Eyes without a Face is one of the most deeply sad and melancholic horror films ever made. Despite its outbursts of shocking violence, the film a warmness towards its characters, characters we've seen hundreds of times before (The Mad Doctor, The Damsel in Distress, ECT), and gives them a level and nuance and depth that most straight faced dramas couldn't boast to come close to having.
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The thing that sticks in my mind is the haunting score. It adds a lot to this film. It's a sad and disturbing story, but I sometimes felt like the film-making had a bit to be desired. It seemed that quite often the cuts jumped. I know that it seems nit-picky, but these things become distracting very quickly and shows bad craft. Outside of that, it has a great atmosphere, that creates both a beautiful yet creepy feel.
Le Yeux sans Visage (Eyes without a Face) is a complete stunning and extremely violent ante-litteram noir-horror. In my view this Georges Franju's movie was a sort of visceral anticipation of the body-horror era (surgical scenes are noteworthy and pretty well-made). Acting and directing are excellent, with some amazing close-ups; Alida Valli shows once again her remarkable expressiveness.
Visually, the film can often be hauntingly beautiful. Some of the scenes inside of the mansion bring to mind classic German expressionism. Unfortunately, aesthetics alone can't rescue it from terminal dullness, as the director seems transfixed in devoting copious amount of running time to characters simply walking from one place to another, or opening and then closing doors.