Sunday, November 21, 2010

1987 - MASQUES another Claude Chabrol hate letter to the French bourgeois

Not the best Chabrol I've seen but not bad.  Philippe Noiret is a game show host who's one of those jolly good fellow type of guys.  Since this is a Claude Chabrol film he has a few skeletons in his closet. 

Chabrol's very smooth style is once again in action.  Everything is well staged and photographed.  All the actors give good performances.  Where he gets into trouble is with his story, with the exception of Noiret most of the characters are underdeveloped and the mystery part of the story is kind of uninteresting.

is well made and not bad, however for a suspense thriller it's a little lazy.   Noiret gets to give a great "screw you" speech at the end of the film as things are closing in on him which is fun to watch.

100 minutes.

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