Judex, Episode V – The Tragic Mill

Judex, Episode V – Le Moulin tragique

Judex, Episode V – The Tragic Mill

Louis Feuillade, Musidora (Artist)

Finally Back on the Silver Screen

Judex has incarcerated Favraux, a banker, because he ruined the lives of poor people such as Kerjean. At the same time, though, he is secretly protecting Jacqueline, Favraux’s daughter, and her son Jean. Gangsters Diana Monti and Moralès (her lover) are plotting abduction and extortion. Meanwhile, Cocantin is a private detective who’s not quite in the same league as the schemers. The figure of Diana Monti – assuming this is possible – is even meaner than that of Irma Vep, especially when compared to the remorseful and innocent Jacqueline. Diana Monti and Moralès, warned by Judex to leave Jacqueline alone, start to plot new mischief. With sardonic humour, they draw attention to Cocantin’s inadequacies. When Moralès refuses to get Jacqueline out of the way, Diana Monti even starts to blackmail her lover …


Louis Feuillade


Louis Feuillade, Arthur Bernède


Léon Clausse, A. Glattli


René Cresté, Yvette Andreyor, Musidora, Marcel Levesque, Louis Leubas, Gaston Michel, Olinda Mano, René Poyen, Jean Devalde |




Gaumont Pathé Archives

Musidora (Artist)

Musidora (Jeanne Roques, 1889-1957) came from a progressive artistic family and studied art and drama. Following her theatre debut in 1910, she appeared in the classy revues at the Bataclan and Folies Bergère, the legendary »music-halls« in Paris. On account of her striking stage presence and her versatility as an actress, director Louis Feuillade offered her roles in his films at Gaumont. From 1914 to 1917, Musidora thus played wicked women in the sensational serials Les Vampires and Judex as well as over a dozen comedy parts alongside star comedian Marcel Levesque. It was in this way that she became the screen icon for attractive gangster moll in silent film. Until the beginning of the 1920s, then, Musidora remained loyal to the revue scene and was rated one the most popular stars of stage and screen in France. In 1920, she founded her own film production company for which she wrote and produced three dramas and a self-ironical theatre & film treatment, taking the lead role in each. These characters were often criminal too but usually could justify their treachery and homicidal urges. In 1925, Musidora had to give up her company for financial reasons, after which she lived as a sculptor and writer, making the occasional stage appearance. She spent the last ten years of her life as an employee at the Cinémathèque Française assisting on a major research project about French silent movies.

Films with Musidora
La tierra de los toros 1924 | Soleil et Ombre 1922 | Pour Don Carlos 1920 | Vicenta 1919