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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, then sets about to turn the banker's friends and loved ones against him. At first appearing to be as wicked as his captive, Pollock is actually motivated by familial love: his father had been driven to suicide by Vitold. Pollock is successful in destroying his enemy, adding spice to the program by wedding Vitold's daughter Edith Scob. In keeping with… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nostalgic homage to Louis Feuillade's silent serials."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film International
"a lot of fun, especially for discerning cinephiles who know their film history"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Pays homage to Feuillade."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Judex's pacing is syrupy and its tone hazy, like a halting, half-remembered dream of a movie that may have never existed."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
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