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on 23 October 2008
The story of Fantomas is divided into 5 separate films of about an hour each in length, although one runs approx 90 mins. Fantomas is a arch-criminal. He is a master of disguises, has a loyal group of followers and is ruthless in his actions. He is pursued throughout the 5 films by his nemesis, Inspector Juve and a reporter Jérôme Fandor.
Fantomas is one of the most entertaining silents I've seen and holds up well next to contemporary movies too. Each episode is creative, entertaining and the 5+ hours running time seemed to pass very quickly.
The picture quality is good and the colour tinting enhances viewing. One thing I was very impressed with was the music score. It really added to the atmosphere and enjoyment of the films. Excellent.
Unfortunately, some of the last film has been lost and is replaced with text but does not seriously affect the overall enjoyment of this set.
I would recommend Fantomas to any fans of silent films or anyone wishing to try something different. Actually, since watching Fantomas I've since ordered Louis Feuillade's 'Les Vampires' and 'Judex' which I'm really looking forward to seeing. I thought a 1913 series may be very basic and perhaps unwatchable but I was pretty blown away!