Fantômas – À l’ombre de la guillotine (France, 1913)

The Fantomas is regarded as a classic serial. Approaching 100 years old it is only impressive from an historical viewpoint as the pacing, for an action film, is far too slow by our standards. However, it’s easy to see how impressive this would’ve been in the early years of cinema; even now the shot in a theatre box, with the stage in background (deep focus nearly 30 years before Citzen Kane), is striking. So it is a classic and interesting to see how Feuillade constructed his narrative space. (DVD)

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