Okay, so it's simple to follow it this far: Fantômas was a trilogy of films in the '60s that seemed like it came out of pulp novels but actually took its name as a dis on the surrealists -- only in France. In Fantômas an evil, weirdly made-up master/criminal is pursued by a good guy and his woman assistant, who are trying to foil his plans, all over Europe. There are plenty of high-speed chases, action shots of fights, and dangerous capture scenarios, but all with tongue firmly in cheek, apparently. That's good, really, because the music that accompanied these films by Michael Magne is some of the worst I've ever heard. Admittedly the French have a particular sense of drama and the absurd, but this is hilariously bad by any standard. Jacques Brel would have puked on these scores and Serge Gainsbourg would have rolled a cigarette with them. Picture a completely sentimental Raymond Scott without the imagination bred with a kid who's seen too many monster movies handcuffed to a young teenager in the throes of his first deluded love, and you about have it. Where this music accompanies action scenes is beyond me because it's almost all syrup. Yech.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek