Fantomas 2: Juve versus Fantômas/Fantômas: The Man in Black (Juve contre Fantômas)

In this second Fantômas episode, the action picks up - some of it filmed in the scenic streets of old Paris (to the visible delight of several gawking passer-bys): in between his busy love life with several women, Fantômas finds time to pull off a train disaster, in addition to the titular battle with Inspector Juve that includes an ambush, a capture and escape, and a murder attempt. Along with the action, lots of details are filled in via hand-written reports, notes, letters, and telegram so reading still required.


Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine (Fantômas - À l'ombre de la guillotine)

Fantômas is the first famous film criminal mastermind. Like all criminal masterminds, he is pursued by a shrewd and determined detective - Inspector Juve. But unlike other police detectives in film, Juve is no hero, no pompous know-it-all. Yet, unlike noir private detectives, Juve isn't portrayed as an antihero. Juve is simply a loser - a loser who is unstylish, seeems to have no family or love life, and tends toward despondence and chain-smoking. In short, Juve is the soul of this flick, giving it its uniquely modern feel. And, for those of us that normally root for the bad guys, Juve is the only detective we can comfortably cheer for - because we know he will lose.