Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fantomas and The Vampires -- February 15, 2017

Moving Picture World, 22-February-1917
Fantômas was a popular criminal character who first appeared in a series of French thriller novels by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre.  In 1913-1914, Louis Feuillade created a 5-part movie serial which was released by the Gaumont Company.  Each episode, was 54-90 minutes, longer than episodes of a typical American serial.  The serial/series was very popular.  Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version. 

In 1915-1916, Louis Feuillade created another thrilling serial, Les Vampires.  This ten episode production was even more popular.  Musidora made a big impression as Irma Vep. 

Gaumont released both films through Mutual, which assured exhibitors that they were like "Walking right up to the money -- and grabbing it." 

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