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  • Actors: Erich von Stroheim, Jeanne Bates, William Wright, Denise Vernac, Edward Van Sloan
  • Directors: Lew Landers
  • Writers: Arthur St. Claire, Griffin Jay
  • Producers: Alfred Stern, Max Alexander
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 1999
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305473110
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mask of Diijon" on IMDb

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Eric von Stroheim (Sunset Boulevard) stars in this mesmerizing, classic tale of horror. Von Stroheim plays a hypnotist who tries to have his hypnotized wife kill the man he suspects is her lover. In the dazzling finale, von Stroheim barricades himself in a magician's shop that may be more dangerous than the police outside trying to bring him out.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Oerman on July 31, 2002
Format: DVD
I almost gave this 3 stars, then I remembered how turgid the buildup to the supposed climax was, and how contrived, improbable and lazily directed (by Lew Landers of Return of the Vampire) the "poetic justice" ending was, and so I took a star away.
This is a cheap movie which spins the tale of an angry and paranoid Von Stroheim, a formerly-great magician who now sits and broods and makes intense eyes at his wife while reading books on hypnotism. This is actually endurable for quite a long time, as the many close-ups of Von Stroheim's mug give him ample opportunity to utilize his many subtle yet weird facial expressions. His forehead alone is capable of 496 different wrinkle patterns, denoting fear, resentfulness, jealousy, disappointment, hate, dislike, intense dislike, detestment, amusement, and constipation, to name but a few.
But this movie is padded, and belongs to the school of thought which believes that slow in and of itself equals suspenseful. It will come as no surprise to even unsavvy viewers that Diijon (note the exotic second 'i') believes his wife of carrying on with the piano player where he made a semi-disastrous one-night comeback. (Actually, I thought his act went OK; I mean, he basically levitated a woman. So what if she fell after a while? Let's see your hoity-toity piano player do make a chick float!) Anyway, Von Stroheim's jealousy drives him to murder.
There is an interesting scene as V.S. walks down a foggy street hearing mocking laughter and seeing jeering faces. One can wonder if this at all parallels his real feelings, after his fall from grace in Hollywood, before his role in Sunset Blvd., when this Poverty Row material was all he could land.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Paetow on June 10, 2003
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Though intended as crime drama, this offbeat offering has as much to do with horror as noir. Von Stroheim, with his sinister squint and creepily cocked fedora, seems a preternatural presence as he skulks through the story, somehow hypnotizing the hapless into uncharacteristic performance. Modern viewers may find themselves tottering toward helpless tittering as he uses flicks and flashes from a lighter to mesmerize his foils. In the mid 40's, though, such a premise probably seemed less preposterous, and von Stroheim's Prussian mien must have exuded a milieu that tweeked the xenophobic. Seen from this perspective, the film may be of interest as a sort of period piece--and, regardless, it does have Erich von Stroheim...and a noirishly nifty finale!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By larryj1 on March 27, 2011
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The Image DVD is a beat-up TV print, but at least it's complete and watchable. The PRC logo has been replaced by a
TV logo at the beginning.
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