Arsene Lupin

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  • 1971
  • 2 Seasons

Arsène Lupin is a French TV show which was co-produced with German, Canadian, Belgian, Dutch, Swiss, Italian and Austrian TV stations. It is loosely based on the novels by Maurice Leblanc. Georges Descrières' portrayal of Arsène Lupin showed more similarity to Graf Yoster than to Maurice Leblanc's original. He behaved in the first place as a perfect gentleman who never got angry. He was always relaxed, because whatever could possibly have bothered him in daily life was taken care of by his butler. It wasn't questioned how he had come to his financial independence although the series sometimes discreetly implied that he was a professional criminal. Besides rescuing damsels in distress Lupin took on (other) criminals, competing with their wit and intelligence. Either he stole paintings from rich people who had to be considered white-collar criminals or he acted as a detective who derailed criminal schemes. However, when he was attacked, he could defend himself effortlessly by using elegant jujutsu methods. (Graf Yoster left such matters to his butler.) Among the guest stars were German actors such as Günter Strack and Sky du Mont. Jean-Paul Salomé said in his commentary on the DVD version of his film Arsène Lupin (2004) he had liked this series as a child. German TV, one the investors, would broadcast the show eventually between 18:00-20:00 o'clock because it was only allowed to show commercials within that timeslot. For them to get a financial return on investment the show had to be appropriate for families and also for children who would watch it alone. Subsequently it was nearby to ask to defuse and flatten some of Leblanc's plots in order to avoid possible complaints that could force the station to broadcast the show beyond the "Vorabendprogramm".

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Seasons
13.
February 16, 1974
Lupin teaches a greedy young woman a lesson. Directed by Jean-Pierre Desagnat, 1974.
12.
February 9, 1974
While on vacation in the Bavarian Alps, Lupin solves a murder case. Directed by Fritz Umgelter, 1974.
11.
February 2, 1974
Lupin impersonates an American actor to steal a valuable diamond. Directed by Fritz Umgelter, 1974.
10.
January 26, 1974
Disguised as a count, Lupin comes to the aid of a troubled woman scammed by art counterfeiters. Directed by Fritz Umgelter, 1974.
9.
January 19, 1974
Finding himself in Vienna with amnesia, who else would Lupin go to besides Sigmund Freud? Directed by Wolf Dietrich, 1974.
8.
January 12, 1974
Lupin offers to trade his silence about a crime for a 10th century manuscript. Directed by Jean-Pierre Desagnat, 1974.
7.
January 5, 1974
Lupin investigates the theft of diamonds he had wanted to steal himself. Directed by Jean-Pierre Desagnat, 1974.
6.
December 29, 1973
Lupin disguises himself to warn a former girlfriend of danger. Directed by Jean-Pierre Desagnat, 1973.
5.
December 27, 1973
All of Paris is in mourning for Lupin... but he's alive and can't resist helping a lady in distress. Directed by Jean-Pierre Desagnat, 1973.
4.
December 25, 1973
In the name of avenging Joan of Arc, Lupin steals the crown jewels from the Tower of London and a priceless parchment. Directed by Jean-Pierre Desagnat, 1973.
3.
December 22, 1973
As Lupin faces murder charges, a young journalist points out "the gentleman thief steals but never kills." Directed by Jean-Pierre Desagnat, 1973.
2.
December 20, 1973
Lupin works undercover in Cannes, guarding an exhibition of gold statues. Directed by Jean-Pierre Desagnat, 1973.
1.
December 18, 1973
Lupin's theft of a royal necklace becomes a state affair. Directed by Jean-Pierre Desagnat, 1973.
Description

Arsène Lupin is a French TV show which was co-produced with German, Canadian, Belgian, Dutch, Swiss, Italian and Austrian TV stations. It is loosely based on the novels by Maurice Leblanc. Georges Descrières' portrayal of Arsène Lupin showed more similarity to Graf Yoster than to Maurice Leblanc's original. He behaved in the first place as a perfect gentleman who never got angry. He was always relaxed, because whatever could possibly have bothered him in daily life was taken care of by his butler. It wasn't questioned how he had come to his financial independence although the series sometimes discreetly implied that he was a professional criminal. Besides rescuing damsels in distress Lupin took on (other) criminals, competing with their wit and intelligence. Either he stole paintings from rich people who had to be considered white-collar criminals or he acted as a detective who derailed criminal schemes. However, when he was attacked, he could defend himself effortlessly by using elegant jujutsu methods. (Graf Yoster left such matters to his butler.)

Among the guest stars were German actors such as Günter Strack and Sky du Mont.

Jean-Paul Salomé said in his commentary on the DVD version of his film Arsène Lupin (2004) he had liked this series as a child. German TV, one the investors, would broadcast the show eventually between 18:00-20:00 o'clock because it was only allowed to show commercials within that timeslot. For them to get a financial return on investment the show had to be appropriate for families and also for children who would watch it alone. Subsequently it was nearby to ask to defuse and flatten some of Leblanc's plots in order to avoid possible complaints that could force the station to broadcast the show beyond the "Vorabendprogramm".

  • Premiere Date
    March 18, 1971