The Crime Epics of Louis Feuillade
May 31, 2013 1:37 PM Subscribe
The Vampires, a secret federation of thieves and killers, rule the Paris underworld through intimidation, murder, and a certain diabolic je ne sais quoi. After the headless body of the police inspector in charge of the Vampire investigation turns up in a swamp, dauntless reporter Philipe Guérande steps up his efforts to bring the gang to justice. But is he equal to the schemes of the protean Grand Vampire and his lieutenant, the cat burglar, assassin, and sometime torch singer called Irma Vep? And can anyone hope to prevail against the rogue criminal Moréno and the unearthly power of his gaze?Les Vampires (1915-1916), Louis Feuillade's six and a half hour film serial, still communicates the nerve, pace, and delirium that inspired Lang, Hitchcock, Assayas and Maddin. Here are all ten episodes of this "supreme delight of cinema." Three more of Feuillade's best serials wait below the cut.
A daring theft in the Royal Palace Hotel proclaims the reign of Fantômas—master criminal, pitiless assassin, the terror with a hundred names! (Based on the book series by Allain and Souvestre.)
I: "In the Shadow of the Guillotine"
II: "Juve versus Fantômas"
III: "The Death That Kills"
IV: "Fantômas versus Fantômas"
V: "The False Magistrate"
The enigmatic avenger Judex, resplendent in cape and slouch hat, has planned an ambitious program of retribution against the corrupt banker Favraux. But when a pair of international criminals launch their vicious counterplot, not even the aid of Judex's circus folk allies and his pack of ludicrously well-trained dogs may be enough to win the day!
I: "The Mysterious Shadow" [part 2]
II: "Retribution" [part 2]
III: "The Fantastic Dog Pack" [part 2] [part 3]
IV: "The Secret of the Tomb" [part 2]
V: "The Tragic Mill" [part 2]
VI: "The Licorice Kid" [part 2]
VII: "The Woman in Black" [part 2]
VIII: "The Underground Passages of the Chateau-Rouge" [part 2]
IX: "When the Child Appeared" [part 2]
[Episodes 10 through 12 unavailable]
Bonus: Judex, Georges Franju's 1963 feature-length remake.
A feverish dream of treasures, revengers, mesmerists, pursuits, escapes, disguises, and betrayals; a great favorite with Rosenbaum and fellow Feuillade fanboy Edward Gorey. The complete serial is infamously rare, but an unrestored five and a half hour cut exists on YouTube.
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