Arsène Lupin

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Arsène Lupin
This is the umpteenth film outing of the fictional gentleman thief – as famous in France as his contemporary rival Sherlock Holmes – but the first to include extensive special effects. Lavish, tedious, ridiculous, seemingly endless, ‘Arsène Lupin’ is a swooning ’Scope costumer starring the glowering beauty Romain Duris as the eponymous kick-boxing cambrioleur and master of disguise. The complicated episodic plot – involving Marie Antoinette’s treasures, a Brotherhood conspiracy to sabotage the Republic, metronomic changes of identity, abattoir levels of bloodletting and l’amour – takes less time to show than synopsise. Duris has some of the physical arrogance of the young Alain Delon but proves tedious over two-hours-plus, while Kristin Scott Thomas’s devilish aristocrat-adversary-lover functions as little more than an exotic clothes-horse. The design and Pascal Ridao’s cinematography luxuriate seductively in ornate period excess, but merely add to the overall impression of stale Grand Guignol served up with bizarre modernist trimmings.

By: WH

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday September 9 2005
Duration: 125 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jean-Paul Salomé
Screenwriter: Jean-Paul Salomé, Laurent Vachaud
Cast: Romain Duris
Kristin Scott-Thomas
Pascal Gerggory
Robin Renucci
Patrick Toomey
Marie Bunel
Eva Green
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