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Fantomas (1964)

Fantômas (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Adventure | 4 November 1964 (France)
Criminal mastermind Fantômas, a man of a thousand faces, is unhappy with Fandor, a journalist who's written a fictive interview of him. He kidnaps Fandor, threatens to kill him, but first ... See full summary »

Director:

André Hunebelle

Writers:

Pierre Souvestre (novels), Marcel Allain (novels) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Marais ... Fantômas / Fandor
Louis de Funès ... Le commissaire Juve
Mylène Demongeot ... Hélène
Jacques Dynam ... L'inspecteur Bertrand
Robert Dalban ... Le directeur du journal
Marie-Hélène Arnaud Marie-Hélène Arnaud ... Lady Beltham
Anne-Marie Peysson Anne-Marie Peysson ... La speakerine
Christian Toma Christian Toma ... Un inspecteur
Michel Duplaix Michel Duplaix ... Un inspecteur
Andrée Tainsy Andrée Tainsy ... L'habilleuse
Hugues Wanner Hugues Wanner
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Un garde du corps / Bodyguard
Jacques Berger Jacques Berger
Pierre Collet Pierre Collet ... Un agent
Henri Guégan Henri Guégan
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Storyline

Criminal mastermind Fantômas, a man of a thousand faces, is unhappy with Fandor, a journalist who's written a fictive interview of him. He kidnaps Fandor, threatens to kill him, but first goes about ruining the journalist's reputation by committing a sensational crime in Fandor's guise. Hot on the trail is police Commissaire Juve, so Fantômas commits a crime looking like him. Soon, our intrepid heroes, Fandor and Juve, with the help of Fandor's girlfriend Hélène, are on the mastermind's trail, but who's in control? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Men Hunt Him Down - Women Look Him Up! Super-Thief ... Master Lover ... He's out to ransack the world!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 November 1964 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantomas See more »

Filming Locations:

Chérence, Val-d'Oise, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For the stunts in the motorbike, Rémy Julienne was Jean Marais's double and Louis de Funès was a dummy. See more »

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A lot of time past between Fantomas taken Juve and Fandor out of jail and the police finding out that they escaped. But just right after that, the police locate them with the helicopter, even though they did not know which way they took and which car they used. See more »

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Hilarious black comedy
4 September 2001 | by aklockeSee all my reviews

I watched this film tonight on TV5 again for the first time in 20+ years and loved it. I had always wanted to see it again because it had left only good memories from when I was a teenager and watched it on German TV where it was very popular in the 70s. The main character is an evil rogue who outwits his pursuers by his skills in disguise and technical resources. The film (and its sequels) is based on a series of 1910s French pulp novels which have only sparsely been released in the U.S. (sadly unavailable in print right now). The novels influenced French surrealist and avant-garde artists/writers because of their fascination with moral transgression and black humor (a term coined by the surrealist Andre Breton in the 1930s). If you like slapstick comedy you will also enjoy Louis de Funes in the role of Inspector Juve. Sure, the film is badly made by today's standards and technically not as brilliant as the 1960s James Bond movies that it mocks--but, hey, at least the bad guy is smarter than the good ones, which is still refreshing to see compared to most oh-so-morally-PC Hollywood flicks today.

Enjoy!


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