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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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.
Franju very much at play with a series of comic book vignettes that look ravishing but begin to drag halfway through. Inconsequential fun and perhaps a more stylish filmic antecedent to the lumbering Hollywood action films of today.
"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.
One of the best scene in cinema history : the evening party with the masks. Everything, the sound the music, the camera work and the attitude of the characters match together. Franju is one of the most gifted dream maker.