Picking up my question from the Locarno Wrap Up-thread, I'd like to inquire if anyone has made the experience that possibly there could be two (extremely slightly different) edits of 'Black Magic'.
I am aware of the fact that 'Black Magic' isn't held in high esteem ... yet I still think that it is justified to try to make an albeit small commentary.
So far I was lucky enough to have seen the film only once at a screening - in Locarno. A title card identified it as a print from the Library of Congress (105 min.). The only other source I can judge from is a bootleg DVD of considerable horrible quality (also 105 min.).
The only hint that there could be two edits is based upon my (hopefully not wrong) remembrance of the LoC-print omitting at least one of two scenes between Welles and Tamiroff sitting at a table with Welles doing magic tricks and explaining Tamiroff the next steps he will take and another scene (2.) where I believe a few lines were cut in the LoC-print. If my memory is incorrect (and I fear it is, which means that I am not even sure if my recollections below are accurate), I apologize for bringing up a non-existent issue.
In the following I'd like to point out - in a pretty rough way - some differences I imagined I did notice/noticed when watching the LoC-print. Compared to the DVD there are at least six places with additional scenes, maybe even a whole scene is placed differently (with additional material). On the other hand (as mentioned above) maybe only one scene and some lines of dialogue were omitted.
1. scene where Joseph is tortured by the men of de Montagne
the LoC-print has additional shots of the gypsies before they rescue Joseph
2. Inn. as de Montagne presents his 'patient' to Cagliostro
as the scenes with Lorenza's recounting her story to Cagliostro end, c: to Cagliostro sitting at her bedside; the LoC-print omitts Cagliostro asking Lorenza further questions, it proceeds somewhat promptly with Gitano entering the room
3. Inn. when de Montagne leaves the room as Gilbert arrives
in the LoC-print there are additional shots of Cagliostro (a great one near the stairs) alone, and with Gitano when they carry Lorenza to their carriage.
4. Paris. scene after the first 'visit' of Gilbert at Cagliostro's house
the LoC-print has additional shots of Cagliostro walking through several rooms, reaching Lorenzas bed, c: Cagliostro sitting alone for quite a while before Lorenza approaches (at that point the DVD-v sets in)
5. scene in bedroom
in the LoC-print there is an additional scene which I am unfortunately unable to place somewhere (I guess it must have been between the scene of Mme. du Barry's and de Montagne's first visit to Cagliostro and the scene at the court):
Gilbert has finally achieved to see Lorenza, they are seen in her bedroom, embracing and kissing, Cagliostro eavesdropping at the door, entering the room, where he confronts them and hypnotizes Lorenza so that she won't leave, Gilbert puzzled at her change, leaves alone. After he has left the room, Cagliostro sits down at the bedside with an expression on his face that leaves little doubt to his intentions ...
in the DVD-v this scene is missing, yet I suspect that some shots of Gilbert and Lorenza were incorporated later in the DVD-v in the scene when Gilbert tries a second time to abduct Lorenza.
In the DVD-v this scene is placed after the court-scene and the one between Mme. du Barry, de Montagne, Cagliostro and the jeweler. Gilbert is shown using force when entering Cagliostro's house, goes to Lorenza - with probably the same shots as in the LoC-print 'described' above - and Zoraida is seen eavesdropping.
I can't remember whether the LoC-print did include this scene.
6. 'first' scene between Cagliostro and Gitano at a table
I don't remember whether this scene was also present in the LoC-print.
In the DVD-v this scene is placed between the death of the king and the scene in Cagliostro's house where de Montagne tries to take Lorenza away.
7. scene in Lorenza's bedroom as de Montagne wants to take Lorenza away
I think that the LoC-print did include a shot of Cagliostro standing at her bedside before de Montagne appears.
In the DVD-v there is cut from the scene between de Montagne and his men fighting downstairs, to de Montagne as he enters Lorenza's bedroom
8. scene at Lorenza's grave
(once again I'm not sure): I think in the LoC-print there's a bit of additional dialogue before Cagliostro's line "Wake up, Lorenza" between him and Gitano. Also I thought that the ending was different (also with more dialogue in the LoC-print). The DVD-v 'ending': (Gitano) Leave her there, leave her (Cagliostro) No, no (Gitano) Leave her there (Cagliostro) No ...
9. 'second' scene between Cagliostro and Gitano at the table
I'm quite sure that this scene is missing in the LoC-print.
In the DVD-v it is placed exactly after the scene at Lorenza's grave and before the cut to de Montagne receiving the fake letter (and Dumas Sr narration: "And so through his love to one woman and his hate for one man ...")
I apologize for this bad attempt ... nevertheless I hope somebody wants to clarify the situation ...