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René Navarre as Fantômas Fantômas (1913-1914) Fantômas in the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913), Juve vs. Fantômas (1913), The Murderous Corpse (1913), Fantômas vs. Fantômas (1914), The False Magistrate (1914) Direction: Louis Feuillade Screenplay: Louis Feuillade; from Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain's novels Cast: René Navarre, Edmond Bréon, Georges Melchior, Renée Carl, Jane Faber True cinephiles know what to say when asked to explain the relative aggregate crumminess of the films they've bothered to see in 2010: "Too many lousy genre movies … everything's based on some pre-sold franchise property … one sequel after another…" Well, bully for true cinephiles – they can go waste their time at whatever dour, sexless movie Clint Eastwood's directing this week. The rest of us will be left to enjoy Kino's recent boxed set of Louis Feuillade's Fantômas films which, in addition to committing each of the above-enumerated crimes, is one of the best archival releases [...] »

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