Judex 1916
The great French director Louis Feuillade made his mark with silent crime and adventure serials at around the same time that D.W. Griffith was making his social masterworks in the USA. Working on location, Feuillade's films had a swiftness and a realism that beautifully carried them over their five- and six-hour running times.

Judex -- which means "justice" -- tells the story of a kind of early superhero (Rene Creste), who wears a black cloak and a black wide-brimmed hat. His first act is to ruin a wealthy banker (Louis Leubas) whose carelessness and selfishness has driven thousands to bankruptcy or suicide. But he falls in love with the banker's daughter (Yvette Andreyor) when she donates her entire inheritance to charity.

Judex uses its 5 1/2 hour running time to continually flesh out its characters and build on an epic storyline, providing surprise twists well into the game.

Flicker Alley's Judex DVD presents the most complete version of the film available today, restored and digitally mastered in 12 episodes (plus a prologue) on two discs. Composer Robert Israel has selected and adapted a new score to fill out all 5 1/2 hours, and he's done an extraordinary job. Israel discusses his work in a 17-minute featurette that appears on disc two.

Director: Louis Feuillade
Cast: Rene Creste, Musidora, Rene Poyen, Edouard Mathe
Country: France
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Silent

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 315 minutes | 7.64 Gb + 7.70 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English intertitles
Subtitles: none

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