Fantomas - A l'ombre de la guillotine Reviews

  • Aug 03, 2017

    This movie is 104 years old as of now, and it's freaking good. Some critic justly said that this movie couldn't be made now with all these 'justice warriors' who would have demanded Fantomas to be punished. Here, in this picture there's no such thing as a universal justice. The creators are not concerned about 'feelings' and sentiments, they are concerned about how to tell a story right and it to be interesting and fascinating. What really enlivens and modernises the picture is the awesome soundtrack featured on the Blu-Ray edition. It perfectly catches and enhances the mood of this classic.

    This movie is 104 years old as of now, and it's freaking good. Some critic justly said that this movie couldn't be made now with all these 'justice warriors' who would have demanded Fantomas to be punished. Here, in this picture there's no such thing as a universal justice. The creators are not concerned about 'feelings' and sentiments, they are concerned about how to tell a story right and it to be interesting and fascinating. What really enlivens and modernises the picture is the awesome soundtrack featured on the Blu-Ray edition. It perfectly catches and enhances the mood of this classic.

  • Jul 31, 2017

    The film is hailed by many for its innovations on feature length films. Often times it slows down its narrative to allow the audience to adjust themselves in bustling world the characters live in. There are scenes that linger on the mundane, but actually do a lot to establish the setting. One in particular follows the characters from a hotel lobby, into an elevator, then the camera follows the elevator up through several floors before reaching its destination. Surely it's pedestrian in this day and age, but back then these kinds of composition shots were nowhere to be found. Most films from this era cut from location to location, scene to scene, without any fluidity.

    The film is hailed by many for its innovations on feature length films. Often times it slows down its narrative to allow the audience to adjust themselves in bustling world the characters live in. There are scenes that linger on the mundane, but actually do a lot to establish the setting. One in particular follows the characters from a hotel lobby, into an elevator, then the camera follows the elevator up through several floors before reaching its destination. Surely it's pedestrian in this day and age, but back then these kinds of composition shots were nowhere to be found. Most films from this era cut from location to location, scene to scene, without any fluidity.

  • Feb 12, 2014

    The first Fantomas film is a quaint trek through a criminal/detective chessmatch that feels vaguely reminiscent of the Lupin the III series (as a point of comparison, since this way predates Lupin). As a silent film, the amount you enjoy this will be fairly proportional to how much you enjoy silent cinema in general. Makes a decent entry point into the "genre"; not as epic or influential as, say, Metropolis... but nowhere near as long, either.

    The first Fantomas film is a quaint trek through a criminal/detective chessmatch that feels vaguely reminiscent of the Lupin the III series (as a point of comparison, since this way predates Lupin). As a silent film, the amount you enjoy this will be fairly proportional to how much you enjoy silent cinema in general. Makes a decent entry point into the "genre"; not as epic or influential as, say, Metropolis... but nowhere near as long, either.

  • Jul 30, 2012

    At almost a century old it might be more of a history lesson than a great thriller, but it does still hold your interest.

    At almost a century old it might be more of a history lesson than a great thriller, but it does still hold your interest.

  • Jul 10, 2012

    This movie should have a bigger audience than it does. It is one of the earliest crime films and its influence can be seen in films and novels ranging from Diabolik, James Bond, The Shadow and the like. Based on a series of pulp novels that I would love to check out. If you like silent films and early crime films, this is a real treat. It is part of a bigger series that more or less equals an extended serial. It is also the namesake of one of my favorite bands.

    This movie should have a bigger audience than it does. It is one of the earliest crime films and its influence can be seen in films and novels ranging from Diabolik, James Bond, The Shadow and the like. Based on a series of pulp novels that I would love to check out. If you like silent films and early crime films, this is a real treat. It is part of a bigger series that more or less equals an extended serial. It is also the namesake of one of my favorite bands.

  • Aug 17, 2011

    This movie had a huge influence on the French surrealist movement, with many artists using images from it, the sequels,and the series it was based on for their works. it is also the basis of a musical featuring the character I'm working on. The Friends of Fantomas are quite active in the US striving to give this character and his creators the recognition they deserve in this country.

    This movie had a huge influence on the French surrealist movement, with many artists using images from it, the sequels,and the series it was based on for their works. it is also the basis of a musical featuring the character I'm working on. The Friends of Fantomas are quite active in the US striving to give this character and his creators the recognition they deserve in this country.

  • Aug 05, 2011

    Overwrought but still enjoyable start of a series of pulp adaptations about master French criminal Fantomas.

    Overwrought but still enjoyable start of a series of pulp adaptations about master French criminal Fantomas.

  • Feb 03, 2011

    Well made for a 1913 film.

    Well made for a 1913 film.

  • Nov 06, 2010

    You're a mean one, Mr...whatever your name is now!

    You're a mean one, Mr...whatever your name is now!

  • Apr 13, 2010

    An engaging crime narrative (a French forerunner of Lang's Mabuse series), well filmed - indeed incredibly advanced for 1913. Slight but stylish, it is only the first instalment of a five-part film serial. Fantomas, the master criminal, and Juve the detective, are characters worth following. There are hints here of a wider social conspiracy beyond Fantomas himself...

    An engaging crime narrative (a French forerunner of Lang's Mabuse series), well filmed - indeed incredibly advanced for 1913. Slight but stylish, it is only the first instalment of a five-part film serial. Fantomas, the master criminal, and Juve the detective, are characters worth following. There are hints here of a wider social conspiracy beyond Fantomas himself...