Judex (1963)

The characters and plot convolutions of the classic silent French serial Judex are thrust into a 1960s framework in this Georges Franju concoction. Channing Pollock plays a mysterious masked avenger who kidnaps evil-banker Michel Vitold,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 16, 2014
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Nostalgic homage to Louis Feuillade's silent serials.

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Eric Melin

Franju's lack of serious coaching in the acting department shows how little he cared for things like motivation and subtlety. Instead he gets his kicks fashioning surreal set pieces that transcend the melodrama that the plot seems designed to support.

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Anton Bitel
Film International

As a hero, Judex may cut a somewhat dull figure once his true face has been revealed, but Franju has set him within a haunting shadow-world where vengeance is too strange to be sweet.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an entirely ineffective curiosity that's best left forgotten.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a lot of fun, especially for discerning cinephiles who know their film history

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Pays homage to Feuillade.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

In shaving off 210 minutes or so, Franju eliminates all the backstory along with any concern for motivation or logic.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

Judex's pacing is syrupy and its tone hazy, like a halting, half-remembered dream of a movie that may have never existed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
has a lot of fun with feuillade's silent serial hero judex who is like the french batman. wears disguises, lives in an awesome secret lair, uses many… More