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Shadowman (1974)

Nuits rouges (original title)
PG | | Crime, Mystery | May 1975 (USA)
Euro-crime thriller about a high-tech criminal organization that aims to find the fabled treasure of the Order of the Knights Templar.

Director:

Georges Franju
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gayle Hunnicutt ... La femme
Jacques Champreux Jacques Champreux ... L'homme sans visage
Josephine Chaplin ... Martine Leduc
Ugo Pagliai ... Paul de Borrego
Gert Fröbe ... Le commissaire Sorbier (as Gert Froebe)
Patrick Préjean Patrick Préjean ... Séraphin Beauminon
Raymond Bussières ... L'acheteur
Clément Harari Clément Harari ... Le docteur Dutreuil
Henry Lincoln Henry Lincoln ... Le professeur Pétri (as Henry Soskin)
Yvon Sarray Yvon Sarray ... Albert (as Annet Yvon Sarray)
Pierre Collet Pierre Collet ... Le Grand Maître des Templiers
Enzo Fisichella Enzo Fisichella ... Insp. Péclet
Roberto Bruni Roberto Bruni ... Maxime de Borrego
Gérard Croce Gérard Croce ... La Futaille
Jean Saudray Jean Saudray ... Le Sacristain
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Storyline

The butler of the writer Maxime de Borrego goes to the store of an old lady and tells that his boss probably knows the location of the Templars treasure, expecting to receive a reward. The old lady is actually the ruthless criminal The Man without a Face, the master of disguise that wears a red mask. He tortures and kills Maxime without getting any answer about the location of the treasure. Maxime's nephew, the sailor Paul de Borrego, returns from a trip and teams up with his girlfriend, her best friend, with Inspector Sorbier and his team trying to arrest the evil criminal. But The Man without a Face uses a sort of human zombies created his insane doctor and his gorgeous assistant that wears a mask and outfits similar to the Catwoman to lure the police and achieve his intent. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadowman See more »

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New Line Cinema, SOAT, TF1 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Alternate Versions

The name _"L'homme sans visage" (1975)_ has been used for the TV mini-series which is an extended 8-episode version of the movie. See more »

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Remade as The Man Without a Face (1975) See more »

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2 October 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

After several uneven productions -including a Zola adaptation : "la Faute de l'Abbé Mouret"- ,Georges Franju (whose best works remain his shorts and his two first feature-films "La Tete Contre les Murs" and "les Yeux sans Visage" plus maybe "Therese Desqueyroux" )said goodbye to cinema with a return to Feuillade .A first homage was released in 1963 with his remake of "Judex" which was not bad.

"Les Nuits Rouges" is more "Judex" ,but the problem lies in the fact that it's a digest of a TV miniseries.The far-fetched plot (and I mean far-fetched) is also handicapped by amateurish acting (an international cast including Gert "Goldfinger" Froebe as a Police Inspector and poor acting by Chaplin,Champreux and Préjean.Gayle Hunnicutt ,cast as a seventies Musidora,complete with mask and tights ,is pretty photogenic on the roofs but that's all we can say of her performance.The Shadowman is none other than Fantomas,Souvestre-Allain's hero whose adventures were also transferred to the screen by Feuillade.

Actually,those adventures could have succeeded well in Old Paris,the Paris from the beginning of the XX th century,in the Fortifications and in the Bas-Fonds .In Paris 1974,they seem obsolete,uninteresting and dull.Enough is enough.

NB:Jacques Champreux,who wrote the screenplay ,was Feuillade's grandson;he also wrote (and starred in) "Les Compagnons De Baal" ,the 1969 miniseries.


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