President
Bruce Belfrage ...
Crown Prosecutor
Alexander Danaroff ...
Dr. Duval / Baron von Minden
Leonardo Scavino ...
Gaston / Beniamino Balsamo (as Leon Lenoir)
Tamara Shayne ...
Maria Balsamo
Joop van Hulzen ...
Minister of Justice
Peter Trent ...
Dr. Mesmer's Friend
Giuseppe Varni ...
Boehmer
Tatyana Pavlova ...
The Mother
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(as Harriet White Medin)
Valentino Bruchi ...
(uncredited)
Renato Casanova ...
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Ludmilla Dudarova ...
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Rosina Galli ...
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Mary Genni ...
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Filippo Minelli ...
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Count Orloff ...
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Maria Antonietta Pavese ...
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Michele Sakara ...
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Princess Vassileikof ...
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Prince Volkonski ...
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Baroness Vredeun ...
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Directed by

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Gregory Ratoff
Orson Welles ... (uncredited)

Written by

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Alexandre Dumas ... (novel "Joseph Balsamo, mémoires d'un médecin") (as Alexandre Dumas père)
 
Charles Bennett ... (adaptation and screenplay)
 
Richard Schayer ... (additional scenes and dialogue)

Produced by

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Gregory Ratoff ... producer
Dario Sabatello ... associate producer
Edward Small ... executive producer

Music by

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Paul Sawtell

Cinematography by

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Ubaldo Arata
Anchise Brizzi
Otello Martelli ... (uncredited)

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Fred R. Feitshans Jr.
James C. McKay
Renzo Lucidi ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Jean d'Eaubonne
Ottavio Scotti

Set Decoration by

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Gino Brosio

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Georges Annenkov ... (as Georges Annenkoff)
Vittorio Nino Novarese ... (as Nino Novarese)

Makeup Department

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Don L. Cash ... makeup artist (as Don Cash)

Production Management

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Giorgio Papi ... production manager (as Dr. Giorgio Papi)
Fernando Mochetti ... unit manager (uncredited)
Cesare Seccia ... unit manager (uncredited)

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Arrigo Colombo ... assistant director
Leonardo Scavino ... assistant director: Italian version (as Leon Lenoir)
Alberto Cardone ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Saverio D'Eugenio ... assistant art director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Frank Cleverly ... sound effects
Rolf Epstein ... sound
Peter Handford ... sound

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Carlo Carlini ... camera operator (uncredited)
Tonino Delli Colli ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Other crew

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Silvano Balboni ... collaborator: direction (uncredited)
Walter Bedogni ... production secretary (uncredited)
Enzo Musumeci Greco ... master of arms (uncredited)
Francesco Salvi ... production secretary (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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. Her love is for Gilbert de Rezel, the captain of Marie Antoinette's guard. In a dramatic court scene, Cagliostro's power of hypnotism is turned against him by Dr. Mesmer and he is seen as a madman. His faithful gypsy friends, Gitano and Zoraida, try to help him escape but he is killed by de Rezel in a roof-top duel. Written by Les Adams

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Taglines ...It Will Hold You in its Spell! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Cagliostro (Italy)
  • Gli spadaccini della Serenissima (Italy)
  • Cagliostro (France)
  • Cagliostro (Spain)
  • Черная магия (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 105 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Orson Welles often said that making this film was the most sheer fun he had ever had, working in the cinema. See more »
Goofs In the early scene between Cagliostro and Mesmer, Mesmer says that Cagliostro had never heard of "hypnotism" but was practicing it anyway. In fact, Mesmer himself never used the term "hypnotism." He called it "animal magnetism." See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014). See more »

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