Belphégor (novel)

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Belphégor (English title The Mystery of the Louvre) is a 1927 crime novel by French writer Arthur Bernède, about a "phantom" which haunts the Louvre Museum, in reality a masked villain trying to steal a hidden treasure.[1][2]

It was simultaneously adapted as a movie serial starring René Navarre as Chantecoq, Bernède's fictional detective, and Elmire Vautier as the villainous Belphégor.

Adaptations[edit]

Belphégor inspired several other adaptations, including an eponymous 1965 French television series starring Juliette Greco in the title role (but without Chantecoq)[3] and a 1965 daily comic strip sequel to the TV series drawn by Julio Ribéra which appeared in France-Soir,[4]

Additionally, it was also adapted into a 2001 film starring Sophie Marceau which was the first adaptation to actually be filmed inside the Louvre,[5] and a 2001 French-Canadian animated television series which consisted of 26 episodes.[6]

The 1967 film La Malédiction de Belphégor has nothing to do with Bernède's version and was made to cash in on the 1965 television series' popularity.[7]

Editions[edit]

  • 1927, J. Tallandier
  • 1929, World Wide Publishing Co., Inc. (English)
  • 2001, Fayard, ISBN 2-213-60909-8
  • 2001, Hachette, ISBN 2-01-321875-3
  • 2012, Black Coat Press, (adapted into English by Jean-Marc Lofficier & Randy Lofficier ISBN 978-1-61227-110-1)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belphegor, the Phantom of the Louvre by Arthur Bernede". www.fictiondb.com. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  2. ^ "Belphegor". www.internationalhero.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  3. ^ "Belphegor: The Phantom of the Louvre". Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Julio Ribera". lambiek.net. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  5. ^ "Belphegor: Phantom of the Louvre (2001) - Jean-Paul Salomé | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  6. ^ "Belphégor, The Renewed Legend". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  7. ^ The Bloody Pit Of Horror (2015-06-30). "The Bloody Pit of Horror: La malédiction de Belphégor (1967)". The Bloody Pit of Horror. Retrieved 2018-11-23.

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