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29 October 2013

Juana Borguèse

Very little is known about Juana Borguèse who played the evil Baronne d'Apremont in the French silent serial La nouvelle mission de Judex/The New Mission of Judex (1917-1918).

Juana Borguèse in La nouvelle mission de Judex
French postcard by Coquemer Gravures, Paris. Photo: Félix /  Gaumont. Still for La nouvelle mission de Judex (1917-1918).

Creating Havoc In Tandem


Was Juana Borguèse a pseudonym? We don't know, no where and when she was born.

Together with another mysterious and dangerous woman, Gaby (Cyprien Giles), Borguèse's Baronne 'creates havoc in tandem', as Vicki Calahan writes in Zones of Anxiety: Movement, Musidora, and the Crime Serials of Louis Feuillade.

Baronne d'Apremont is the accomplice of the evil Dr. Howey (Andrew Brunelle) in La nouvelle mission de Judex/The New Mission of Judex (Louis Feuillade, 1917-1918).

She has hypnotic powers - mark the eyes on the card - enabling her to force the innocent to do things against their will.

According to Cineressources, the site of the Cinémathèque française, she also played an uncredited part in the earlier film Judex (Louis Feuillade, 1916) in which Musidora played the scheming villain Diana Monti.

Who can tell us more about Juana Borguèse?

Andrew Brunelle in La nouvelle mission de Judex
Andrew Brunelle. French postcard by Coquemer Gravures, Paris. Photo: Gerschel / Gaumont. Still for La nouvelle mission de Judex (1917-1918).

Sources: Vicki Callahan (Zones of Anxiety: Movement, Musidora and the Crime Serals of Louis Feuillade), Cineressources and IMDb.

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