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  • Actors: Philippe Noiret, Robin Renucci, Bernadette Lafont, Monique Chaumette, Anne Brochet
  • Directors: Claude Chabrol
  • Writers: Claude Chabrol, Odile Barski
  • Producers: Marin Karmitz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Homevision
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00026L7NG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,404 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Philippe Noiret (Il Postino, 'Round Midnight) delivers a brilliant performance as a TV Game show host turned killer in Claude Chabrol#s Masques. Roland Wolf is writing a book on the life of TV personality Christian Legagneur (Noiret) - or is he? He spends a weekend doing research for his project and he meets Legagneur's oddball friends and juvenile charge who suffers from a mysterious ailment. A deadly game of cat and mouse, Masques will keep you guessing from first frame to last.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Doug Anderson VINE VOICE on July 14, 2005
Format: DVD
The release of Chabrol's box set last year (2003)has led to a re-evaluation of this seminal new waver's entire ouvre. Previous to the release of this box set common wisdom held that Chabrol made several masterpieces in the sixties and early seventies (Les Biches, Femme Infidele, Le Boucher, This Man Must Die) but that by the mid-seventies his creative well had dried up. Common wisdom also held that Chabrol then experienced a creative rejuvination of his vital creative fluids in the nineties at which time he resumed his task of making masterpieces (Le Ceremonie, Merci Pour Le Chocolat, Flowers of Evil). The films that fall between those two creative periods have largely been forgotten or were never noticed before (by English speaking audiences) because they were never released in this part of the world . The release of the box set in 2003 (which included the above mentioned masterpieces as well as some masteful oddities like La Rupture, Ten Days Wonder& Nada) along with the release of Masques in 2004 ( DVD released in July 2004 but the film was made in 1989), however, has led many to re-evaluate Chabrol's middle period. Masques along with the still available Cry of the Owl (1987) provide ample proof that the years between Le Boucher and La Ceremonie were no less fruitful for Chabrol than were his other more lauded decades of production (1960's & 1990's). In fact with Masques (available for the first time to American viewers) it is begining to appear that the eighties were perhaps Chabrol's most thoughtful years.Read more ›
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With Claude Chabrol's Masques, we have mystery in the country manor with, perhaps, murder in the country manner. But was there a murder and, if so, who did the murdering? Chabrol leads us to the easy conclusion, reassures us, then let's us consider the thought that there might be other possibilities.

It's far better for a director's reputation that he or she turn out turgid serious films than well-crafted entertainments. Claude Chabrol is a case in point. Although his more serious films are scarcely turgid, it is his many films over the last 35 years or so, most of which can easily be called entertainments, at least by me, that sometimes cause a condescending sniff. It's nearly impossible to read comments about a Chabrol film without seeing yet another reference to his "French New Wave" credentials -- of over 40 years ago -- or to that tired old cliché of Chabrol being France's answer to Hitchcock.

I admire Chabrol for one simple reason. In a long career he has continued to make movie after movie, year after year, and good ones. While most of his peers have died, or took themselves too seriously, or wandered about, or didn't produce much, Chabrol has just kept busy making movies...all kinds of movies, mysteries, murders, comedies, satires, dramas. He can be serious about serious things, if it suits him, but more often he can be amusing about serious things. His movies are literate and nearly always depend upon the mood Chabrol creates around the plot. It's clear that he's not impressed by authority figures or the conventions of smooth-running society. He's not above a bit of gruesome shock. Occasionally he can be unsettling, even sad. Occasionally he'll produce a dud or a half dud. Through it all, he keeps making movies.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank J. De Canio on February 10, 2008
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I've always wondered what makes Hitchcock slightly different from his imitators (imitators either by design or accident). The latter films seem to use images that are a potpourri of those of the former. All of the plots and moral interests are there and yet they somehow don't have the cogency, the underlying vision, the emotional underpinnings of a great Hitchcock movie.

In the jargon of creative writing classes, perhaps the problem is that they "tell" instead of "show". Could it be that films which impress me less have ideas that are then gussied up with plot, while the films that mean more to be have narratives which are informed by a vision that drives them?

Certainly the idea of organic growth in those films seems of use here in understanding where the problem may lie; a sense that the situation and its development has or has not been earned.

Be it as it may, Chabrol is always interesting, notwithstanding what may be unavoidable snippets of the master's influence. I like Masques immensely, but with the reservation that Hitchcock would have done it differently. For instance, Sir Alfred emphasized the importance of letting the viewer be privy to important bits of information,lacking which it's harder to get involved.

I'm referring to the fact that the hero has ulterior motives in writing a biography of his avowed idol. Lacking this information, the gun which he deposits in his guest room's closet seems ludicrous at the time. I mean what is a writer doing carrying a gun with him as a guest in someone's house, unless from the beginning he was either groomed as a potential murderer or as the case will be. It's lacking context.

Chabrol knows what it's there for, but shouldn't we?
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