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Release Date:
11 February 1987 (France) See more »
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France's master of stylish and witty suspense presents his delightfully dark and hauntingly humorous game of cat and mouse
Plot:
Roland Wolf wants to write a book about a TV game-show host, the hail-fellow-well-met Christian Legagneur... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 nominations See more »
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A thought-provoking thriller from a master of suspense See more (10 total) »

Cast

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Philippe Noiret ... Christian Legagneur
Robin Renucci ... Roland Wolf
Bernadette Lafont ... La masseuse / The masseuse
Monique Chaumette ... Colette, la secrétaire / The secretary

Anne Brochet ... Catherine
Roger Dumas ... Manu
Pierre-François Dumeniaud ... Max
Pierre Nougaro ... Gustave
Renée Dennsy ... Émilie
Yvonne Décade ... Antoinette
Blanche Ariel ... Rosette
René Marjac ... Maurice
Paul Vally ... Henry
Denise Pezzani ... Mme Lemonier
Pierre Hisch ... M. Loury
Michel Dupuy ... L'assistant
Henri Attal ... Le surveillant
Dominique Zardi ... Totor
François Lafont ... L'homme à la blouse

Directed by
Claude Chabrol 
 
Writing credits
Odile Barski  &
Claude Chabrol 

Produced by
Marin Karmitz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Matthieu Chabrol 
 
Cinematography by
Jean Rabier 
 
Film Editing by
Monique Fardoulis 
 
Production Design by
Françoise Benoît-Fresco 
 
Costume Design by
Magali Fustier-Dray  (as Magali Fustier)
 
Makeup Department
Josée De Luca .... makeup artist: Mrs. Lafont
Sylvie Mathevet .... hair stylist
Jacques Moisant .... hair stylist: Mrs. Lafont
Jacky Reynal .... makeup artist (as Jackie Reynal)
 
Production Management
Pierre-Olivier Baudin .... assistant unit manager
Fabienne Faudot-Bel .... unit manager
Catherine Lapoujade .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michel Dupuy .... assistant director
Alain Wermus .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Dominique Beaucamps .... assistant decorator
Pierre Galliard .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jean-Pierre Duret .... sound assistant
Jean-Jacques Ferran .... sound assistant
Jean-Pierre Fénié .... sound assistant
Maurice Gilbert .... sound mixer
André Naudin .... foley artist
François Naudin .... assistant foley artist
Jean-Bernard Thomasson .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Catherine Cabrol .... still photographer
Jean-Baptiste Dutreix .... key grip
Maurice Estival .... best boy gaffer
Jean Fleury .... best boy gaffer
Olivier Ide .... assistant camera
Jean-Marc Rabier .... assistant camera
Dominique Robert .... grip
Claude Rouxel .... gaffer
Michel Thiriet .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvette Bonnay .... costumer
Céline .... gowns: Mrs. Chaumette
Lolita Lempicka .... gowns: Mrs. Lafont
 
Editorial Department
Angela Braga-Mermet .... assistant editor
Olivier Rossignol .... assistant editor
Françoise Vuillemin .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Michel Ganot .... musical director
Jean-Pierre Pelissier .... music recordist
 
Other crew
Aurore Chabrol .... script supervisor (as Aurore Paquiss)
Florence de Masson .... apprentice director
Jean-Michel Gageat .... groupman
Carole Génovès .... apprentice script
Marguerite Lemarchand .... production secretary
Cécile Maistre .... apprentice manager
Catherine Martin .... canteen
Paulette Materne .... production administrator
Joseph Schillinger .... canteen
Eva Simonet .... press attache
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Masks" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
100 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Norway:12 (original rating) | Sweden:11 | West Germany:12 (f)
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Crew or equipment visible: (at around 30 mins) In the scene with Catherine sitting outside in the garden, the camera is reflected in her sunglasses.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A thought-provoking thriller from a master of suspense, 24 June 2000

At a time when skeletons were being found in the cupboards of a number of well-known celebrities in France, Chabrol created this film which asks the simple question: what lies beneath the mask of an apparently pleasant and sugar-sweet public figure? Can such a person be utterly wicked, capable of fraud, deceit - even murder - and get away with all that unnoticed? How far can the public image and the private reality differ?

For the subject of his analysis, Chabrol could hardly have chosen a better actor than Philippe Noiret. In his role, Noiret is so successful that it is virtually impossible to believe that his character could harm a fly - until the truly disturbing scene when his daughter shows him a bird in a cage, triggering a phobic reaction that causes the mask to slip - albeit for just a moment. After that, the mask stays firmly in place, until the last possible moment. But when the mask does fall, as it has to, and Legagneur turns on his television viewers, we see the truth in an instant and ask ourselves: how could we have been so blind? More disturbingly, we begin to question - as Chabrol intended we should - whether any real-life TV presenters have similar dark secrets.

Whilst not quite in the league of some of Chabrol's other thrillers (most notably the superb La Cérémonie), Masques is a film which does have some gripping moments and some sparkling dialogue. The ending is as funny as it is tragic, and, as a thought-provoker, it achieves its objective a little too successfully. I for one will never be able to watch a silver-tongued TV presenter again without thinking: what lies behind this mask?

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