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Judex [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1963]

Release Date:06/17/2014
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The characters and plot convolutions of the classic silent French serial Judex are thrust into a 1960s framework in this Georges Franju concoction. Channing Pollock plays a mysterious masked avenger who kidnaps evil-banker Michel Vitold, then sets about to turn the banker's friends and loved ones against him. At first appearing to be as wicked as his captive, Pollock is actually motivated by familial love: his father had been driven to suicide by Vitold. Pollock is successful in destroying his enemy, adding spice to the program by wedding Vitold's daughter Edith Scob. In keeping with the spirit of the original serial, Pollock pops in and out of the plotline decked out in impenetrable disguises. As with his earlier horror film Eyes without a Face (1960), director Franju invests his two-dimensional material in Judex with three-dimensional characters.~Hal Erickson


Interview from 2007 with cowriter Jacques Champreux

Interview from 2012 with actor Francine Bergé

Franju le visionnaire, a fifty-minute program form 1998 on director Georges Franju's career

Two short films by Franju: Hôtel Des Invalides (1951), about the Paris military complex, and Le Grand Méliès (1952), about director Georges Méliès