- Actors: Channing Pollock, Francine Bergé, Edith Scob
- Directors: Georges Franju
- Format: NTSC
- Language: French
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 3
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- Studio: Criterion
- Release Date: June 17 2014
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- ASIN: B00J2PQYY0
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,071 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Criterion Collection: Judex [Blu-ray] (Version française)
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This effortlessly cool crime caper, directed by Georges Franju (Eyes Without a Face), is a marvel of dexterous plotting and visual invention. Conceived as an homage to Louis Feuillade’s 1916 cult silent serial of the same name, Judex kicks off with the mysterious kidnapping of a corrupt banker by a shadowy crime fighter (American magician Channing Pollock) and spins out into a thrillingly complex web of deceptions. Combining stylish sixties modernism with silent-cinema touches and even a few unexpected sci-fi accents, Judex is a delightful bit of pulp fiction and a testament to the art of illusion.
New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Interview from 2007 with the film’s cowriter Jacques Champreux, the grandson of Louis Feuillade, co-creator of the silent serial Judex. Interview from 2012 with actor Francine Bergé Franju le visionnaire, a fifty-minute program from 1998 on director Georges Franju’s career and imagination. New English subtitle translation. Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Geoffrey O’Brien, along with reprinted writings by and excerpted interviews with Franju.
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This film will please new viewers, as it has always pleases me, with its atmosphere a nostalgic sense of "innocent fun' that channels some of the trappings of the Louis Feuillade's serials circa 1916 without following all of the plot points (One of the screenwriters of this verision of "Judex" was the grandson of Louis Feuillade). The central character of Judex is a a bit of a cipher in this film, and Franju pretty obviously did not care about fleshing out the character; what we need to see and know about Judex is conveyed adequately by the rather stiff performance of Channing Pollock, a professional magician who was later the mentor of a friend of mine (now also a professional magician).
Above all, what makes this film work, if it "works" at all, are the surreal visuals (the ball at which all the guests and Judex himself wear bird masks, the black-garbed associates of Judex scaling the rough stone walls of an old building at night) and the amazing performance of Francine Berge as the wonderfully, wicked and scheming Diana Monti . . . her character is an homage to the femme fatale played by Musidora in Feuillade's Les Vampires. Jacques Jouanneau turns in a subtly comic performance as Cocantin, a private detective who stumbles onto scene after scene at nearly the right time, later with the help of a small boy who is smarter than he is.
JUDEX is a little ethereal in its pace, but I like it...the masquerade sequence stands on its own.
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