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Cliffhangers in Fantômas

by Kate Fortmueller

Many of the female serials (such as Hazards of Helen and The Perils of Pauline) end with the female protagonist in peril. The conventions of the serial dictate that she will get out of the impossible situation, but the question is always: How? Or in many cases, who will save her? Fantômas often has a different relationship to the cliffhanger. Rather than setting up Juve and Fandor in impossible or life threatening situations at the end of each episode, Fantômas escalates the tension. Each part makes it seem increasingly difficult to catch Fantômas. However, this last section of Fantômas II is different. The house explodes, leaving the audience with the question: will they return? This tension is resolved in a clever way in Fantômas III: The Murderous Corpse. In the next series, Fandor investigates mostly on his own while Juve (presumed dead) infiltrates Fantômas's gang.

Cliffhangers in Fantômas

by Kate Fortmueller

Many of the female serials (such as Hazards of Helen and The Perils of Pauline) end with the female protagonist in peril. The conventions of the serial dictate that she will get out of the impossible situation, but the question is always: How? Or in many cases, who will save her? Fantômas often has a different relationship to the cliffhanger. Rather than setting up Juve and Fandor in impossible or life threatening situations at the end of each episode, Fantômas escalates the tension. Each part makes it seem increasingly difficult to catch Fantômas. However, this last section of Fantômas II is different. The house explodes, leaving the audience with the question: will they return? This tension is resolved in a clever way in Fantômas III: The Murderous Corpse. In the next series, Fandor investigates mostly on his own while Juve (presumed dead) infiltrates Fantômas's gang.

Fantômas II: Juve vs. Fantômas (1913) - Part Four: The Man in Black

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Juve, Fandor, and Fantômas play a game of cat and mouse that ends on a cliffhanger in the final sequence of Juve vs. Fantômas.

from Fantômas II: Juve vs. Fantômas (1913)
Creator: Louis Feuillade
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller
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