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Judex (1916, Louis Feuillade), Episode 10: Jacqueline's Heart

Jacqueline’s Heart is a very short episode. Nine minutes or so. And nothing much happens except René Cresté plays fast and loose with his multiple identities and Yvette Andréyor finds his make-up kit. Overhearing Andréyor wish his sweet old man persona would show up, Cresté obliges.

A note from Andréyor’s father–no longer imprisoned (at least not by Cresté)–arrives and beckons her to a mysterious meeting on the docks at night. Cresté, as old man, says he’ll go. But then he changes into his Judex gear in his room (next to Andréyor’s) before heading out.

And she sees him. Leading to her investigating his room. And finding his makeup kit. Then along comes Yvonne Dario to console the confused Andréyor.

The episode ends with Dario telling Andréyor everything. Sadly it cuts that scene, so it’s not clear yet if Dario is going to tell Andréyor she–Dario–is the one who wanted to kill her–Andréyor’s–father.

It’s an interesting turn of events; I assumed Andréyor wouldn’t find out the truth until much later. But Judex is getting close to the finish. Only three episodes to go. Or two and an epilogue.

CREDITS

Directed by Louis Feuillade; written by Arthur Bernède and Feuillade; directors of photography, André Glatti and Léon Klausse; production designer, Robert-Jules Garnier; released by Gaumont.

Starring René Cresté (Judex), Yvette Andréyor (Jacqueline Aubry), Musidora (Diana Monti), Louis Leubas (Favraux), Marcel Lévesque (Cocantin), Jean Devalde (Robert Moralés), Édouard Mathé (Roger de Tremeuse), Olinda Mano (Jean), René Poyen (The Licorice Kid), Gaston Michel (Pierre Kerjean), Lily Deligny (Miss Daisy Torp), Juliette Clarens (Gisèle), Georges Flateau (Vicomte de la Rochefontaine), and Yvonne Dario (Comtesse de Tremeuse).


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Judex (1916, Louis Feuillade), Episode 9: When the Child Appeared

This chapter begins with the principals removed from their problems and living it up on the Mediterranean. Édouard Mathé and mother Yvonne Dario have taken Yvette Andréyor, Olinda Mano, and (of course) René Poyen away from the troubles in Paris to a beautiful seaside estate. Somewhere they can all just relax, safe from Musidora’s evil machinations.

Except, of course, lovestruck René Cresté can’t help but rent the estate next door so he can woo Andréyor (in his own identity). He has to bring his prisoner along with, so he also needs the prisoner’s caretaker. Apparently it never occurs to Cresté someone might see supposed dead Louis Leubas and recognize him. Andréyor’s only his daughter, Mano’s only his grandson.

And Mano is the titular Child who appears. Mano’s encounter with Leubas, which returns Leubas to an active role in Judex for the first time since the prologue, isn’t even the most dramatic thing. No, Musidora is also in town. She’s followed private investigator Marcel Lévesque from Paris, bringing once again evil Jean Devalde along. Devalde has gray hair as a disguise, Musidora dresses as a man.

Still. Apparently no one was worried about Lévesque being an obvious target. And when Mano tells everyone about Leubas living next door, it’s clear Cresté doesn’t have a plan for revealing the truth to Andréyor. He’s just a dope in love.

The chapter ends with Lévesque getting a deus ex love interest in (an uncredited) Lily Deligny. She’s swimming the Mediterranean and just happens to be an ex-girlfriend. Lucky Lévesque.

The serial can get away with some of the contrivances just because of the pace–and Musidora’s scheming–but there’s a decided lack of drama this episode, even though it keeps promising it.

CREDITS

Directed by Louis Feuillade; written by Arthur Bernède and Feuillade; directors of photography, André Glatti and Léon Klausse; production designer, Robert-Jules Garnier; released by Gaumont.

Starring René Cresté (Judex), Yvette Andréyor (Jacqueline Aubry), Musidora (Diana Monti), Louis Leubas (Favraux), Marcel Lévesque (Cocantin), Jean Devalde (Robert Moralés), Édouard Mathé (Roger de Tremeuse), Olinda Mano (Jean), René Poyen (The Licorice Kid), Gaston Michel (Pierre Kerjean), Lily Deligny (Miss Daisy Torp), Juliette Clarens (Gisèle), Georges Flateau (Vicomte de la Rochefontaine), and Yvonne Dario (Comtesse de Tremeuse).


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Judex (1916, Louis Feuillade), Episode 8: The Underground Passages of the Chateau-Rouge

The Underground Passages of the Chateau-Rouge shows the audience the most of Judex’s base so far. There’s a finished bedroom and some castle interior hallways. Not just the ruins and then laboratory. Some of it is revealed when brothers René Cresté and Édouard Mathé show their mom, Yvonne Dario, around the base.

She wants to make sure they’re torturing Louis Leubas enough.

But there’s some more of the base revealed when Jean Devalde–who managed to stay a good guy for the entire previous episode, which he didn’t appear in–falls back under Musidora’s charms and brings henchmen to the base to kidnap Leubas.

It doesn’t go according to plan.

The chapter eventually teams Cresté and Marcel Lévesque–all is, of course, forgiven when it comes to Lévesque’s work for Musidora–which leads to the serial’s first gunfight.

A lot happens in the chapter, but only with supporting cast–Leubas, Devalde, and Georges Flateau. I’m assuming the action will return to the principals once Cresté discovers Devalde’s return to the dark side.

CREDITS

Directed by Louis Feuillade; written by Arthur Bernède and Feuillade; directors of photography, André Glatti and Léon Klausse; production designer, Robert-Jules Garnier; released by Gaumont.

Starring René Cresté (Judex), Yvette Andréyor (Jacqueline Aubry), Musidora (Diana Monti), Louis Leubas (Favraux), Marcel Lévesque (Cocantin), Jean Devalde (Robert Moralés), Édouard Mathé (Roger de Tremeuse), Olinda Mano (Jean), René Poyen (The Licorice Kid), Gaston Michel (Pierre Kerjean), Lily Deligny (Miss Daisy Torp), Juliette Clarens (Gisèle), Georges Flateau (Vicomte de la Rochefontaine), and Yvonne Dario (Comtesse de Tremeuse).


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Judex (1916, Louis Feuillade), Episode 7: The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black introduces the first new character to Judex since the first chapter. There’s the prologue and then the first chapter; The Woman is the first new character since the first chapter. It’s Judex’s mom, played by Yvonne Dario (mostly in some awesome old age makeup–Judex is great with the old age makeup).

The chapter opens with her reminiscing about her sons, which turns out to be the secret origin of Judex. Dario has made René Cresté and Édouard Mathé swear to avenge themselves upon Louis Leubas–Leubas sought to financially ruin their father, as well as turn him into a cuckold. Of course, it was when Dario rejected Leubas’s advances–I’m assuming it’s Leubas, if so the old age makeup is even better–he retaliated by ruining the family.

Or at least temporarily. But long enough for tragedy.

The action then returns to the present, with Cresté visiting and trying to Dario to understand he’s in love with Yvette Andréyor and maybe he’s not capable of murder. Dario’s not having it and decides she’s going to take care of things herself.

Meanwhile, pals René Poyen and Olinda Mano decide the adults need to get them reunited, which is a whole production since Georges Flateau is staking out the house where Poyen is hiding. There’s some nice stuff with Marcel Lévesque, whose previous sins are apparently all forgiven (as he’s adorable and babysitting Poyen).

Will the boys reunion be ruined by Dario’s arrival and demand for vengeance?

It’s a good episode. Gets a little long at times–though the payoff of Musidora realizing Flateau’s an idiot and terrible criminal partner is fun–but good. Cresté’s acting is better than it ever has been before. While he’s still in a mope over Andréyor, at least it’s an active mope, as well as one with conflict.

CREDITS

Directed by Louis Feuillade; written by Arthur Bernède and Feuillade; directors of photography, André Glatti and Léon Klausse; production designer, Robert-Jules Garnier; released by Gaumont.

Starring René Cresté (Judex), Yvette Andréyor (Jacqueline Aubry), Musidora (Diana Monti), Louis Leubas (Favraux), Marcel Lévesque (Cocantin), Jean Devalde (Robert Moralés), Édouard Mathé (Roger de Tremeuse), Olinda Mano (Jean), René Poyen (The Licorice Kid), Gaston Michel (Pierre Kerjean), Lily Deligny (Miss Daisy Torp), Juliette Clarens (Gisèle), Georges Flateau (Vicomte de la Rochefontaine), and Yvonne Dario (Comtesse de Tremeuse).


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