Flicker Alley presents JUDEX, an important part of cinema history now available for the first time. This remarkably inventive and dreamlike French serial by the great Louis Feuillade represents a highlight in French filmmaking and has inspired generations of filmmakers since its first release by Gaumont in 1917. One of cinema’s first "superheroes," the mysterious Judex (Rene Creste) is torn between an oath of justice against the wealthy banker Favraux (Louis Leubas), who had earlier wronged his family, and his secret love of Favraux’s daughter, Jacqueline (Yvette Andreyor). This framework is the basis of a series of extraordinary and engaging incidents involving Judex’s brother (Edouard Mathe), the evil Diana Monti (Musidora) and her accomplices, the detective Cocatin (Marcel Levesque), and the charming Licorice Kid (Bout-de-Zan), all of them regular players in Feuillade’s grand tapestries. Enjoy this brand new digital edition of what the Village Voice declared as "...one of the most lithe, charming, inventive, and supplely paced serials ever made."
JUDEX - Special 2-DVD Edition
Directed by Louis Feuillade
B&W/ tinted 5 hrs, 15 min.
France (Gaumont Co. Ltd) 1917
• The most complete version of the film currently
available presented in it’s entirety in a newly tinted film transfer.
• New English language translation.
• Digitally recorded orchestral score by the renowned silent film composer Robert Israel
• New booklet essay by noted film historian Jan Christopher Horak
• The Music of Judex – Robert Israel discusses his creative process of the musical score in an 18-minute featurette.