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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 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 last of the 5 films made by Louis Feuillade about ruthless criminal and master of disguise Fantomas
12 September 2013 | by a-cinema-historySee all my reviews

Based on the book Le magistrat cambrioleur (the burglar magistrate) written by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre in 1912 (the 12th of the 43 Fantomas novels) , this is the last of the 5 films made by Louis Feuillade about ruthless criminal and master of disguise Fantomas being chased by police detective Juve helped by journalist Fandor. The story takes place in Saint-Calais in France and Louvain in Belgium.

This is a good example of an early thriller with good acting and fast action. As in other Fantomas films, his talent for disguise and make-up is used, allowing him here to play three different characters. The sets are very well done and the filming on location adds authenticity and historical interest to the film, particularly the views of Louvain just before the first world war. This is probably one of the first films shot on location in two different countries. Although it is mostly filmed with a static camera, occasional panning and tracking is used. Shots alternate between wide and medium shots. The narrative is chronological with cross-cutting making it possible to follow simultaneous actions in different places. In addition to inter-titles, different types of documents are used to inform the viewer.

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