Image from the motion picture Judex


Crime, Drama, Thriller | 1963 | 98MIN


Georges Franju


Channing Pollock
Edith Scob
Francine Bergé
Sylva Koscina

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.

Programmed by Sara Driver as a complement to her retrospective On the Bowery: Lost and Found Films of Sara Driver.

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