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Criterion Collection: Eyes Without a Face [DVD] [1960] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Georges Hubert , Nicole Ladmiral , Georges Franju    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Georges Hubert, Nicole Ladmiral, Alfred Macquart, Maurice Griselle, André Brunier
  • Directors: Georges Franju
  • Writers: Georges Franju, Claude Sautet, Jean Redon, Pierre Boileau, Pierre Gascar
  • Producers: Jules Borkon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7O0Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A HORROR FILM FROM THE 1960S


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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars haunting, gruesome and beautiful 13 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
With so many unforgettable moments - from the opening scene (accompanied by highly disturbing carnival music) of vampish Louise driving in her 2CV to dump a body at the banks of the Seine; to the unflinching shots of `mad scientist' Dr Genessier's horrific surgical experiments, and the sublime scenes of Christiane gliding ethereally down the steps from the attic in which she is kept - this is a superior horror movie in every way.

Eyes Without a Face (or Les Yeux sans Visage, if you want to be a bit French) combines elements of the Gothic novel with a surrealist sensibility to create an absolutely unforgettable cinematic experience. Long after the cheap-shock tricks of many of today's horror franchises have been forgotten, the hauntingly beautiful scenes of Christiane's eyes gazing through her mask, and the inescapable and bloody surgical scene, will be remembered.

A classic in the genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmeric and Disturbing 13 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
When looking back over the years at the truly defining moments of the horror genre, one will generally encounter the usual titles; `Psycho', `Night of the Living Dead', `The Exorcist', `The Shining', `Halloween', etc. Each of these films has achieved enormous iconic status within popular culture as well as among horror fans, often the subject of parody and pastiche in comedy, TV and commercials. Even today, one is reminded of the terrifying `here's Johnny' moment from `The Shining' by Lenny Henry in the equally disturbing Premier Inn campaign. Yet many will be unaware of George Franju's 1959 cult classic `Eyes Without a Face', a film which has been criminally overlooked and forgotten since its release five decades ago. A film that is both mesmeric and disturbing in its tone and subject matter, it's hard to define why `Eyes Without a Face' has missed out on the notoriety and success of these other classic titles.

The film is centred on Dr Genessier, a crazed surgeon obsessed with trying to find a new face for his disfigured daughter Christiane, following a car crash for which he was responsible. His attempts to do so involve the kidnapping of young women and the subsequent removal of their face. Meanwhile, Christiane is forced to wear a white, featureless mask to cover her horrendous facial injuries, giving her a haunting, ghostly presence. This darkly sinister premise makes for deeply suspenseful viewing, creating enough tension to easily rival many of those famous horror classics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Facial Incision 20 Nov 2011
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
French black and white, gothic horror, similar to "Rebecca" in style, atmosphere and artistic direction.

The central themes rely on the battle between wanting to inhabit emotions and the impact of emotional erasure. This is played out in the battle between the scientist who wants to "save" his daughter by destroying other fathers daughters and the need to see people as more than just the ends. Within "science" a discipline that prides itself upon emotional erasure, the ends justifies his means. "Father" wants to control nature.

This is the dominant theme throughout the film. It was his will to power that destroyed his daughter as his eratic driving drove her to an initial destruction. Then he states he wants to rebuild her. Meanwhile he has his loyal servant, a procuress, who entices young women into his dungeon where he incises their faces and transplants them onto his daughter.

A procedure now finally perfected in the 21stC, this film explores the ethics of undertaking this, as the scientist is not the hero, but like Frankenstein he is the mad man; the serial killer aiming for the greater good based upon himself. Everyone is a pawn in his will to power, this raises a number of issues around sacrifice for the greater social interest. Realistically, only the dead can offer their skin, and as the film points out, they have to be freshly deceased, otherwise, necrotisis destroys the skin. In the film the women surrender their faces, whilst still alive, and this elicits the horror.

The camera work is also another star, along with the acting, the film underplays the horror, and the seeming fultiity of the venture. Freedom becomes the motto, freedom from control. Meanwhile in the 21st century face transplants are becoming a norm. This film shows where the corpses have laid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Les yeux sans visage (AKA: Eyes Without a Face) is directed by Georges Franju and collectively written by Franju, Jean Redon, Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac and Claude Sautet. It stars Pierre Brasseur, Edith Scob, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel and Francois Guerin. Music is by Maurice Jarre and cinematography by Eugen Schufftan.

Dr. Genessier (Brasseur) is wracked with guilt over the car accident he caused that saw his beloved daughter Christiane (Scob) suffer horrendous facial injuries. He has a notion to perform xenograft surgeries on female victims and transplant the face onto that of Christiane…

It sounds like a classic mad scientist movie, the sort where Peter Lorre stalks around the place with a devilish grin on his face, only the French version! Eyes Without a Face isn’t that sort of horror film, haunting? Yes, but there is no killing for joy or sadism here, it’s done for love, to assuage guilt whilst advancing science. Oh it’s still madness, but there’s a real sadness to Dr. Genessier’s actions, touchingly so, and with Franju a master of hauntingly lyrical splendour, it’s a film as beautiful as it is troubling.

Christiane is a living doll, a slow moving angel forced to wear a porcelain mask to hide her badly burned face. As she glides around the Gothic halls of the Genessier house – and the lower tier corridors of the hospital that’s annexed to the house - Franju never wastes a chance to poeticise a scene, using slow and long takes in silence that imbue the story with a sense of the foreboding. Even when there is dialogue, it’s always in hushed tones unless it involves the police, who are naturally suspicious of the good doctor Genessier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ..............
That was some seriously crazy cinema, theatrical but so much more at the same time
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Published 15 months ago by smuru
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyes without a face: Ahead of its time!
This film was clearly ahead of its time and was too much for many critics of the day to stomach. This is up there as one of the greatest, most influential and disturbing films ever... Read more
Published 22 months ago by jason crawford
2.0 out of 5 stars Frighteningly average potboiler
When people talk about lovers of foreign films being pseuds, I can't help wondering if Eyes Without a Face is exactly the kind of movie they mean. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Burrobaggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Really fine horror-art film in Black and White, from France.
Georges Franju's "Eyes Without A Face" was begging to be another one of those Grindhouse B-movies, and indeed, it was released in the US as if it was one. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by Puzzle box
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyes without a face
I remember seeing this film first time round (1959) as a 14 year old boy. It was rated in those days as an "X" certificate, which meant you had to be aged over 16 years to get in... Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2011 by RTFishall
5.0 out of 5 stars An haunting horror movie
Having only recently watched this movie, and considering the fact that it was made half a century ago, its hardly surprising to learn of the revulsion felt by many viewers at the... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2010 by Alan James "Maebuschfan"
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie & creepy
Loved this film actually made me jump quite a few times! The acting is brilliant & the lead girl is .... Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by Ms. L. Alderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Two -faced
Eyes Without a Face is as precise as it's title suggests.We are in a world of masks and false identities. Read more
Published on 24 May 2009 by technoguy
3.0 out of 5 stars "My Face or Yours?"
I was pretty darned intrigued when I heard about this movie. Everything about it seemed to appeal to the darker side of my nature - a French gothic horror movie with an incredibly... Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2008 by Mr. B. A. D. Plowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!!!!!!
If you said to me a year ago I would like a 1950's film I would have laughed this has so much going for it you want to see behind the mask !!! Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2008 by DJ ANSKOVICH
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