DVD - 2014 | French
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A mysterious kidnapping of a corrupt banker by a shadowy crime fighter (American magician Channing Pollock) spins out into a thrillingly complex web of deceptions. Combining stylish sixties modernisms with silent-cinema touches and even a few unexpected sci-fi accents.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
ISBN: 9781604658552
Branch Call Number: DVD Judex
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
2 videodiscs (97 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 12, 2017

This is an uber-campy suspense/ action/ detective film, with an utterly ludicrous plot.

Nov 27, 2014

Prior to TV, weekly adventure/suspense serials with suspenseful to be continued critical events were used by theatres to bring people back the next week to see how the hero escaped from certain death, etc. The director of Judex, Franju, loved these now “ancient” serials sohe decided to make this film as a homage to one of the most famous French silent serials. This new film has all of the ingredients of the hero combating the evil doers who often wore black outfits and mask which helped the audience fear their menace. The hero was played by Channing Pollock “the most beautiful man in the world”, a non-French-speaking American magician, who often roamed about in this film dressed in a cape, but had no real magical powers.

The plain and obvious truth is - I just cannot get into French (nor Italian) films from the 1950s & 1960s.

Believe me, I've tried my damnedest to learn to appreciate these pictures for what they're supposedly worth, but, time & again, French cinema just bores me something awful. And, I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why so many viewers seem prone to heap piles of praise on these films and give them unreasonably high ratings.

If you ask me (considering all of the French films that I've watched in the past year), I'd say that this is certainly one nation of movie-makers who are almost clueless about producing really worthwhile and entertaining motion pictures.

1963's Judex (directed by Georges Franju) is exactly the sort of "dullsville" French film-making that I'm ranting about here.

Dry, drab and shallow - Judex (filmed in b&w) contained awful violence, terrible acting, idiotic situations, and brain-dead dialogue, all wrapped up in an asinine tale concerning a bunch of bungling criminals who couldn't get the job done right even if their very lives depended upon it.

At numerous times throughout its 90-minute running time I came mighty close to turning Judex right off, for good.

And, that's that!


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