Black Magic

Overview

Gregory Ratoff is listed as sole director of the 1949 Orson Welles starrer Black Magic, but it is now common knowledge that Welles directed most of this lavish costumer himself. Told in flashback, the film recounts the life and times of notorious 18th-century hypnotist/magician/scam artist Cagliostro played, but of course, by Welles. Learning the secrets of hypnosis from Dr. Mesmer Charles Goldner, Cagliostro exploits this skill to gain wealth, prestige and, on occasion, romance. His downward slide begins when ...
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Overview

Gregory Ratoff is listed as sole director of the 1949 Orson Welles starrer Black Magic, but it is now common knowledge that Welles directed most of this lavish costumer himself. Told in flashback, the film recounts the life and times of notorious 18th-century hypnotist/magician/scam artist Cagliostro played, but of course, by Welles. Learning the secrets of hypnosis from Dr. Mesmer Charles Goldner, Cagliostro exploits this skill to gain wealth, prestige and, on occasion, romance. His downward slide begins when Cagliostro enters into an Anastasia-like scheme to substitute a young lass named Lorenza Nancy Guild for French queen Marie Antoinette. The charlatan's partners in crime are gypsies Gilbert Akim Tamiroff, who manages to out-ham Welles in some scenes and Zoraida Valentina Cortese. Longer on style than substance, Black Magic is a wickedly delightful cinematic exercise, with Welles at his overbaked best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2012
  • UPC: 759731414425
  • Original Release: 1949
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  • Source: Henstooth Video
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,168

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Orson Welles Cagliostro
Nancy Guild Lorenza, Marie Antoinette
Akim Tamiroff Gitano
Frank Latimore Gilbert
Valentina Cortese Zoraida
Margot Grahame Mme. Dubarry
Stephen Bekassy DeMontagne
Berry Kroeger Alexandre Dumas, Sr.
Raymond Burr Alexandre Dumas, Jr.
Charles Goldner Dr. Mesmer
Lee Kresel Louis XVI
Robert Atkins Louis XV
Nicholas Bruce De Remy
Franco Corsaro Chico
Aniello Mele Joseph Balsamo, as a child
Ronald Adam Court President
Bruce Belfrage Crown Prosecutor
Tamara Shayne Maria Balsamo
Peter Trent Dr. Mesmer's Friend
Giuseppe Varni Bochmer
Gregory Gaye Chambord
Silvana Mangano
Technical Credits
Gregory Ratoff Director, Producer
Ubaldo Arata Cinematographer
Charles Bennett Screenwriter
Anchise Brizzi Cinematographer
Fred R. Feitshans Jr. Editor
James McKay Editor
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Edward Small Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black Magic
1. Start [8:17]
2. Gypsy Caravan [11:42]
3. Starting Over [13:07]
4. Getaway [7:31]
5. Perfect Double [11:37]
6. Rescued [9:02]
7. 7 Days [7:57]
8. Secret Meeting [10:40]
9. An Audience [4:09]
10. On Trial [7:32]
11. Too Late [12:30]
12. End Credits [:51]
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Disc #1 -- Black Magic
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