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
Beautiful, haunting and a true cult classic. Christiane Génessier walking trough the night like a ghost with her masked face its both a haunting an poetic image that will stay with you for a long time. A movie that was clearly ahead of its time and that still has a powerful approach making a horror movie filled with authentic dramatic and poetic elements, haunting visuals and both unsettling and beautiful shots.
The score fluctuates between being silly and inappropriate to being dreamy and creepy. When it is the latter it lends the film a fairy tale quality. The face removal scene and subsequent face deterioration sequence are fantastic. And that ending is bizarre without seeming to try hard to be. The weakest point of the film is the utterly useless police force, worse than useless they are morally reprehensible. 4/5
I went to a screening of this where they showed Le sang des bêtes right before. Probably the most effective programming I've ever experienced. It was like a prelude to a concerto. The whole time I kept thinking of the slaughterhouse and it made my heart that much more uncomfortable. Shows you how much truth there is in the statement I heard somewhere that we bring all our past to the films we watch.
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Some wildly different posters, and some marvellous ephemera, for Franju’s final film maudit.
Above: An heir is electrocuted by an arc light. Smoking. Pleins feux sur l'assassin, (loosely, "Open Fire at the Killer") is the 1961 film
Some films, and filmmakers, just can't catch the right kind of breaks as far as international reputation goes. A very smart United States distributor
Everything’s either forgotten, or in danger of being forgotten. Apart from a tired array of Christmas classics, cinema of the past seems enveloped
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