- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- 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.)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0002V7O0Q
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Criterion Collection: Eyes Without a Face [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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A HORROR FILM FROM THE 1960S
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 central themes rely on the battle between wanting to inhabit emotions battling against the impact of an emotional erasure. Transplanted to the characters the theme is played out in the battle between the scientist who wants to "save" his daughter, via his narcissism. To do this he wants to destroy other fathers daughters, an absence of empathy. Instead he views the world as his laboratory. Because within "science" - a discipline that prides itself upon emotional erasure, the ends forever justifies his means. "Father" wants to control nature just as they do in real life, and if they are not fathers they are women immersed within a "masculine protest."
A dominant theme ripples throughout the film. It was the father's will to power which destroyed his daughter as his erratic driving drove her disfigured her beauty. Hints at another dimension to his act as a savior. So 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.
A surgical procedure now finally perfected in the 21st, this film explores the ethics, as the scientist is not the hero, but like Frankenstein - the mad man; the serial killer aiming for the greater good based upon himself. Everyone is a pawn in his will to power. As a result the film 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 their attributes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Georges Franju’s classic 1960 horror remains a disturbing, visually stunning and psychologically complex piece of cinema. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Keith M
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 J Crawford
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
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