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On DVD, the serial's 12 episodes and prologue are smartly tinted and feature a lively orchestral score by Robert Israel. Feuillade's use of real locations (both Paris and the Riviera figure prominently in the action) gives the film a realistic freshness that cuts wonderfully against the flamboyant plotline. When Feuillade's serials were re-discovered in the 1940s, they proved influential to a generation of filmmakers, and Georges Franju actually did a feature-length remake of Judex in 1963. Indeed, the figure of Judex remains a powerful fantasy protector: his secret lair, his disguises, his complete moral authority (although a cynic might point out that he doesn't always do a good job of protecting his ladylove--but then there'd be no cliffhangers). For all intents and purposes, Judex is Batman. He even has the cape. --Robert Horton
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Louis Feuillade (1873-1925) was the undisputed master of the movie serial. He took what was regarded as the cheapest form of cinematic entertainment and turned it into an art form. Although not as erotic or as violent as LES VAMPIRES his previous effort, JUDEX benefits from a tighter storyline, more fully developed characters, and some of the most remarkable photography to come out of that era. The plot is simple and is basically a reworking of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. A young man plans to avenge himself against the unscrupulous banker who ruined his family but his plans are compromised when he falls in love with the banker's daughter.
The complete film runs over 5 hours and is divided into 12 chapters. While each episode doesn't end in a cliffhanger like most American serials, the storyline is intriguing enough that you'll want to keep going just to see how it all works out. The performances by the French cast are restrained by silent film standards and use a great deal of subtle pantomime which is very effective. The real star however is the photography. Feuillade uses a mostly stationary camera but the compositions of his shots and what he does within them especially in the outdoor scenes is truly remarkable. It is easy to see why he was known as the D. W. Griffith of France.Read more ›
As an admitted comic-book geek, it was great to see the similarities and influence the charater of Judex had with Batman.
(A secret lair, disguises and hidden identities, gadgets...)
I hadn't heard of this series until just recently, but I was familiar "Les Vampires" by Feuillade. (another great serial to watch if you haven't yet!)
While it's very campy at times, at others it's very touching. Especially when Judex thinks he's lost his secret love due to his actions.
The musical score is wonderful and fit the individual characters well, although at times it can become monotonous and I found myself tuning it out as I watched.
The special features (a discussion of the music by Robert Israel) is intersting and well-worth watching.
If you're a comic-book geek you'll appreciate where Bob Kane got some of his ideas for his creation of Batman.
(Also, if you didn't know, the Joker is based on Conrad Veidt's character in "The Man Who Laughs" -- I haven't seen this one yet, but it's next on my list)
If you are a fan of silent films and have not watched this, I highly recommend it... and if you can get your kids to sit still long enough, I think they'd like it too.
This film series, described quite well here, is absolutely awesome. Not only does it show life as it was 95 years ago, it shows the people, how they lived and how they thought. For example, in one early scene, when a pledge is made, it is signified by a heil-Hitler-type salute, and we also did that as kids to salute the American flag.
Set in Paris, the story deals with the title character Judex, cinema's FIRST superhero and forerunner of the comic book. As one reviewer states, Judex is really Batman ... though I will correct that reviewer, and say Judex is Batman's great-grandfather.
Judex is aristocrat Jacques de Tremeuse (René Cresté), a man twisted by a family oath to avenge himself on the evil banker (le banquier Favraux, played by Louis Leubas) who is responsible for the death of their beloved father, the Count de Tremeuse (who is, as far as I know, unnamed and uncredited).
Judex has a brother Roger (Édouard Mathé) who has sworn the same oath of revenge for their father, but being a rather effeminate military officer, he's far from being a Batman prototype. The brothers' touching dedication to their staunch, lovable mother is profoundly symbolic (she is the Countess Dowager de Tremeuse, played most charmingly by Yvonne Dario).
Judex is quite brilliant and is clearly based on Sherlock Holmes. Lots of writers created detectives before Holmes, but Judex is a purely cinematic invention.Read more ›
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Silent serial about a mysterious avenger who uses hypnotic powers, disguises, and a gadget-filled lair to fight a corrupt banker who ruined his family.Published 3 months ago by ARZFAN
I have missed watching this serial a few times over the last several years on TCM, but reading about it intrigued me. Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by BB
I remember seeing a still of this movie serial in a film book. It is directed by master serial director Louis Feuillade.Published on September 19, 2013 by Nile Fraschetti
The quality of the transfer is good, as are the materials that come along with it.
I am disappointed in the fact that it didn't ship for 4 days after I ordered it, then... Read more
Louis Feuillade's 1917 12 chapter serial, JUDEX, was the famed French director's follow-up to his brilliant 10 part saga, LES VAMPIRES (1915-16). Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by Casey62
Yes, the price is a bit expensive but then again, what good and true restoration is not? The picture quality is fantastic and even thought this is a French film, it is clearly... Read morePublished on March 28, 2009 by Martin Grams
This is an exceptionally outstanding 2-DVD set which already rates highly just for its presentation of excellent notes and an informative 20-minute documentary on the making of the... Read morePublished on May 13, 2007 by Barbara Underwood
This was an excellent production by Louis Feuillade! I had seen it on Turner Classic Movies once, and decided I MUST have this movie! Read morePublished on March 1, 2006 by Larry's 66 Diner