Les yeux sans visage

Les yeux sans visage

Eyes without a face

DVD - 2004 | French
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A plastic surgeon, holed up in a Paris mansion, is obsessively slicing off the faces of kidnapped women and grafting the flayed skin onto the rotting countenance of his beloved young daughter, disfigured in an automobile accident.
Publisher: [Chicago, IL] : Home Vision Entertainment, [2004]
ISBN: 9780780028883
0780028880
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Eyes without a face

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Nursebob
Nov 12, 2015

Director Georges Franju plays this wickedly camp horror story completely straight making you feel the doctor’s burden of guilt and Christiane’s growing sense of anguish as all attempts to make her “normal” again end in disaster. Beautifully staged with shadows and staircases evoking more pathos than tension and a poignant musical score which underlines the film’s overall sense of sadness and loss. As an aside the rather intense surgical scenes, shocking for 1960, threw European censors into a tizzy and reportedly had people fainting in the aisles at its Edinburgh premiere.

HallandGorcey Feb 23, 2015

Arty and haunting horror film.

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eiknarf
Sep 28, 2014

Film based on story by Jean Redon (see description above). Beautifully shot with nice pacing. DVD also contains 22-minute documentary of French meatpacking industry in the late 1940s, which is also beautifully shot, and unflinching. Glad I saw both.

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ManMachine
Aug 13, 2014

*SPECIAL NOTE* - There are 2 films on this DVD. One is the main feature, 1960's Eyes Without A Face. The other is a 22-minute documentary, 1949's Blood Of The Beasts.

Both of these films were directed by French film-maker, Georges Franju. Had Blood Of The Beasts not been on this disc, then I would've only rated the feature film with 2.5 stars.

The best that I can say about Eyes Without A Face is that it's an "OK" mad scientist movie. But, with that said, it did contain some genuinely creepy moments. And when Dr. Genessier proceeds to surgically cut off a young woman's face, the viewer is sure to feel a bit queasy.

But, on the other hand, Blood Of The Beasts will shock you right out of your socks with its graphically brutal look at slaughterhouses. This documentary's super-gory, in-your-face imagery leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination.

In all of my days, I've never seen such a horrific film as this one before. It's hard to imagine that both men & women, alike, have chosen to do this sort of beastly work on a day-to-day basis.

P.S. - Have a barf-bag ready when you watch Blood Of The Beasts!

b_schweig Nov 08, 2013

What a whimsically horrific film. For the time period truly stunning. I loved watching the characters bloom and the story develop.

theorbys Apr 19, 2013

To be fair this movie is rather dated and while still considered an important art film, it is more for its visual imagination and concept than for the telling of its story, in my opinion. If you are a looking for a horrific film watch the short doc Blood of the Beasts about a Paris slaughterhouse which is also on the disc. Nevertheless, for film buffs this is, like many a film you may not particularly like, an important film, especially for French filmbuffery. If you find yourself watching lots of Criterion Collection films, watch this one too.

rufus_red4 Nov 15, 2012

Terrible. A dated piece with a tired storyline. I couldn't last more than 15 minutes before I turned it off. The acting, camerawork, script, stilted and lifeless. Ugh!

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Monolith
Sep 17, 2012

A decent 'horror' for the late 50s, as many were just plain bad. Not great, decent. The circus music, accompanying the female 'Igor' (Louise) when driving her clown car, was awful. The ending was à propos. Deservingly significant for its undoubted influence on countless other horrors to follow. The 2011 Antonio Banderas film "The Skin I Live In" comes to mind, although I haven't seen it. Do yourself a favor and avoid the included '49 slaughterhouse documentary "Blood of the Beasts" made by the filmmaker. Sickening. Gruesome. Interesting facts: The world's first partial face transplant on a living human was carried out in France in 2005. The world's first full face transplant was completed in Spain in 2010. The first American full face transplant was performed in March, 2011, in Boston, Massachusetts.

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ManMachine
Aug 14, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This film's mad scientist story deals with skin-grafting.

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Monolith
Sep 17, 2012

Doctor Génessier (to his daughter, Christiane, after she's received her face transplant): "Smile. Smile. ...Not too much..."

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