Favraux, an unscrupulous banker, receives a threatening note, signed by “Judex”, demanding that he pay back the people he has swindled. He refuses, and apparently dies after a midnight toast at his masked ball.
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Bring out the magicians, circus people, and boy detective. It's time to get the bad guys. I love that shot of the 3 guys scaling the wall together. Mr. Handsome has a bit of a dilemma there towards the end. How does he deal with the bad guy and his lovely daughter at the same time? That and having to walk around all the time with pigeons. Sacre bleu!
Franju pays homage to Feuillade's classic caper films - it's good & all with its moments and cast. Storyline may have drifted away a little back & forth, but still builds up with some exciting mystery & action. Scob's performance & Jarre's music are both great as usual, loved both the magical masquerade scene & the ending. Franju was still brilliant at his time, now I am looking forward to seeing the original soon.
"To Louis Feuillade, in memory of an unhappy time." Strangely haunting. Franju takes Feuillade's plots—which were never exactly airtight to begin with—and makes them even more illogical. But the final scene brings it all together, underscoring this "remake" as a tribute to everything fanciful, preposterous, and magical about Feuillade specifically and cinema in general. A fantasy world superimposed over our own.
Extraordinary homage to Louis Feuillade's 1916 serial. Channing Pollock was then a gifted magician, he managed to give to Judex character a poetic and enchanting dimension. Francine Bergé, as a cruel kind of cat woman, is also worth remembering. Highly recommended.
The masked avenger Judex has exacted revenge on a corrupt banker, and what follows is about 100 minutes of pure pulp action shot with a flowing, poetic camera. It's gorgeous to look at, and this film is just plain fun. It has underground lairs, masked heroes, women, rooftop fights, detectives, secret passageways, criminals disguised as nuns, murder, lies, and so on and so on. I love this movie, someone get it a DVD.