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Judex (1963)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 4 December 1963 (France)
Favraux, an unscrupulous banker, receives a threatening note, signed by "Judex", demanding that he pay back the people he has swindled. He refuses, and apparently dies after a midnight ... See full summary »

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Morales
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Daisy
René Génin ...
Pierre Kerjean
Roger Fradet ...
Leon
André Méliès ...
Doctor
Philippe Mareuil ...
Amaury de la Rochefontaine
Luigi Cortese ...
Pierrot
Benjamin Boda ...
Réglisse
Jean-Jacques Rémy ...
Un complice de Judex
Jean Degrave ...
Notary
Ketty France ...
Jeanne-Marie Bontemps
André Tomasi ...
Un pêcheur de Loisy
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Favraux, an unscrupulous banker, receives a threatening note, signed by "Judex", demanding that he pay back the people he has swindled. He refuses, and apparently dies after a midnight toast at his masked ball. However, he is only drugged by Judex and locked away. Judex spares his life when the banker's widowed daughter, Jacqueline, rejects the inheritance. Meanwhile Diana Monti, the former governess, kidnaps Jacqueline to try to get the banker's money. But Judex is hot on her trail. Written by Will Gilbert

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Worthy of a viewing
31 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Georges Franju is an unfairly neglected director - overshadowed by Godard and Truffaut, he fell quickly out of favour as a filmmaker, although he is revered as co-founder, with Henri Langlois, of the Cinematheque Française in Paris shortly before World War 2.

The influences to be seen in Franju's films are not those of New Wave directors: Hollywood film noir and trashy American novels. He is more in tune with German Expressionism and, as perhaps befits a film archivist, with silent cinema.

So JUDEX is a very affectionate tribute to Louis Feuillade, and shares its title with a 1916 serial. As the title character Franju cast a magician - Channing Pollock - and other actors include the wonderful Edith Scob (unforgettable in Franju's EYES WITHOUT A FACE), Andre Melies (son of Georges) and Theo Sarapo (one-time lover of Edith Piaf). The music is by Maurice Jarre, and adds to the dreamlike nature of the whole story.

JUDEX may not be a great film, but it is a truly wonderful film. Just let it wash over you, and the memory of it may haunt you for a surprisingly long time!


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