studying the occult, an Italian count named Alessandro Cagliostro returns
to his castle claiming he had been granted the gift of supernatural
powers. Based on the true story of Cagliostro, the reality of his condition
is as contradictory as the legends themselves. Some people honored him
as a divine healer while others condemned him as a charlatan. In this
story, he has two purposes to his life: first, to travel throughout
Europe healing the poor; and second, to organize a secretive cult [The
Knight Templars] of unorthodox religious beliefs. His very existence
is seen as a threat to the 18th century government officials. They involve
the Pope and the regal house of France to eliminate him.
is a major, controversial film from first time director Daniele Pettinari
that didn't win any friends at the Vatican. The film was condemned by
the Catholic Church - which had more influence in 1975 than it does
today - and filmmaker Pettinari found the Industry had closed their
doors to him much like the experience of the character in his movie.
Mr Pettinari would make only one other feature La Borgata DeiSogni
(The Region of Dreams), a boxoffice and critical failure in 1978 before
disappearing from the scene.
Italian film in English language; fullscreen format, uncut version (101
DVD encoded for ALL REGIONS NTSC; extras include selected theatrical trailers.
For Adult Audiences