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    Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro

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    From Chris Meadows:

    Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro was the second cinematic outing (but the first really popular one) for Japanese author Monkey Punch’s “Lupin III” manga and anime character. Lupin III was supposedly the grandson of an early-20th-century French character named Arsene Lupin, written by French novelist Maurice Leblanc; of all Lupin III’s outings, Cagliostro was probably the closest in spirit to, and most directly inspired by, these earlier works. As it happened, I already knew a great deal about both the Lupin III character and the original Arsene Lupin character, from diligent research and from seeking out and reading electronic and physical copies of the old public domain Lupin novels. In fact, I even sent a couple of the books I had found—Arsene Lupin and The Hollow Needle—to be scanned and added to Project Gutenberg; I’m very proud of the fact that thanks to me, now anyone who wants to do so can read those glorious old books.

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