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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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Chabrol puts on his Chabrol mask. 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 (Eastmancolor)
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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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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Chabrol puts on his Chabrol mask., 24 January 2003
Author: dbdumonteil

The eighties were not that much a great time for Claude Chabrol.Most of the works of this era ,either have not worn very well (les fantômes du chapelier,poulet au vinaigre) or were not themes for him anyway (le cheval d'orgueil,Patricia Highsmith's "le cri du hibou")

"Masques " is probably his best since "Violette Nozières" (1978) and nearly matches the brilliance of the late sixties/early seventies heyday.

Completely unpretentious,it's full of humor,suspense and of course gastronomy (is there a Chabrol movie where they do not eat?).A marvelous spoof on these numerous TV shows which take dumbness to new limits, a detective story,this movie is much fun to watch.

Philippe Noiret,overplaying as hell -and he's thoroughly enjoyable-,plays the emcee of a broadcast for old people who sing songs of long ago,("les roses blanches" ,the most maudlin song of the whole French repertoire,crooned by an old man, can be heard on the cast and credits).By no means a caricature, because, we've seen worse on French TV.

And to crown it all,the host uses "HItchcock presents " music to enhance his horrible show.And that's not all!Philippe Noiret's character is Mister LEGAGNEUR (GO-GETTER)

The emcee is so full of himself he asks a young novelist (Renucci) to write his biography.They are to work in the country in Legagneur's desirable property,complete with court and chef .A delightful gallery of weirdoes hangs around:A couple,Roger Dumas ,a wine connaisseur, and Bernadette Laffont,who enjoys reading someone's cards and less commendable things -to think that Laffont was featured in Chabrol's very first ,"le beau Serge" ,in 1958!-;a deaf and dumb chauffeur;two strange servants, one of them relishes with Charlotte Armstrong's detective stories-like Chabrol ,who adapted this writer twice :"la rupture" (1970)and "merci pour le chocolat" (2000)-;and,last but not least,a strange girl (Brochet), Legagneur's goddaughter(sic).She seems very sick,or maybe someone helps her to be sick?

Actually nothing is what it seems .Everybody hides himself behind his mask,including the director ,who puts on his Chabrol mask this time.

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