We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Click here for more information.
AcceptReject

Beautiful, interesting, incredible cinema.

See what’s playing
6.5
/10
219 Ratings

Black Magic

Trailer
Directed by Gregory Ratoff, Orson Welles
United States, Italy, 1949
Adventure, Romance, History
      English
      English

Synopsis

Joseph Balsamo, a poor French gypsy with a tragic past, is taken under the wing of Dr. Mesmer who teaches him the secrets of hypnosis. While Balsamo promises the doctor that he will use the power only to help others, he instead abuses his gift in order to steal money and forge a powerful reputation.

Our take

Based on Alexandre Dumas’s novel Joseph Balsamo, this lurid thriller sees a young and magnificent Orson Welles shine in the lead performance as a magician and charlatan. Partly ghost-directed by the man himself, Black Magic is an intoxicating tale of power, hypnosis, and revenge.

Synopsis

Joseph Balsamo, a poor French gypsy with a tragic past, is taken under the wing of Dr. Mesmer who teaches him the secrets of hypnosis. While Balsamo promises the doctor that he will use the power only to help others, he instead abuses his gift in order to steal money and forge a powerful reputation.

Trailer
Black MagicDirected byGregory Ratoff, Orson Welles
Watch now

Showing as part of

  • Loading...
  • Loading...
  • Loading...
  • Loading...

Cast & Crew

Show all (45)

Articles from the Notebook

Luís Azevedo

Related films