Film Maudit 2.0: A Celebration of the Outrageous, the Overlooked, and the Accidentally Uplifting

Brandon Judell
The Shadow
Published in
9 min readJan 12, 2022

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A scene from “Bloody Oranges.”

The literal translation of the term film maudit is “cursed film.” Well, back in 1949, the writer/director/god Jean Cocteau headed a jury that pulled together a showcase of cinematic offerings that’d been overlooked at the time or were deemed “shocking, outré, and bold.” The result: the apparently legendary Festival du Film…

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Brandon Judell
The Shadow

For half a century, Brandon Judell has covered the LGBTQI scene and the arts. He currently lectures at The City College of New York.