Belphegor: Phantom of the Louvre (2001)
"Belphégor - Le fantôme du Louvre" (original title)

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A collection of artifacts from an archeological dig in Egypt are brought to the famous Louvre museum in Paris, and while experts are using a laser scanning device to determine the age of a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa / Belphégor
Frédéric Diefenthal ...
Glenda Spender
Jean-François Balmer ...
Bertrand Faussier
Patachou ...
Lionel Abelanski ...
Françoise Lépine ...
Suzanne Dupré
François Levantal ...
Jacques Martial ...
Philippe Maymat ...
Pierre Aussedat ...
Pierre Desfontaines
Matteo Vallon ...
Cemetary employee
Jean-Claude Bolle-Reddat ...
Cemetary warden
Juliette Gréco ...
Woman in the cemetary


A collection of artifacts from an archeological dig in Egypt are brought to the famous Louvre museum in Paris, and while experts are using a laser scanning device to determine the age of a sarcophagus, a ghostly spirit escapes and makes its way into the museum's electrical system. Museum curator Faussier (Jean-Francois Balmer) brings in a noted Egyptologist, Glenda Spencer, to examine the findings, and she announces that the mummy inside the coffin was actually the evil spirit Belphegor. Lisa, who lives across the street from the museum, follows her runaway cat into the museum after closing time, where she is accidentally given a shock that sends the stray spirit into her body. Soon, Lisa is disguising herself as Belphegor and making off with the rare Egyptian treasures on display at the museum, convinced that they are rightfully hers. When "Belphegor" proves more than a match for the Louvre's security forces, renowned detective Verlac is brought out of retirement to find out why the ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

4 April 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Belphegor: Phantom of the Louvre  »

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FRF 105,000,000 (estimated)

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Juliette Gréco's appearance is a nod to her leading role in the popular 1965 television adaptation of Arthur Bernède's novel, Belphegor (1965). See more »

Crazy Credits

After the music credits: "This music participates to the endangered pharaonic instrument: EL ARGHOULE." The credits acknowledge an "el arghoule" player. See more »


References Belphegor: Le Louvre (1965) See more »


Les Nuits de Belphegor
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Tragique... disappointment

My blurred childhood memories have kept the echo of the cult serie of Belphégor in the French 60's... so I was eager to see the big screen adaptation. I should have kept my money and gone for a stroll in the Louvre.

The idea of the scenario is still very apt and interesting (the fantom of Le Louvre) but the adaptation is ridiculous. The dialogues hesitate permanently between French irony and serious "American business" without achieving neither but not without sounding asinine.

Acting leaves somehow to be desired and special effects are meager compared to what one could expect (low budget ?).

What is left of all that. Not much outside a few good shots of Paris ... which is seldom a disappointment.

Belphégor was worth more than that.

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