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Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913)

Fantômas - À l'ombre de la guillotine (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 1916 (USA)
Inspector Juve is tasked to investigate and capture an infamous criminal Fantomas.

Director:

Louis Feuillade

Writers:

Marcel Allain (novel), Louis Feuillade | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
René Navarre ... Fantômas / Gurn
Edmund Breon ... Inspector Juve (as Edmond Bréon)
Georges Melchior Georges Melchior ... Jérôme Fandor, journaliste à 'La Capitale'
Renée Carl Renée Carl ... Lady Beltham, maîtresse de Fantômas
Jane Faber Jane Faber ... Princesse Danidoff
André Volbert André Volbert ... L'acteur Valgrand (as Volbert)
Naudier Naudier ... Le gardien Nibet
Maillard Maillard ... L'habilleur de Valgrand
Yvette Andréyor ... Josephine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
André Luguet ... Dollon
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Storyline

Princess Sonia Danidoff is staying at the Royal Palace Hotel, Paris, and withdraws $20,000 from the cashier's custody, placing the notes in a drawer in company with her magnificent rope of pearls. A few moments after a well-dressed stranger steps from behind the curtains and, with the coolest of sangfroid, steals the valuables in the very presence of the princess, and with a polite bow hands her his card and makes a dignified exit. Upon the card the name "Fantomas" slowly appears. The police are quickly upon the scene, but Fantomas, true to his nom de plume, has vanished. Inspector Robert Juve is the sleuth entrusted to track the mysterious marauder. But before Juve has time to move in the matter of the princess's jewels and cash, another escapade of Fantomas' is thrust upon him to investigate. Lord Beltham is missing. Juve calls on Lady Beltham, and in a man's hat finds the initial "G." With so slight a clue Juve tracks down "Gurn" (none other than the elusive Fantomas) to his ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Amazing Early Example of French Cinema
11 April 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Fantômas (Rene Navarre) makes it as the emperor of Crime. First is the robbery at the Royal Palace Hotel. Then he abducts Lord Beltham...

Critic Maurice Raynal wrote that "There is nothing in this involved, compact, and concentrated film but explosive genius." I absolutely agree with this assessment.

Film historians (and amateurs like myself) tend to focus on American innovation (Thomas Edison) and the rise of the German film. While these are important areas (I believe the Germans did more for cinematography than any other group), "Fantomas" shows that the French were in the game, too.

This is an incredible film, and it has been touched up very nicely by the folks at Kino. It could easily pass for being the 1920s...


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