Louis Feuillade didn’t invent the serial, the cliffhanger, or the archvillain, but he brought them together with a new level of sophistication and savvy in this sensational five-part saga about the master criminal Fantômas (René Navarre), his reign of terror in pre-World War I Paris, and the prostrated attempts of heroes Juve and Fandor (Edmund Breon and Georges Melchior) to bring him to justice. “Feuillade is the greatest filmmaker of the teens… [Fantômas] mixes fantastic and surreal imagery with documentary glimpses of Paris.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader