Fantômas - À l'ombre de la guillotine
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Fantômas - À l'ombre de la guillotine
Fantomas was the umbrella title for five different multi-part serials, all produced and directed by the prolific Louis Feuillade. Reversing the usual cliché, the "hero" of these serials was the villain, a slick, deadly master criminal known as "Fantomas" because of his predilection for wearing elaborate disguises. Motivated by a curious code of honor, Fantomas gets just as much pleasure out of baffling the police as he does committing his crimes. Unlike later serials, many of the Fantomas episodes were self-contained stories, some running as much as an hour; one of the… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The series start shows Fantomas in disguise and Juve's obsession with capturing him."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"[E]ven with contemporary eyes you can see why audiences embraced its dime novel deliriousness and surrealists appreciated its mix of elaborate schemes and incoherent complications."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"The film is chiefly best at creating a bizarre, off-kilter mood."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"For something that's now 97 years old, it's a terrific, hugely entertaining film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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