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516 Notes


Réalisé par Georges Franju
France, Italie, 1963
Drame, Action, Policier


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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Judex Réalisé par Georges Franju
Judex" is an adult fairy tale, with similarities to both Resnais’s “Last Year at Marienbad,” released while Franju’s movie was in production, and Jean-Luc Godard’s more blatantly pop “Alphaville,” which had its premiere some months later. Most impressive, Franju elaborates on material in the original — or adds his own ideas, as when the hero appears in a fanciful bird mask to release a series of white doves at a masquerade ball.
June 26, 2014
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Cramming five hours’ worth of events into just 97 minutes results in a breakneck pace that only emphasizes the story’s absurdist nature; there’s a one-damn-thing-after-another giddiness here that calls to mind Bill Murray in Tootsie, sitting in front of the TV and muttering "That is one nutty hospital.
June 18, 2014
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The sense of time is precisely what gets suspended in Franju’s Judex. It has always seemed to me a movie out of time, a movie made despite time. It is neither of 1916 nor 1963, and while we are watching it, we seem to be living in an alternate dream time not measurable by the clock.
June 16, 2014
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