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Fantômas: The False Magistrate (1914)

Le faux magistrat (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 10 July 1914 (USA)
Having committed murder in Belgium, Fantomas is sentenced to life imprisonment. Two crimes committed in France suggest to inspector Juve that the Fantomas gang is still at work. He ... See full summary »

Director:

Louis Feuillade

Writers:

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

Cast overview:
René Navarre ... Fantômas / Le juge d'instruction Pradier
Edmund Breon ... Inspector Juve (as Edmond Bréon)
Georges Melchior ... Jérôme Fandor, journaliste
Mesnery Mesnery ... Le marquis de Tergall
Laurent Morléas Laurent Morléas ... L'apache Paulet
Jean-François Martial Jean-François Martial ... Ribonard (as Martial)
Germaine Pelisse Germaine Pelisse ... La marquise de Tergall
Suzanne Le Bret Suzanne Le Bret ... Rosa, la femme de chambre
Jane Faber Jane Faber ... Princesse Danidoff
Renée Carl ... Lady Beltham
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Having committed murder in Belgium, Fantomas is sentenced to life imprisonment. Two crimes committed in France suggest to inspector Juve that the Fantomas gang is still at work. He conceives the idea that if Fantomas is set free it will be possible to follow him and capture him and the remaining members of the gang. The villain escapes from prison and makes his way to the railroad station and boards a train where he is tracked by private detectives. When the train stops at a country station, Fantomas alights with the intention of making good his escape, but he finds that he is being followed by two detectives, whom he recognizes. He goes back to his carriage, which leads the detectives to think he is quite safe, but he crosses the train and leaves by the opposite door, jumping into the baggage wagon of the train on the opposite rail. Just at that moment the train moves and a magistrate who happens to have nearly missed the train also jumps into the baggage wagon. Fantomas was who ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 July 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

(1999 restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Final episode of Fantomas.
18 October 2007 | by LeundSee all my reviews

"Le Faux Magistrat" is the final episode of Louis Feuillade's crime serial Fantomas. It is pretty nice ending to a brilliant series although I hoped for more dramatic episode, but still the ending has a very dramatic twist. The Episode starts really well with the jewelery crime and Fantomas escape from prison. Also nice thing about this episode is that it concentrates more on the character of Fantomas than the previous episodes that have focused more on inspector Juve and his journalist associate Fandor.

Fantomas is excellent series by Louis Feuillade that has not gotten the attention that it should deserve. It is exceptionally well made for pre-1920s serial. Recommended for all film buffs, especially those of particular interest for french silent cinema.


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