This is the second episode of Fantomas
Based on the phenomenally popular French pulp novellas, Louis Feuillade's outrageous, ambitious FANTÔMAS series became the gold standard of espionage serials in pre-WWI Europe, and laid the foundation for such immortal works as Feuillade's own Les Vampires and Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse films.
René Navarre stars as the criminal lord of Paris, the master of disguise, the creeping assassin in black: Fantômas. Over the course of five feature films (which combined to form a 5 1/2-hour epic), Fantômas, along with his accomplices and mistresses, are pursued by the equally resourceful Inspector Juve (Edmund Bréon) and his friend, journalist Jerôme Fandor (Georges Melchior).
Accompanied with a live score by cult Parisian DJs RadioMentale it sees a substantial shift towards the more familiar action thriller, making a spectacular contrast to the first in the series born in 1911.
Juve contre Fantomas has many pleasures, most notably the rapid sequence of action scenes. Within minutes of escaping a terrible train disaster, our heroes are fighting for their lives amidst a raging inferno at a distillery, and more is to come! Tom Cruise and Matt Damon look to your laurels.
The characters of Juve and Fantomas are also more fully developed and it is clear that what is developing is a bitter fight to the death.
Less spectre-like and abstract than in the first film, Fantomas is now revealed to be a dangerous, fully-fledged villain, thoroughly consumed by evil.