Shadowman, a thief whose head is covered by a red mask, and his cat-suited assistant try to find the fabled treasure of the ancient Knight Templars from a surviving sect in Paris. —IMDb
Georges Franju (12 April 1912 – 5 November 1987) was a French filmmaker. He was born in Fougères, Ille-et-Vilaine.
Before working in French cinema, Franju had several different jobs. These included working for an insurance company and in a noodle factory. Franju was also briefly in the military in Algeria and was discharged in 1932. On his return, Franju studied to become a set designer and later created backdrops for music halls including Casino de Paris and the Folles Bergère.
In the mid-thirties, Franju and Henri Langlois met through Franju’s twin brother Jacques Franju. As well as creating the 16 mm short film Le Métro, Langois and Franju also started a short-lived film magazine and created a film club called Le Cercle du Cinema with 500 francs he borrowed from Langlois’ parents. The club showed silent films from their own collections followed by an informal debate about them amongst members. From Le Cercle du Cinema, Franju and Langlois founded the Cinématheque… read more
Though by this time, he'd lost his gift for making languorousness seem like ballet and not like tedium, Franju was still a master of the indelible. There are images here that are unforgettable and Shadowman is one of the cinema's most compelling characters both in his manner and appearance. Of course I'd be lying if I said at least a half a star wasn't for Gayle Hunnicutt and her catsuit.
Some wildly different posters, and some marvellous ephemera, for Franju’s final film maudit.