Les Trois Masques (1929)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - France  |  
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Previously filmed in 1921, Charles Mere's play Les Trois Masques (Three Masks) was the basis of France's first all-talking feature. Set on the island of Corsica, the story was distinguished by its "mystery" angle, replete with multiple disguises and deceptions. Renee Heribel heads the cast, which was surprisingly shy of star names. The trade paper Variety's review chose to point out the film's shortcomings by comparing its box-office performance to that of several concurrently-released American talkies. It was also revealed in the review that Les Trois Masques was filmed in England because none of Paris' movie studios had yet been wired for sound.