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  1. Leonardo Malaguti's rating of the film Judex

  2. hemachandra's rating of the film Judex

  3. FISCHER's rating of the film Judex

    >>> Merveilleuse aventure rocambolesque qui garde l'esprit et la folie de certains bienheureux films muets, avec une anthologique scène de bal masqué, inoubliable...

  4. matelot's rating of the film Judex

  5. Teona Gal's rating of the film Judex

  6. Richmond Hill's rating of the film Judex

    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.

  7. En Sangers Bøn's rating of the film Judex

    Well executed mystery film in the vein of early Franju. The time to time expressionist aesthetism of the film (reference to Feuillade) adds something special and classy. Nice invective against the hypocrite and infamous banksters as well. Classic one !

  8. Bram Vroonland's rating of the film Judex

    Watching Judex is an amazing visual experience. Franju was alluding to an earlier period in French cinema and added a nice noirish look to it. The lighting and camera angles were very nice. The story seems a tad underdeveloped with characters and twists popping up out of nowhere, investing in stuff they have no stake in.

  9. Martin Wilson's rating of the film Judex

    It's meant to be a light-hearted romp. But, all of Franju's work is so infused with the dark history of the two world wars, particularly the first, that the innocence in his films is always revelatory. And unsettling. The fragile magic here comes from a haunted void. Is the timeless setting France 1916? It's an evocation of a dream past that in the deadpan manner of its telling, must be real.

  10. James Mackin's rating of the film Judex

    Basically, Zorro has a gang of Spidermen, and he wants to kill the rich. It's fucking awesome.

  11. Joel's rating of the film Judex

    A strange work indeed. Full of formal elegance and such artistry but at the same time all in the form of almost pulp storytelling. But there is much brewing under the surface. A film worth mulling over.

  12. el.'s rating of the film Judex

    silly, funny, but still very genuine (credit given to the original, of course) with a storyline and characters ahead of their time.

  13. Alexander Dunkelberger's rating of the film Judex

    If the striking imagery of silent cinema met a cooler, more toned down version of Adam West’s Batman serials, with a dash of old crime caper thrown in. It has evocative images, such as the bird masks, and slightly sci-fi tinged silliness, with wall climbing vigilantees and masked do gooders. It’s a mixed bag, and seems more to be a string of ideas than a completed whole, but it is none the less a fun excursion.

  14. berat bayer's rating of the film Judex

    a subtle homage to those crowded/complex silent-era classics. it's just not flamboyant enough.

  15. Brotherdeacon's rating of the film Judex

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  17. Arcanus's rating of the film Judex

    Jolly good. I liked the shape of the lead actress's buttocks. Very tasty indeed.

  18. Edna Sweetlove's rating of the film Judex

    Charming, although a little silly in parts.

  19. Cinemactik's rating of the film Judex

    A very entertaining yet oddly paced thriller, Judex mixes magic, mystery, and silent movie style to glorious affect Franju creates some influential setpieces around Maurice Jarre's magnificent score with fantastic performances from magician turned actor, Channing Pollock and seductive menace from Francine Bergé. It does get a bit weird towards the end, especially when the circus rolls into town, but it's worth it.

  20. Duncan Gray's rating of the film Judex

    "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.

  21. bartkl's rating of the film Judex

    I'm difficult to please when it comes to symbolism, especially in a mystic context like this. Aesthetically it's nicely done, peaking at the ball room scene with the beautiful 'birdman'. The decoration is done nicely and some personas are fun, but the whole feels jumbled and without aim. It jumps betweeen infantile humor, Judex with his unclear intentions and role, and the insignificant crime storyline. Not so great.

  22. muh.'s rating of the film Judex

    this one really didn't work no matter how much i wanted it to and i really hate trashing old movies for "story already seen and thin characters" but how do you mess up a movie that has a bird head costume party? BIRD HEAD!

  23. Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Judex

    Some gorgeous cinematography and poetic on occasions, but the narrative fills the blanks with too many Deus Ex Machinas to be taken seriously.

  24. Samuel Andrade's rating of the film Judex

    ★★★★★ the illusionism of a magic black-and-white cinematography, soundless action scenes, lady catfights: lyrical surrealism will never get better than this.

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