Thursday, June 29, 2017

FILMBAY 2000 Greatest Films of All-Time (1888-2016) by Year - 0193 - BARRABAS (Louis Feuillade, 1919, France, BW)



 

BARRABAS 

(Louis Feuillade, 1919, France, BW)




Introduction

BARRABAS (Louis Feuillade, 1919, France, BW)

8h 9min
5 March 1920 (France)

The efforts of lawyer Jacques Varese and journalist Raoul de Nerac who attempt to expose and destroy the criminal organization led by a sadistic banker Rudolph Strelitz.

Director: Louis Feuillade

Writers: Louis Feuillade (screenplay), Louis Feuillade (story)

Stars: Fernand Herrmann, Édouard Mathé, Gaston Michel


Story

Rudolph Strelitz, known as ‘Barrabas’, is the brutal leader of an underground gang who causes mayhem and destruction to the lives of civilized people. A lawyer, Claude Varèse, is strongly determined to bring Strelitz to justice for the purpose of revenge, after his father was wrongly guillotined for the murder of Laure d’Hérigny, a mistress of a missing American millionaire. Later Claude Varèse’s sister, Françoise, is then abducted by the evil Dr Lucius, one of Barrabas’ henchmen.


Episodes

French Title Runtime

1 "Prologue; La Maîtresse du Juif Errant" 77 mins.
2 "La Justice des hommes" 39 mins.
3 "La Villa des Glycines" 40 mins.
4 "Le Stigmate" 39 mins.
5 "Nöelle Maupré" 39 mins.
6 "La Fille du condamné" 39 mins.
7 "Les Ailes de Satan" 39 mins.
8 "Le Manoir mystérieux" 40 mins.
9 "L’Otage" 40 mins.
10 "L’Oubliette" 38 mins.
11 "Le Revenant" 38 mins.
12 "Le Justice" 38 mins.





Review

Another Louis Feuillade masterpiece. The silent crime serial master again delivers a thrilling chapter piece in Barrabas (1919). No, it's not a biblical epic, but a modern tale of a lawyer and reporter trying to break down a crime organization. Lacks the intensity of his legendary serials likes Fantômas (1913-14), Les vampires (1915) & Judex (1916), but there are still plenty of adventure going on in the 7+ hour which makes this a fine supplement for those wanting more after watching his most famous chapter plays.




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