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Judex

Georges Franju

 
Judex (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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  • France
  • 1963
  • 97 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  •  
  • Spine #710

This effortlessly cool crime caper, directed by Georges Franju, is a marvel of dexterous plotting and visual invention. Conceived as an homage to Louis Feuillade’s 1916 cult silent serial of the same name, Judex kicks off with the mysterious kidnapping of a corrupt banker by a shadowy crime fighter (American magician Channing Pollock) and spins out into a thrillingly complex web of deceptions. Combining stylish sixties modernism with silent-cinema touches and even a few unexpected sci-fi accents, Judex is a delightful bit of pulp fiction and a testament to the art of illusion.

Cast

JudexChanning Pollock
Diana MontiFrancine Bergé
JacquelineEdith Scob
FavrauxMichel Vitold
MoralesThéo Sarapo
DaisySylva Koscina
CocantinJacques Jouanneau
Pierre KerjeanRené Génin
The boyBenjamin Boda
Amaury de la RochefontainePhilippe Mareuil
The doctorAndré Méliès
Diana’s menLuigi Cortèse
Roger Fradet

Credits

DirectorGeorges Franju
Adaptation and dialogue byJacques Champreux and Francis Lacassin
Based on the 1916 film series Judex, directed byLouis Feuillade
ProducerRobert de Nesle
Original musicMaurice Jarre
CinematographyMarcel Fradetal
Art directionRobert Giordani
Production managerJean Maumy
EditingGilbert Natot
SoundJean Labussière
CostumesChristiane Courcelles
MakeupMaguy Vernadet
HairLoulou Broyard and Louis Bonnemaison
ContinuitySuzanne Bon
CameramenPhilippe Brun and Roger Delpuech
Special effects and titlesJean Fouchet

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2007 with cowriter Jacques Champreux
  • Interview from 2012 with actor Francine Bergé
  • Franju le visionnaire, a fifty-minute program from 1998 on director Georges Franju’s career
  • Two short films by Franju: Hôtel des Invalides (1951), about the Paris military complex, and Le grand Méliès (1952), about director Georges Méliès
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien, along with a selection of commentary by Franju (dual-format only)

    New cover by Ron Wimberly

Film Essays

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The Secret Heart of Judex

By Geoffrey O’Brien June 16, 2014

Georges Franju evokes the surreal silent serials of Louis Feuillade while constructing his own personal cinematic paradise. Read more »

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Judex: There Has Been a Bird

By Evan Calder Williams September 08, 2014

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Meet Channing Pollock

By Glenn Kenny July 17, 2014

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Film Essays

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The Secret Heart of Judex

By Geoffrey O’Brien June 16, 2014

Georges Franju evokes the surreal silent serials of Louis Feuillade while constructing his own personal cinematic paradise. Read more »

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