Between 1911 and 1914, Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain wrote 12 “pulp” novels about the master criminal, Fantômas, who appears all over Paris, causing fear and destruction. The great French film pioneer Louis Feuillade adapted five of the novels into a series of feverish and fluid feature-length fantasies. Shot all over Paris, the Fantômas films were adored by the public and the Surrealists alike. With René Navarre, Breon, Georges Melchior, Renée Carl. Digital restorations at 18fps. Silent, with simultaneous English translation of French intertitles.
1913. France. Directed by Louis Feuillade. Adapted from the first Fantômas novel. 55 min.
1913. France. Directed by Louis Feuillade. Adapted from the second Fantomas novel. 62 min.
August 15–September 4, 2012
Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film, in association with Gaumont France.
The exhibition is supported in part by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States (www.frenchculture.org).