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Iron Mask (1929)

Douglas Fairbanks Sr. , Belle Bennett , Allan Dwan  |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Belle Bennett
  • Directors: Allan Dwan
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RKV37M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,736 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Iron Mask (1929)" on IMDb

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Douglas Fairbanks stars in his last silent film as D'Artagnan, the fabled member of the Three Musketeers, who must reunite his friends to rescue his girlfriend and save the true King of France. This adaptation from the Alexander Dumas stories of "The Three Musketeers" and "The Man in the Iron Mask" was a sequel to Fairbanks' 1921 vehicle "The Three Musketeers".

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Swan Song Of The Silent Film. June 25, 2002
Format:DVD
This has always been my favorite Douglas Fairbanks feature as well as one of my favorite silent films. It has everything. Comedy! Drama! Spectacle! Adventure! Pathos! And in this new restoration grand sweeping music from the John Williams of the silent film score, Carl Davis.

For years this film was available in an abridged 1952 version with no intertitles and voiceover narration by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. or in an extremely worn out version from the Killiam Collection. Now Kino International in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art and Britain's Photoplay Productions have given us this beautifully restored version of the original 1929 film complete with Fairbanks Sr's original spoken introduction and interlude. A fitting end to Doug's silent film career and to silent film itself as by the time this came out sound was here to stay and an art form that was born, developed and refined within the space of only 30 years perished.

Of the many film adaptations of THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK, this one remains the most compelling. The DVD comes loaded with a number of bonus features including outtakes and a portion of the 1952 reissue. Needless to say an absolute must for the silent film or Douglas Fairbanks buff and an ideal introduction to the art of the silent film for those not familiar with it. Great for kids too.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doug's Last Great Film June 28, 2002
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The Iron Mask is Douglas Fairbanks's last great film. It is one of those rare birds, a sequel which improves on the original. The Three Musketeers is a fine film, a fun swashbuckling romp, but The Iron Mask has a better story and has a depth which the earlier film lacks. Fairbanks was coming to the end of his career when he made The Iron Mask and seems to have put everything into it. The sets and costumes look authentic, the extras are numerous and the cast are uniformly first rate. Nigel de Brulier reprises his role as the scheming Cardinal Richelieu. He is a good villain because he is not wholly malevolent. He is the enemy of D'Artagnan, but the two respect each other and behave towards each other honourably. Richelieu is cruel but it is the cruelty of the statesman who will do anything in the interest of the state. Marguerite de la Motte is, once again, the lovely Constance. Her romantic scenes with D'Artagnan show why he will go to any lengths to save her from Richelieu's plots. Fairbanks is his usual athletic self. He performs amazing stunts, all the more remarkable because he was nearly fifty when he made The Iron Mask. But Fairbanks's performance is not merely a matter of swordplay and gymnastics. His acting shows greater depth of emotion than in some of his earlier films. This story is at times poignant, but Fairbanks has the acting skills to be equal to the changes of mood. He is wonderful as the aging musketeer full of regret, saddened and chastened by life, but still willing to give his all for his King.
The print used for this Kino DVD is wonderful. It scarcely has a blemish and the black and white photography is shown in all its glory. There are two brief talking sequences in The Iron Mask one at the start and one half way through. There is thus the chance to hear Fairbanks talk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the top 5 greatest silent films November 11, 2002
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This is a magnificent film that has been overlooked for too long.It's Fairbank's shortest swashbuckler and this really helps.
The film just flies by and is not bogged down by too much pagentry or an inane love story. The brief wooing of Constance by D'Artagnan is adorable and the musketeers only "defeat" - though pure slapstick - is simply wonderful. There are other bits of comedy but this a is a very dark film. At the end, eight of the films ten leading characters have died and only one by natural causes Director Dwan has you really caring for Constance and the Musketeers and their deaths are very moving. And best if all is the conclusion - one of a handful of greatest in all film. Only the hardest soul could not shed tears yet feel the warmth as the four great friends go on to "greater adventure."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Film with a Great Score August 15, 2002
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This is actually a new issue (for 2002) of The Iron Mask from Kino featuring a new print from the Museum of Modern Art and a score written by Carl Davis. Kevin Brownlow is one of the producers. There are two brief scenes where Douglas Fairbanks speaks to the audience that has been remastered for this version of the film. The print is flawless, and it was a pleasure to see such a loving restoration. Carl Davis does an excellent job with the score; it fits the mood of the film perfectly. Even if you have the older issue by Kino you will want to see this new edition, if nothing else, for the excellent music. Having seen the 1952 re-release of this film with spoken narration by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. I much prefer the film the way it was first presented. The narration, good as it may be, is more of a distraction and an accommodation to an audience used to sound pictures. Sorry to have to correct Amazon but Fairbanks was 46 when he made this film not 43. It had been eight years since he did The Three Musketeers.
With the many positive reviews already posted for this film all I can say is that it is well cast and acted and is a memorable farewell to the silent era by one of its brightest stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Silent version.
OK if you like silent versions. I find them a bit too long and tedious. They seem to have a bit too much filler of people just standing around pretending to talk. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Will Talk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Another silent movie classic. The acting is excellent, and I like the accompanying music. I do enjoy watching these older films - they have a great story line, and the plot is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Morris Lint
3.0 out of 5 stars Political Intrigue in France
The Iron Mask, 1929 film

In 1638 there is a holiday. Louis XIII is the King of France, there is intrigue in the palace. A child is expected, heir to the throne. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Acute Observer
5.0 out of 5 stars malace in the palace
An iron mask, a prison within the prison he is locked-up in, is placed on the head
of the rightful king of France and locked. Read more
Published 10 months ago by hawkeye
1.0 out of 5 stars streaming version is not the restored version
The streaming version is not the restored version. It lacks the spoken prologue and probably lacks other restored parts. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Steve
2.0 out of 5 stars Old b/w "SILENT" movie
Don't be fooled by the movie poster/cover -- this is a black and white film and a SILENT movie at that! Read more
Published 21 months ago by N. Gregg
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the most perfect silent swashbuckler of them all
In his groundbreaking series Hollywood, Kevin Brownlow chose 1929's The Iron Mask not just as Douglas Fairbanks' swansong as a silent swashbuckler, but as a swansong for the entire... Read more
Published on December 19, 2010 by Trevor Willsmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
The only thing that would make this DVD package better, for me, would be to also have the option of the entire 1952 reissue of the film. Read more
Published on September 4, 2008 by David H. Saaf
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy the KINO DVD, not this rip off!
This is a bootleg with the logo branded on the lower right corner of the entire film. There is no DVD menu, and the worst thing is that the soundtrack is an over the top dramatic... Read more
Published on July 13, 2007 by Orson Welles
5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumphant Farewell to the Silent Era
"The Iron Mask" (1929) was Douglas Fairbanks' glorious valedictory to the art of silent film. Collaborating with director Allan Dwan and set designer William Cameron Menzies, the... Read more
Published on May 2, 2007 by Scott T. Rivers
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