Black Magic 1949 Orson Welles Drama Mystery
Stars: Orson Welles, Nancy Guild, Akim Tamiroff
Black Magic Story Line. 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…
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Sample Video from Black Magic
- Directors: Gregory Ratoff, Orson Welles (uncredited)
- Country: Italy, USA
- Language: English
- Run time: 105 minutes
- Sound: Mono
- Color: Black and WhiteRegion: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC
This movie is reproduced on a professional-grade DVD-R disc. Cover art is exactly as shown in the image. The DVD comes in a standard 1-disk DVD case.
In addition to Black Magic, you may also enjoy the Orson Welles DVD Set that includes Touch of Evil and Three Cases of Murder.
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