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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 ... Jérôme Fandor, journaliste à 'La Capitale'
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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1916 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Silent film at its best
12 September 2005 | by jmducatSee all my reviews

The story of Fantomas's exploits and adventures are also those of the woman he loves and the men trying to catch him. In a time when films still used novelty to draw crowds these shorts entertained audiences with exhilarating escapes, astounding disguises, and taboo violence. Fantomas is a series of five short films produced in the golden age of silent film in France, 1913 to 1914. Each episode continues the story of the criminal Fantomas has he evades Inspector Juve time and time again. These films were directed by Louis Feuillade and produced by the Gaumont studios. Critics and fans worldwide have enjoyed these films and the mystery/detective novels they were based on.


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