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Judex (1963)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 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 »

Director:

Georges Franju

Writers:

Arthur Bernède (based on a screenplay by), Louis Feuillade (based on a screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Channing Pollock ... Judex / Vallières
Francine Bergé Francine Bergé ... Diana Monti / Marie Verdier
Edith Scob ... Jacqueline Favraux
Théo Sarapo Théo Sarapo ... Morales
Sylva Koscina ... Daisy
René Génin René Génin ... Pierre Kerjean
Roger Fradet Roger Fradet ... Leon
André Méliès André Méliès ... Doctor
Philippe Mareuil Philippe Mareuil ... Amaury de la Rochefontaine
Luigi Cortese Luigi Cortese ... Pierrot
Benjamin Boda Benjamin Boda ... Réglisse the Boy
Jean-Jacques Rémy Jean-Jacques Rémy ... Un complice de Judex
Jean Degrave Jean Degrave ... Notary
Ketty France Ketty France ... Jeanne-Marie Bontemps
André Tomasi 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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 December 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #710. See more »

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During the party, Favraux faints before drinking the champagne flute with the sleeping pill See more »

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Referenced in True Detective: Night Finds You (2015) See more »

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Haunting, sublime crime drama
6 March 2000 | by masked film criticSee all my reviews

Franju's evocation of a lost innocent era of French silent cinema is a real gem, and a much neglected film. The film creates an air of gentle menace from the opening scenes featuring a bird-masked magician at a masked ball. We soon learn that he is, in fact, Judex, the legendary crime-fighter. He soon becomes engaged in a battle with a cat-suited female criminal. The plot itself is one-dimensional comic-strip stuff, as the above suggests, but what constantly impresses is the poetic set-pieces Franju sets up, particularly a burglary at a country house swathed in mists. The show is continually stolen by Francine Berge, as the criminal - she seems a not-too-distant relation of Diana Rigg in television's "The Avengers", at least in dress sense - and this highlights a slight problem. The hero, played by American magician Channing Pollock, is bland by comparison, as is Edith Scob's heroine-in-distress. It seems that the bad girls get all the fun! Overall, this is the type of film that doesn't get made any more, yet doesn't seem dated. Franju's more famous "Les Yeux Sans Visage" is, in terms of mood, very similar, as is Cocteau's breathtaking fairy tale, "La Belle Et La Bete". The sixties British horror, "The Haunting", also pulls the same trick of showing little by achieving everything through mood alone. Do try to see all of these if you get the chance.


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