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Eyes Without a Face

Georges Franju

 
Eyes Without a Face (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1960
  • 90 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #260

At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor (Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter’s disfigured countenance—at a horrifying price. Eyes Without a Face, directed by the supremely talented Georges Franju, is rare in horror cinema for its odd mixture of the ghastly and the lyrical, and it has been a major influence on the genre in the decades since its release. There are images here—of terror, of gore, of inexplicable beauty—that once seen are never forgotten.

Cast

Dr. GénessierPierre Brasseur
LouiseAlida Valli
Jacques VernonFrançois Guérin
Christiane GénessierEdith Scob
Edna GrübergJuliette Mayniel
Detective ParotAlexandre Rignault
Paulette MérodonBéatrice Altariba
Dog pound employeeCharles Blavette
Second police detectiveClaude Brasseur

Credits

DirectorGeorges Franju
ProducerJules Borkon
Based on the novel byJean Redon
Screenplay adaptation byPierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac, Jean Redon and Claude Sautet
DialoguePierre Gascar
MusicMaurice Jarre
Production managerPierre Laurent
Director of photographyEugen Schüfftan
SetsAuguste Capelier
Assistant directorClaude Sautet
CameramanRobert Schneider
MakeupGeorges Klein
Special effectsHenri Assola
EditorGilbert Natot
Sound engineerAntoine Archimbaud

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Blood of the Beasts, Georges Franju’s 1949 documentary about the slaughterhouses of Paris (high-definition digital restoration on the Blu-ray edition)
  • Archival interviews with Franju on the horror genre, cinema, and the making of Blood of the Beasts
  • New interview with actor Edith Scob (Blu-ray only)
  • Excerpts from Les grands-pères du crime, a 1985 documentary about Eyes Without a Face writers Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac
  • Trailers
  • Stills gallery of rare production photos and promotional material (DVD only)
  • Plus: A booklet featuring essays by novelist Patrick McGrath and film historian David Kalat

    New cover by Aesthetic Apparatus

Film Essays

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Eyes Without a Face: The Unreal Reality

By David KalatOctober 16, 2013

Shock cinema or high art? Georges Franju combines both in a French horror landmark. Read more »


Film Essays

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Appearances to the Contrary: Eyes Without a Face

By Patrick McGrathOctober 15, 2013

Identity is malleable—and terrifying—in Georges Franju’s cold-blooded morality tale. Read more »

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Film Essays

Eyes_essay_2_feature_thumbnail

Eyes Without a Face: The Unreal Reality

By David KalatOctober 16, 2013

Shock cinema or high art? Georges Franju combines both in a French horror landmark. Read more »


Film Essays

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Appearances to the Contrary: Eyes Without a Face

By Patrick McGrathOctober 15, 2013

Identity is malleable—and terrifying—in Georges Franju’s cold-blooded morality tale. Read more »


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