Fantômas, first of Louis Feuillade's five French silent films from 1913 and 1914 about the master-of-disguise thief and anti-hero, included two silhouette shots, one of which John Ford might well have had in mind when he repeatedly framed characters in doorways in The Searchers.
The movie's moral ambivalence and inconclusive ending were not what I expected from a 1913 film serial; I'll be watching further episodes.
Next up, Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain's original 1911 novel, Fantômas.
Offhand, I can think of no other figure from popular culture who held such fascination for high culture. Can you?
© Peter Rozovsky 2010