Eyes Without A Face  [DVD]
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French horror directed by Georges Franju. After his daughter Christiane (Edith Scob) is horribly disfigured in a car accident he caused, plastic surgeon Dr. Génessier (Pierre Brasseur) is driven mad with guilt. As atonement, the doctor, aided by his loyal assistant Louise (Alida Valli), kidnaps young women, takes them to his secret laboratory and surgically removes their faces with the hope of grafting them on to his daughter's ruined features and restoring her former beauty. But will Christiane allow him to succeed in his dangerous experiments?
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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.
The story originates with Plastic Surgeon, Dr Gennesier (Pierre Brasseur) who's guilt at recklessly crashing his car which left his daughter, Christiane (played by Edith Scob) severely facially disfigured, turns him into a dangerous obsessive, who's sole aim is to restore her beauty at any cost.
Aided by loyal assistant, Louisa (Alida Valli), young women are lured to his home to become unwitting donors to his evil schemes.
The white mask that the delicate and fragile Christiane wears emphasises the emotions in her eyes, which is rather unsettling, she also moves quitely around her tiny world within the house, the gruesome "face removing" scene is followed by the harrowing scenes of the young victim's fate, which I found to be very moving.
The black and white photography in Georges Franju's movie merely adds to the haunting and disturbing atmosphere of the story, which is in turns obscenely cruel and amoral yet coldly beautiful, a bewitching fairytale of the darkest variety, a horror movie of real quality.
The widescreen picture quality is excellent, the movie is French language with optional English subtitles, and is 86 minutes in length approx.
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.Read more ›
Meanwhile, she mopes behind a white porcelaine-like mask,shut away from the world. Like a creepy fairy-tale princess awaiting release.She is the dominant centre of the film,seeming to call forth desperate measures from her father,whereas he is the active centre.There is a ghastly cost to all this:the disposing of dead bodies in rivers or underground vaults,by his loyal robotic assistant-lover,Louise.Also,after a few days the transplants are rejected and the graft rots.The same cycle is repeated again.The pivotal centre of the film is when Genessier starts to sketch out on a guinea-pig's face with a pencil, then using his scalpel proceeds to cut along the pencilled line, with blood coming out all the way along.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2014 by Spike Owen
That was some seriously crazy cinema, theatrical but so much more at the same time
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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 morePublished on 8 Jun. 2012 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on 30 May 2012 by Burrobaggy
French black and white, Gothic horror, similar to "Rebecca" in style, atmosphere and artistic direction. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2011 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
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 morePublished on 17 Aug. 2011 by Puzzle box