Athens International Film Festival

Eyes Without a Face

Despite popular prejudice, which refused to take the horror genre seriously at the time, Franju turns the ingredients of a cheap b-movie into high art, expressing his concerns about the limitations of science and radically renewing Gothic mythology with a bizarre hybrid of horror, science fiction, melodrama and film noir.

A distinguished surgeon (Pierre Brasseur) abducts and mangles young women as involuntary organ donors in a desperate attempt to restore his beautiful daughter’s face (Edith Scob), who was deformed in a car accident he was responsible for. Dead to the world and forced to endure crimes committed in the name of her own salvation, she wanders around their mirrorless mansion like a ghost, her face concealed with an expressionless mask.

Despite popular prejudice, which refused to take the horror genre seriously at the time, Franju turns the ingredients of a cheap b-movie into high art, expressing his concerns about the limitations of science and radically renewing Gothic mythology with a bizarre hybrid of horror, science fiction, melodrama and film noir.

Deeply influential, the French filmmaker’s masterpiece merges Jean Cocteau’s poetry with the horror of an exploitation film, featuring one of the most beautiful finales in the history of fantasy cinema. Th.P.


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Εναλλακτικοί τίτλοι / Alternative titles: Eyes Without a Face / Les yeux sans visage

Σκηνοθεσία / Director: Georges Franju

Σενάριο / Screenwriters: Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac, Jean Redon, Claude Sautet

Φωτογραφία / DoP: Eugen Shuftan

Μουσική / Music: Maurice Jarre

Μοντάζ / Editor: Gilbert Natot

Ηθοποιοί / Principal Cast: Pierre Brasseur, Edith Scob, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel, François Guérin, Alexandre Rignault

Γαλλία, Ιταλία / France, Italy
1960
Ασπρόμαυρο / B&W
88'
Γαλλικά / French

* Screens on 25th September



    Publication date: 2013-09-11 12:30:00

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