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Judex (1963)

Judex (1963)




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This silent era styled crime drama finds Judex (Channing Pollock) as a former crook set out to right the wrongs of his past. He locates a crooked banker who has swindled people and sent innocent victims to prison. The felonious financier is spared being murdered when his daughter promises to repay everything he has stolen. The film was directed by Georges Franju, one of the founding fathers of the French Film Museum in Paris.

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Channing Pollock
as Judex / Vallieres
Edith Scob
as Jacqueline Favraux
Francine Bergé
as Diana Monti / Marie Verdier
Theo Sarapo
as Morales
Benjamin Boda
as Reglisse
Philippe Mareuil
as Amaury de la Rochefontaine
Rene Genin
as Pierre Kerjean
Ketty France
as Jeanne-Marie Bontemps
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Critic Reviews for Judex

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Nostalgic homage to Louis Feuillade's silent serials.

September 1, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

A luminous, haunting adventure.

Full Review… | April 11, 2016
The Spectator

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

Full Review… | December 24, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | August 3, 2014
Movie Metropolis

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.

Full Review… | July 25, 2014

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

Full Review… | July 10, 2014
Q Network Film Desk

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.

Ryan Valentine
Ryan Valentine

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.

Marcus Hambright
Marcus Hambright

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

Stella Dallas
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