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Critic Reviews for Judex
Nostalgic homage to Louis Feuillade's silent serials.
In shaving off 210 minutes or so, Franju eliminates all the backstory along with any concern for motivation or logic.
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.
Audience Reviews for Judex
A corrupt banker (Michel Vitold) is accosted by a masked vigilante (Channing Pollock); from there, the story veers into a web of abductions, counter-abductions, blackmail, faked deaths, hidden bases, murderous nuns, and a circus acrobat that wanders into the movie during its climactic scene. Georges Franju adapted Judex ("Avenger") from the 1916 serial of the same name. It has the same ludicrous plot points of its source material, but it also contains some slick direction and a potpourri of pulpy pop art. More stylish than the campy superhero outings that would be ubiquitous a few years after its 1963 release, Judex tips its hat to the silent era while blazing through a sleek aesthetic of its own.
A remake of and homage to the awesome serials of Louis Feuillade, this masterfully crafted crime caper is beautifully shot, well acted and quite entertaining. With villains and heroes to spare, Judex effortlessly and briskly mixes revenge, social issues, family, magic, and some acrobatics for an engaging and moody ride that keeps you sitting firmly on the edge of your seat. Recommended.
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 gadgets. the story is pretty ludicrous but it's faithful to the spirit of the serials in that everyone takes it very seriously. campy as hell
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