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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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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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Details

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 »

Goofs

Fandor and Juve don't see Fantomas jump out of the locomotive, nevertheless they continue the chase and they arrive to the beach just after Fantomas take his boat. See more »

Connections

Version of Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913) See more »

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the French answer to James Bond - part 1
1 March 2015 | by wvisser-leusdenSee all my reviews

One must travel back to the 19-Sixties to appreciate 'Fantomas' to the full.

In those days English James Bond was taking off with his second or third film, creating a hype that is exceptional in film-history right up to this day. According to the customs back then, the French came up with 'Fantomas', providing a counter-weight that made considerable impact. However, in the long run James Bond has lived on while Fantomas is by now clear history.

Watching this film for the first time since 1965 or so, one must conclude that 'Fantomas' makes a comedy, as well as a clever persiflage of the contemporary James Bond (performed by Sean Connery). Shot with the techniques available back then, catching well-acted roles by prominent French actors and actresses of those years.

For those who were not around in 1965, I fear that 'Fantomas' has not much to offer. Knowledge about the mid-Sixties is necessary to understand this film to the full.


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