Orson Welles at 100: BLACK MAGIC

Black Magic (1949)Directed by Gregory Ratoff, Orson WellesShown: Orson Welles

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.

35mm preservation print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

BLACK MAGIC screens Sunday, December 20 at 4:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our Orson Welles at 100 series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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