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Eyes Without a Face (Criterion Collection) (1960)

Cast: Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, more...
Director: Georges Franju, Georges Franju
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Foreign, Horror, France, Italian Horror, Mad Science, Mad Science, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
French director Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face (Les Yeux Sans Visage) is an unsettling, sometimes poetic horror film. Pierre Brasseur plays a brilliant plastic surgeon, Prof. Genessier, who has vowed to restore the face of his daughter, Christiane (Edith Scob), who was mutilated in an automobile accident. With the help of his assistant (Alida Valli), he kidnaps young women, surgically removes their facial features, and attempts to graft their beauty onto his daughter's hideous countenance. This naturally has an adverse effect on the "donors," some of whom commit suicide rather than go through life faceless. Franju's haunting, muted handling of basic horror material is what lifts Eyes Without a Face out of the ordinary and into the realm of near-classic. When the film failed to draw crowds under its original title, however, the distributors decided to exploit it as a two-bit "scare" flick with the new title The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide



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