Jean-Paul Salomé – Arsène Lupin (2004)


IMDb comments:

Good Gothic movie, but lacks the Lupin literary touch

A fan of Lupin ( I read almost all the novels), I entered the movie theater with great expectations and came out with mixed feelings, but with a margin of admiration. That’s certainly the best of the cinematic technical renditions of Maurice Leblanc’s immortal personnage (the TV renditions are all below standard).But after John Barrymore and Melvyn Douglas, Jules Berry and Robert Lamoureux brought a conception of the main character which is absent from this superproduction. The two guys from Toronto (nice city, I lived there six months) who sent positive comments are mostly correct. The other from Italy is right when he predicts “failure abroad” (this movie is already losing momentum in Paris only a week after its premiere and severe reviews). Now let’s be lucid: most of the French movie critics are hopeful future cinematographers, and they react furiously when a newcomer comes up with a movie that reflects a good use of a heavy investment, which was the case with many films by Claude Lelouch, and applies also for ARSENE LUPIN (2004). J.P. Salomé did a fine job with the millions he was able to raise, and most of the actors look real. Too bad Lupin is not one of them; I didn’t recognize my Arsene from Romain Duris’ impersonation, although he tried hard (and his stunts were Indy Jones, Tarzan and Flash Gordon reunited). Continue reading