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Gothic Chills With a Gallic Flourish...
on 11 December 2015
This is an eerie exercise in psychological horror by a true French auteur, Georges Franju. There is much to love, not least the gruesome depiction of the operating theatre (and its aftermath), the manner in which Franju elicits sympathy for both victim and 'villain' and the way in which his camera glides in doleful observance of the mysterious surroundings throughout the film. It is perhaps a little dated at times and there are moments where an illumination of the context to these characters could be made more substantial and would have been most welcome. However, if you enjoyed the likes of 'Judex' and 'Nuit Rouges', then you will certainly enjoy this melancholy tale.