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.
Georges Franju's chilling horror classic about a mad surgeon who removes the faces of young women in an attempt to replace the scarred face of his cloistered daughter whose death he fakes to cover up one of his murders. Horrifying in its detail, EYES WITHOUT A FACE is an unnerving serial killer film with a remarkable central performance. Never has a blank mask been so eerily expressive.
Christiane glides around the first part of the film like a lurking, elongated ghost (her too-skinny neck and head sticking out of that high-collared housecoat like some alien's). Wonder if its connection to Conan Doyle's *Copper Beeches* could be proven––both contain a climax with the villainous father being attacked by a dog and a storyline that revolves around a mystery woman being held in her family's eerie home.
Não crendo em coincidências, esse filme dialoga com a resenha anterior, "Seconds". Mas na visão de Franju, as tentativas de um clássico 'médico louco' em obter um novo rosto para sua filha resultam em experiências aterrorizantes com belas jovens francesas. O contraponto entre planos abertos e fechados, ruídos e silêncios em preto e branco constroem um clima soturno e fantástico. O medo aqui surge da simplicidade.
beautiful and inmpressive cinematography and a couple of really good scenes, however i wish actors were better. i'd say, 3,5 stars - but mubi doesn't give this possibility.
Hadn't seen this in quite a while. This time it really gave me an uncomfortable and disquieting feeling. Brilliantly executed... distilled terror.
I just watched this for the first time...it's an out-and-out masterpiece, and one I'll eventually own. Poetic, eerie, and unsettling, it really does stand as one of the essential movie experiences of the horror genre. Pauline Kael was right when she said that it was as if Bresson made a horror film. In lesser hands it would be forgettable schlock, instead it's just a timeless film.
@Dalia: I completely agree! This is an absolutely beautiful horror movie. Georges Franju is a very talented filmmaker; his work is very moving. On the Criterion DVD for this film, there's also a short documentary of his about French slaughterhouses and it made me cry (and that's not the sort of thing that would usually bring me to tears).
---SPOILER ALERT--- Despite of its plotholes (i.e using dogs as test subjects, not sure if their genes are anywhere near humans,etc), I pretty much enjoy the story, it's way out of its time. very well shot&directed. The atmosphere, the daughter is so strange and creepy..And woa..the ending..rreeaaallyy fascinates me!