Paris is in the grip of an unseen, nameless, terror, against which the police are powerless to act. A criminal organisation known as the Vampires create fear and mayhem, killing, looting, abducting – no crime is too daring, or too despicable. Little is known about the gang of villains except that they are led by the Grand Vampire and his seductive partner, Irma Vep. A journalist, Philippe Guerande, investigating the murder of a government official soon runs up against the Vampires, and so begins his long crusade to rid Paris of this evil scourge… –filmsdefrance.com
Louis Feuillade was an important and extremely prolific director of early silent films. Born in Lunel, France, Feuillade attended a Catholic seminary as a boy and then served four years in the cavalry before moving to Paris in 1898. By 1902, he had become a writer for the Right Wing royalist press and four years later began working in French film as a screenwriter. A short time after that, he began directing films. In 1907, Feuillade was appointed chief of production in charge of supervising all of Gaumont films, a job he did in addition to directing. During his less-than 20-year career, the hard-working Feuillade directed over 800 films of different lengths and a wide variety of genres; he also wrote at least 100 film scripts for other directors. In 1915, he served in the French army but was seriously wounded and discharged. Feuillade is best remembered for directing the Fantomas and the Vampire series of fantasies and for being the first to utilize the camera techniques that would… read more
I liked third episode most. reminded me of Mabuse the Gambler and Bond movies. These serial films (Judex, Fantomas etc.) probably inspire to create fictional organisations like Spectre and Marvel's Hydra.
The surreal travels of a pearl, a thief, a sleepwalker, a young man and his lover. Watch the entire short film here!
In a Spanish variant on the Fantomas model, a team of black-clad criminals works to gain possession of secret treasure…
una serie encantadora que goza de creatividad tan fresca como 1915 podía aportar a la pantalla. después de verla se entiende el éxito que debió tener en su momento y se antoja mucho ver fantomas… read review