My pick of the week is a Criterion release, Georges Franju’s 1963 film Judex. I’ve never seen this film (I’ve only seen Eyes Without a Face of Franju’s work), but it definitely sounds like something I’d like: “Combining stylish sixties modernism with silent-cinema touches and even a few unexpected sci-fi accents, Judex is a delightful bit of pulp fiction and a testament to the art of illusion.” It’s an update of the silent Louis Feuillade serial. Which I also haven’t seen. Oops.
More DVD/Blu-ray releases after the jump.
Here’s the description from Warner Archive: “When Kim Prescott comes home to her Spanish villa on night, she finds a young man has moved into her home–claiming to be the brother she believed had died in an automobile accident in South Africa. The man manages to dismiss Prescott’s household staff, replacing them with his own, to convince people that he is Prescott’s brother and to plant seeds of doubt about Prescott’s sanity… seeds that begin to grow with the local townspeople, the police and within Prescott herself in this taut thriller.”
Sounds like Gaslight with extra stolen identity. I’m sold.
Fox Cinema Archive
“When a test pilot betrays his country helping an undercover spy obtain blueprints of a secret aircraft, the conspirators plane crashes killing all aboard.” Espionage plus Peter Lorre. Sounds good to me.
For new releases, both major ones are ones I’m kicking myself I didn’t make it to in theatres – I suspect both will be rentals in pretty short order, but Grand Budapest Hotel is definitely first, beating out even The Lego Movie in anticipation.