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Judex + Nuits Rouges,
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This review is from: Judex/Nuits Rouges [Masters of Cinema] [DVD]  (DVD)
This DVD contains two films by Georges Franju: Judex (1963) and Nuits Rouges (1973).
Judex feels somewhat like an old or even silent movie, and this is intended. It is based on Feuillade's film from 1916. Franju has captured the b/w "orthochromatic" look and and also used inserted text tableaus to mark new chapters. The story of Judex is quite simple and is about a masked avenger and a villain, and it is not at all realistic. Also, the introduction to and psychology of the characters are barely sketched. In spite of this the plot is full of suspense, and the film has it's own visual style. It is all very entertaining.
Nuits Rouges is made 10 years later and is in the same genre, but in color. Here the villain is the masked powerful being ("the man without a face") whose identity is totally mysterious. And the good side are just normal guys who try to outsmart and escape the vilains hunt for the secret of the knight templars treasure. As in Judex the psychologies and the story is not at all realistic but rather takes place in it's own universe. Here we also have a mad scientist who can make zombies out of humans and use them as killers. All of this is totally hilarious.
I give the films 4 stars and the DVD 5 stars. You get two unique and interesting films for the price of one. The transfer is very sharp, but on Nuits Rouges the voices were a little out of sync. Also included is a thick (47 page) booklet with interviews and stuff. Recommended to everyone interested in cinema.