- Originally released 1913-1914
- Number of Discs: 3
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 5 hours, 11 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: September 21, 2010
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Two audio commentaries by film historian David Kalat
- Two rare Feuillade films: The Nativity and the Dwarf
- Louis Feuillade: Master of Many Farms, a ten-minute documenatry
- Gallery of images
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 09/17/2010
"In the oppressively orderly culture of prewar Europe, FANTOMAS offered a fantasy of violent escape and perfect autonomy."
Description by OLDIES.com:
The Fantomas series is a silent crime film serial consisting of five episodes, based on the novels of the same name, each an hour to an hour and a half in length, which end in cliffhangers, i.e., episodes one and three end with Fantomas making a last minute escape, the end of the second movie has Fontomas blowing up Lady Beltham's manor house with Juve and Fandor, the heroes, still inside. The subsequent episodes begin with a recap of the story that has gone before. Each film is further divided into three or more chapters that do not end in cliffhangers.
One of the more popular silent film serials to emerge from Europe during the first half of the Twentieth Century, Louis Feuillade's FANTOMAS (1913-14) stars René Navarre as the title character, the "criminal lord" of Paris, who succeeds at pulling off one dastardly crime after another via ruthless cunning and a swift ability to slip into whatever disguise best suits the moment. This box set contains all five installments of the FANTOMAS serial: FANTOMAS IN THE SHADOW OF THE GUILLOTINE (1913), JUVE VS. FANTOMAS (1913), THE MURDEROUS CORPSE (1913), FANTOMAS VS. FANTOMAS (1914), and THE FALSE MAGISTRATE (1914).