Fantômas is the Lord of Terror, the Genius of Evil, the arch-criminal anti-hero of a series of 32 pre-WWI French thrillers written by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain. He carries out the most appalling crimes: substituting sulfuric acid in the perfume dispensers at a Parisian department store, releasing plague-infested rats on an ocean liner, or forcing a victim to witness his own execution by placing him face-up in a guillotine.
In 1912, Apollinaire founded the Societe des Amis de Fantomas
which included prominent artists and writers. Magritte
considered Fantomas to be a major influence in many of his paintings. Fantomas was not only a comic book but also spawned
films, tv and radio shows and plays. (There is, of course, a modern band
as well)(I read the Mexican comic book
as a child)
posted by vacapinta
on Sep 14, 2002 -
Now, this is just odd... The case, which has shocked France, came to light on Saturday with police saying the 19-year-old man had been beaten with a baton, burnt with an iron, raped, had his nose smashed, his ears half torn off and starved.
I have read of some strange stories of people taking advantage of others, though this strikes me as odd. Again, those questions of WHY
smack you in the forehead!
posted by Kodel
on Sep 2, 2002 -
Is this the big one?
With some 18,000 sick and over 700 people having died of the flu in a country the size of France over the past couple of months, I find it odd that the media seems obsesessed with the US / Iraq thing and missing children.
The 1918 flu epidemic killed some 675,00 Americans alone, with a global tally in excess of 20 MILLION killed.
Some of the photos taken back then are pretty grim
. It seems the power of influenza is that it (ahhem) mutates
and thats why it could once again be a big killer. Cynical as it might sound, as a race maybe we need
something like this to teach us that we've got a lot more in common with each other than skin colour and religion might otherwise lead us to believe. ObDisclaimer: I'm unemployed right now, have maybe six months of canned goods in the flat; if this hits London, I ain't opening my door to nobody
posted by Mutant
on Aug 30, 2002 -
Bon voyage, mes amis...
France now holds the dubious honor of being the first World Cup champs to drop out in the first round of the subsequent Cup tournament (i.e. Champs in '98/Goats in '02) since Brazil '66.
Somebody, strike up Sergio Mendez for me...
posted by Bixby23
on Jun 11, 2002 -
"I get a lot of questions like 'Why are you the King of France?'
Hopefully, this document will help those who just don't understand the overwhelming obviousness of it all. Then they can stop living in denial."
posted by moz
on May 27, 2002 -
There is no far-right Vichyite renaissance in France
, no Pieds Noirs uprising, nor, really, is there any antiSemitic rampage (Le Pen is spasmodically anti-Semitic but systematically anti-immigrant; i.e., anti-Arab.), but it's a safe bet that Jean-Marie Le Pen can never peacefully become President of the French Republic. It used to be said that for evil to triumph it was necessary only for good men to do nothing; in France, historically, for evil to enter it is necessary for good men to tell other good men that nothing is the best thing a good man can do. As the French are now being reminded, it is better to muddle through with your pants around your ankles than to die lucidly with your nose in the air.
How relevent these words and events are here in the US?
posted by semmi
on May 5, 2002 -
Now we know why French was required in school : échangisme, libertinism, Cléopâtre
"For the past 18 months Jean-Charles and Sylvie have had a standing date with each other and with a changing cast of instantly made new best friends at a private club in central Paris called Cléopâtre...échangisme, she said, is something more interesting than the movies to do on a Saturday night...nearly 50 restaurants, clubs and saunas in Paris openly cater to heterosexual adventurers. " Time to bring back Plato's Retreat. [NYT reg req]
posted by Voyageman
on Apr 30, 2002 -
The French presidential election run-off will be between the conservative Chirac and the extreme-right Le Pen. What's a French liberal to do?
posted by liam
on Apr 21, 2002 -
French culture in crisis ?
After the Vivendi Universal
french CEO Jean-Marie Messier
chairman Pierre Lescure yesterday, many questions arise
. Will Vivendi, through Canal+, continue to help French cinema the way Canal+ did in the past ? Is this the last straw in a long series of acts and declarations from Vivendi's CEO against "Franco-French cultural exception" ? Has The Man finally won in France ? What's to happen in all the other countries were Vivendi (or any of the BigCo) basically owns
the culture through local companies ?
posted by XiBe
on Apr 17, 2002 -
French politicians polish cultural credentials. France's presidential hopefuls have begun pledging to defend the country's cherished culture, hoping to drum up support from artists worried that American films and music will steamroll finer French productions.
This rhetoric makes it sound like American films are picking up guns to massacre poor defenseless French culture. Maybe American films are so successful because they give people something that the "finer French productions" don't, and if so, then is that such a horrible thing? After all, we are just giving the people what they want, right? And if that takes money away from more artsy productions, then whose fault is that anyway?
posted by epimorph
on Apr 8, 2002 -
English amnesiac may be porn star.
"Philip Staufen" tried to convince Canadian authorities that he was an English citizen who suffered from amnesia as a result of a beating. As it turns out, he may
be George Lecheit, a French gay porn star. Authorities aren't ready to close the case yet, but even his lawyer doubts the amnesia theory. In a previous MeFi thread
, a few people took the Canadian government to task for not helping Staufen return to the UK. In light of recent developments, did Ottawa make the right decision?
posted by likorish
on Jan 21, 2002 -
The Night They Invented Champagne...
Tonight's the night for Champagne
. Meaning French. No other is as appropriate or necessary. If you know nothing - or a lot - about this most pleasant and aphrodisiac of all wines, you should still get more serious about it. The Champagne Growers' Association
has an excellent website where you can learn how to chill
and properly taste
Champagne. They'll even send you four free, attractive little notebooks
to keep in your cocktail cabinet. The green roll-down menus
are all enlightening and to the point.
But don't think the French have all the experts. There's this amazing American website, called IntoWine
, put up by the M2 Communications Wine Education Center
, which is just as wise and, typically, more complete and snobbish.
Their Champagne section
is faultless. Compare cultures by noting how they serve
Champagne. Check out their full list of Champagne houses
and related movies
Happy New Year, MetaFilter!
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Dec 31, 2001 -
is what we say, but the french seem to have a different way of asking the same question.
posted by semper
on Oct 10, 2001 -
A veritable potpourri of je ne sais quoi
: so, I'm just dinkin' around, looking things up from my wish list, compiled before I got online at home,
tonight's quest was 'Virgil Finlay
and I back into
this incredible virtual theme park devoted to the greatest living American science fiction author
(that lifted straight from my show's
, ahem, links
page, that), imo--no humble here and now--and it's got starcharts of the Oikumene
...gee, did I say it was a French site? And Rpgs and on and on and on...You 'could her nipples be any harder?'
Klingon forehead hair splitting color TV babies have no idea: the technology does not exist to take his work to screen. The man is the premiere prose stylist of the genre and this concept has merit, I tells ya...
posted by y2karl
on Oct 2, 2001 -
So, is there any chance the Tour De France will become more popular with US viewers? Or even that our own Tour will reach the interest levels displayed in Europe? I was absolutely on the edge of my seat during Armstrong's rush today, and I'm nothing of a biker.
posted by Kikkoman
on Jul 17, 2001 -
The movie censored in France opens in the US this week. Base-Moi
is being translated by the newspapers as "Rape Me" but a better translation would be "Fuck Me," which better indicates that sexual power that the main female characters have. They use sex as a weapon, as the gateway firearm to murders and massacre. Violent, bloody, aggressively sexual, even pornographic, filled with "chic amoralism," as the New York Times
says, and perhaps difficult to redeem. Gratuitous everything.
posted by Mo Nickels
on Jul 6, 2001 -
France's 35-hour work week
has boosted the economy and proved a hit with both employees and their bosses. "If the French experiment works then the UK Government may be forced to look at France rather than the U.S. for new ideas about reforming the jobs market." Thanks to AlterNet
for the link.
posted by fleener
on Jun 30, 2001 -
Tapez 3615 Pour Fair Votre Resérvation sur Minitél...
Long Ago, before the Web, there was France's Minitel teletext. The French consider it a succès
; I'm not so sure, since a Minitel terminal was never demonstrably more useful than than a touchtone phone in North America. In any case, Minitel may offer some lessons as to what type of Web commerce are and are not commercially viable.
posted by ParisParamus
on Jun 2, 2001 -
Technology Weblog in French
The Other Solitude finally has a 10.am
-style technology Weblog, Pssst
. Vaguely hard to navigate. The hot news appears to be in /actu/
. ¶ Fun fact: French for Weblog
is either webabillard
and Italian, Dutch, and German weblog
posted by joeclark
on Feb 7, 2001 -
Not Dubbing the Simpsons
The Office de la langue française and others are up in arms (ils capotent
) about anglicisms in Internet discourse. Business 2.0 talked about it
. Branchez-Vous writes a short, cutting article
, giving those who pepper their French with English enough rope to hang themselves. («Dans la catégorie "Un
mot français, un mot anglais et hop!," le prix revient à Rational Software France, the e-development company, qui a annoncé la nomination d'André Arich au poste de Partner Manager pour sa filiale française, ainsi que le lancement en France du programme de partenariat Rational Unified Partner Program (RUPP).
») ¶ Strangely, French has a nicer word for E-mail than English does: courriel
is the OLF
's official bilingual tech dictionary.)
posted by joeclark
on Jan 5, 2001 -
Yahoo appeals to U.S. District Court
to avoid being regulated by the French government. This is one of the first important cases testing jurisdiction on ecommerce sites, and neither side appears to be backing down.
posted by jed
on Dec 27, 2000 -