Secluded in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter’s disfigured face—but at a horrifying price. At once ghastly lyrical, Eyes Without a Face is a true rarity of horror cinema and has influenced countless films. —The Criterion Collection
Georges Franju (12 April 1912 – 5 November 1987) was a French filmmaker. He was born in Fougères, Ille-et-Vilaine.
Before working in French cinema, Franju had several different jobs. These included working for an insurance company and in a noodle factory. Franju was also briefly in the military in Algeria and was discharged in 1932. On his return, Franju studied to become a set designer and later created backdrops for music halls including Casino de Paris and the Folles Bergère.
In the mid-thirties, Franju and Henri Langlois met through Franju’s twin brother Jacques Franju. As well as creating the 16 mm short film Le Métro, Langois and Franju also started a short-lived film magazine and created a film club called Le Cercle du Cinema with 500 francs he borrowed from Langlois’ parents. The club showed silent films from their own collections followed by an informal debate about them amongst members. From Le Cercle du Cinema, Franju and Langlois founded the Cinématheque… read more
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Christiane was hypnotically frightening to the point where I was almost just waiting for her scenes. The facial surgery scene was gruesome as hell. I don't like Eyes Without a Face as much as I initially did but its still a great movie. I think the wholesale tragedy at the end (Louise especially for some reason) make it for me. The image of ghostliness wandering into the dark helped too.
Una familia ultrajadora de rostros, evento muy bizarro pero que no la coloca a un nivel gore, incluso se esfuerza por no encarar el horror que lleva en el rostro la hija de la familia, aquella que es recluida en las alturas de una casa que comunica pisos y cuartos que no parecen terminar. El final es primero inexplicable, enfermizo, luego se torna cuerdo y al final es lírico. Una paloma en la mano, libertad.
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This exceptional surrealist horror is remeniscent of Tim Burton’s early work. Even the music is notably Danny Elfman-esque. The most impressive attribute of Eyes Without a Face is that it exceeds the… read review