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Directed by George Ratoff

United States 1949 105 mins.

Meteoric rise and precipitous fall—hallmarks of Welles’ work, especially in the 1940s—are given the magical treatment in Black Magic, an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ 1848 novel Cagliostro. Welles plays the magician Cagliostro, who, following a literally torturous childhood, rises to fame after he learns the art of hypnosis and uses his new skill to exact revenge on the court of Louis XV. The film bears many of Welles’ signature cinematic flourishes, including stunning use of point-of-view camera.

Genres: Fantasy, Drama

Appears in: Orson Welles at 100