Judex

Judex

Directed by Georges Franju • 1963 • France
Starring Channing Pollock, Francine Bergé, Edith Scob

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.

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Judex
  • Judex

    Directed by Georges Franju • 1963 • France
    Starring Channing Pollock, Francine Bergé, Edith Scob

    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...

Extras

  • Jacques Champreux on JUDEX

    In this interview from 2007, JUDEX cowriter Jacques Champreux recalls collaborating with director Georges Franju on his 1963 film, which was a remake of the 1916 serial of the same name, directed by Champreux’s grandfather Louis Feuillade.

  • Francine Bergé on JUDEX

    The following interview with actor Francine Bergé, who plays Diana in JUDEX, was recorded in 2012 for the Cinémathèque française in Paris.

  • “Cinéma de notre temps”: On Georges Franju

    The following program, directed by André S. Labarthe, explores the singular work of Georges Franju. Featuring interviews with Franju and clips from some of his better-known films, it was originally broadcast on September 2, 1998, as part of the French television series “Cinéma de notre temps.”

  • Le grand Méliès

    This 1952 short by Georges Franju is a biographical film about the cinematic illusionist Georges Méliès. It features Méliès’s widow, Jeanne d’Alcy, as herself, and their son, André, as his father. LE GRAND MÉLIÈS, like Franju’s Louis Feuillade tribute, JUDEX, is a revealing homage to one of the d...

  • Hôtel des invalides

    In this documentary from 1952, Georges Franju turns his camera on the seventeenth-century Paris military complex of the title, which includes a hospital turned museum and a burial site. It is narrated by actor Michel Simon and a museum tour guide and features music by Maurice Jarre and images by ...