Fantômas has been arrested and is jailed in Brussels, but inspector Juve wants him arrested and sentenced for all his crimes in France. Thus Juve settles Fantômas' escape so he can be ... See full summary »
Louis Feuillade's 5 1/2-hour epic follows FantÃ'mas, the criminal lord of Paris, master of disguise, the creeping assassin in black, as he is pursued by the equally resourceful Inspector Juve and journalist JerÃ'me Fandor.
Fantômas makes it as the emperor of Crime. First is the robbery at the Royal Palace Hotel. Then he abducts Lord Beltham. As Fantômas' fame increases actor Valgrand creates the rôle of ... See full summary »
Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna. She is sold as a slave in Carthage, and as she is just going to be sacrificed to... See full summary »
During the Civil War, a Southern civilian is about to be hanged for attempting to sabotage a railway bridge. When the execution takes place from the bridge, the rope breaks and he begins his escape toward home.
The butler of the writer Maxime de Borrego goes to the store of an old lady and tells that his boss probably knows the location of the Templars treasure, expecting to receive a reward. The ... See full summary »
Jacques d'Athys, a French adventurer, returns to his home in Nice after an expedition to Indochina where he has picked up a Eurasian fiancée and a book that, unbeknownst to him, contains a ... See full summary »
Fantômas has been arrested and is jailed in Brussels, but inspector Juve wants him arrested and sentenced for all his crimes in France. Thus Juve settles Fantômas' escape so he can be traced to his gang's, in Saint-Calais - France, where apaches Paulet and Ribonard have just robbed the diamonds of the broke Marquis de Tergall. On his way Fantômas kills justice Pradier and decides to go under this disguise when he finds that Pradier had just been appointed to Saint-Calais' court. Written by
...Or else it would have become repetitive and routine.In this movie,Fantomas has lost all his mystery and looks like an unkind Arsene Lupin,another hero famous for his imposture and his humor,a humor Fantomas is completely devoid of.Some scenes are lacking and are replaced by lines on the screen.
In the third and in the fourth movie ,Juve had taken a back sit to what was happening on the screen.In the fifth opus,he is almost absent,and for the first time ,Fandor is not much more present than he is.Fantomas is in the foreground :it's less suspenseful cause we always know what he is up to.
Fantomas is in jail in Belgium .He's got a life sentence but Juve wants him to be guillotined (Feuillade was politically very right-wing)so he helps him to escape so he will get put inside when he crosses the boarder.Of course,you can't think of everything and things do not turn as expected .
"Le Faux Magistrat" involves stolen jewels ,blackmail and ruffians.The scene with the bell in the steeple is really great and is worthy of Hitchcock.
That said ,although I know I 'm going to be torn into pieces,I do not think that the Fantomas saga is made of great films.They are good entertaining flicks ,with ,occasionnally, scenes that are truly excellent.Abel Gance and Maurice Tourneur were already around and they easily surpassed Feuillade.
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