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Eyes Without a Face [Blu-ray] [Criterion Collection]

  • NR
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Based on Jean Redon's novel LES YEUX SANS VISAGE, French director Georges Franju's gloomy, atmospheric horror film EYES WITHOUT A FACE is a masterpiece of cinematic poetry. After his daughter Christiane (Edith Scob) becomes horribly disfigured in a car accident of which he was the cause, guilt-ridden plastic surgeon Doctor Genessier (Pierre Brasseur) grows obsessed with perfecting the reconstruction of her once-beautiful, but now-ravaged, face. With the help of his sadistic nurse Louise (Alida Valli), Genessier kidnaps young girls and brings them back to his isolated manse for grisly medical procedures that graft the victims' living skins onto that of his daughter's. Often compared to Jean Cocteau's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the film's nightmarish power springs from the surrealistic beauty of its haunting images--from the fiercely blank mask that shields Christiane's wounded face to the merciless incisions of Genessier's surgeries--and a moving climactic scene that garners one of the most transcendent finales in all of cinematic history.
  • Credits
    Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Valli, Alida Maria Altenburger, Edith Scob, Claude Brasseur, Juliette Mayniel, Alexandre Rignault
  • Critic Reviews
    "...From its expressive title to its brilliant, unsettling images, LES YEUX SANS VISAGE is a film to haunt your dreams..."
    Los Angeles Times

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Georges Franju's 1959 horror-fairytale hybrid remains a true one-off....This is like Bunuel untethered."

    "...Genuine chills....Deeply unnerving..." -- Rating: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Franju constructs an elegant visual work; here is a horror movie in which the shrieks are not by the characters but by the images."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Lyrical and macabre, its creepy aura prevails right through to its closing shot, still one of the most enigmatic in the genre -- haunting, confounding and destined to linger."

    "...Georges Franju's French horror masterpiece..."
    USA Today

    "...A film to haunt your dreams. Disturbing, disorienting, quietly terrifying....A startlingly beautiful and artful piece of cinema as well..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Maurice Jarre provides a disturbingly jaunty, nightmare-carousel score..."
    Sight and Sound

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