René Navarre

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René Navarre as Fantômas

René Navarre (born July 8, 1877 in Limoges , France , † February 8, 1968 in Azay-sur-Cher , France) was a French actor and film director.


He was working as an actor at the Théâtre Michel in Paris when he was discovered for the film by Louis Feuillade in 1910 and made his film debut with La gardienne du feu . He appeared in the successful film series La vie telle qu'elle est in 1911 . But it was not until 1913/14 that Navarre experienced the peak of his film career in the lead role of Fantôma in Feuillade's first film adaptation of a popular detective novel series of his time. The result was a total of 5 films with the mysterious criminal - a role which, in retrospect, turned out to be double-edged for Navarre, as from now on he was measured as Fantômas for his haunting play. He only had average successes. In 1916 he founded his own production company, but is not very successful with it. In 1919, together with Gaston Leroux and Arthur Bernède, he formed the “Société des Cinéromans”, which dedicated itself to filming literary models. Navarre himself often took on the leading roles in the company's films, for example in Vidocq (1922) and Belphégor (1927) based on literary models by Bernède. In talkies he only appeared in minor roles in minor films.

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