Judex ★★★½

how did we let "women in catsuit" movies die!? there are a few brave soldiers like Assayas, but for the most part the cinema is clearly regressing. i suspect it's because the look was co-opted by superhero spandex... yet another thing that garbage has taken from us.

anyway, i had almost no idea what the fuck was happening in this movie (the result of condensing a 5-hour serial into 97 minutes, i suppose), but i really didn't care. Franju's homage to Feuillade is note-perfect in all the ways that count. Francine Berge... in a massive nun's hat. Francine Berge... hanging onto the side of a building in the moonlight. Judex in a bird mask. irises and title cards. please sir, i want some more.