“Judex” is a French crime thriller film released in 1963, directed by Georges Franju and starring Channing Pollock and Francine Bergé. The film is a modern retelling of the silent film serial of the same name from 1916.
The story follows Judex (played by Channing Pollock), a masked vigilante who seeks revenge against a corrupt banker named Favraux (played by Michel Vitold). Favraux had swindled Judex’s father out of his fortune, causing him to die in poverty.
Judex kidnaps Favraux and puts him on trial for his crimes. However, he is interrupted by the arrival of a beautiful woman named Diana Monti (played by Francine Bergé), who has her own plans for Favraux’s money. Diana is a member of a criminal organization and seeks to use Favraux’s money to fund their illegal activities.
As Judex and Diana clash over Favraux’s fate, they both become embroiled in a web of intrigue and danger. Along the way, they encounter a cast of eccentric characters, including a clown, a magician, and a loyal servant named Cocantin (played by René Génin).
In the end, Judex is able to bring Favraux to justice and foil Diana’s plans. The film ends with Judex revealing his true identity and disappearing into the night.
“Judex” is a stylish and suspenseful crime thriller that showcases director Georges Franju’s unique visual style. The film’s intricate plot and intriguing characters make it a standout of the genre, and its combination of action, romance, and mystery has made it a cult classic among film buffs.
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