| 1964 – 104′ – Classic – Mystery, Action, Comedy –
Written by Pierre Foucaud, Jean Halain.
Directed by Andre Hunebelle.
Starring Jean Marais, Louis de Funès, Mylène Demongeot.
In French with English subtitles.
A Kino Lorber release |
Based on the phenomenally popular French pulp novellas, Louis Feuillade’s outrageous, ambitious FANTÔMAS series became the gold standard of espionage serials in pre-WWI Europe, and laid the foundation for such immortal works as Feuillade’s own Les Vampires and Fritz Lang’s Dr. Mabuse films.René Navarre stars as the criminal lord of Paris, the master of disguise, the creeping assassin in black: Fantômas. Over the course of three feature films (which combined to form a 5 1/2-hour epic), Fantômas, along with his accomplices and mistresses, are pursued by the equally resourceful Inspector Juve (Louis de Funès) and his friend, journalist Jerôme Fandor (Jean Marais).