Judex

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.

Film Info

  • Georges Franju
  • France
  • 1963
  • 97 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  • Spine #710

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

Judex
Cast
Channing Pollock
Judex
Francine Bergé
Diana Monti
Edith Scob
Jacqueline
Michel Vitold
Favraux
Théo Sarapo
Morales
Sylva Koscina
Daisy
Jacques Jouanneau
Cocantin
René Génin
Pierre Kerjean
Benjamin Boda
The boy
Philippe Mareuil
Amaury de la Rochefontaine
André Méliès
The doctor
Luigi Cortèse
Diana’s men
Roger Fradet
Credits
Director
Georges Franju
Adaptation and dialogue by
Jacques Champreux
Adaptation and dialogue by
Francis Lacassin
Based on the 1916 film series Judex, directed by
Louis Feuillade
Producer
Robert de Nesle
Original music
Maurice Jarre
Cinematography
Marcel Fradetal
Art direction
Robert Giordani
Production manager
Jean Maumy
Editing
Gilbert Natot
Sound
Jean Labussière
Costumes
Christiane Courcelles
Makeup
Maguy Vernadet
Hair
Loulou Broyard
Hair
Louis Bonnemaison
Continuity
Suzanne Bon
Cameramen
Philippe Brun
Cameramen
Roger Delpuech
Special effects and titles
Jean Fouchet

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