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Eyes Without a Face (1960)
"Les yeux sans visage" (original title)

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A brilliant surgeon, Dr. Génessier, helped by his assistant Louise, kidnaps nice young women. He removes their faces and tries to graft them onto the head on his beloved daughter Christiane... See full summary »

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Juliette Mayniel ...
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François Guérin ...
Jacques Vernon
Alexandre Rignault ...
Inspector Parot
Béatrice Altariba ...
Paulette
Charles Blavette ...
L'homme de la fourrière (as Blavette)
Claude Brasseur ...
Un inspecteur
Michel Etcheverry ...
Le docteur Lherminier - médecin légiste / Forensic surgeon
Yvette Etiévant ...
La mère (as Yvette Etievent)
René Génin ...
Emile Tessot
Lucien Hubert ...
Un homme au cimetière
Marcel Pérès ...
Un homme au cimetière
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Storyline

A brilliant surgeon, Dr. Génessier, helped by his assistant Louise, kidnaps nice young women. He removes their faces and tries to graft them onto the head on his beloved daughter Christiane, whose face has been entirely spoiled in a car crash. All the experiments fail, and the victims die, but Génessier keeps trying.... Written by Yepok

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Release Date:

24 October 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$19,628 (USA) (31 October 2003)

Gross:

$52,709 (USA) (28 November 2003)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Director Georges Franju never considered the film to be a horror story, but instead felt it was tale of "anguish." See more »

Goofs

There are actually two different Citroen DS cars used in the film as the Doctor's car. One, presumably a DS21, has two spotlights built into the bodywork by the headlights and chrome trim, including a driver's wing-mirror (see 10:00 as he arrives with no lights and 12:50 as he leaves a few minutes later using headlights and spotlights, another continuity gaff in itself). At 12 :50 and 14:16 the DS with spotlights is seen but at 17:19 it has changed to one with no spotlights and no wing-mirror, presumably a DS19. Though its front plate is "7769-GR75", when the Doctor puts it into the garage, the rear plate reads "2923-GR75" and the assistant's Citroen Diane has the plate "7769-GR75" on the front. At 32:18 the Diane has "2923-GY75" on the rear and at 32:55 the same on the front, which was its registration when first seen near the start of the film. Finally, at 54:49 it's back to the DS with spotlights. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Génessier: Smile. Not too much.
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Connections

Referenced in 'Halloween': A Cut Above the Rest (2003) See more »

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Poetic Horror
5 May 2006 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

Georges Franju's version of a mad scientist trying to play God tells about a brilliant but controlling and obsessive doctor who is trying to restore the face of his own beloved daughter that was horribly disfigured in a car accident caused by his reckless driving. He requires tissues of recently deceased young women that look like his daughter and he is not going to wait for them to die in an accident - he creates the accidents with help of his loyal secretary/nurse/lover/former patient Louise (Alida Valli of "The Third Man") who kidnaps the unsuspecting girls and brings them to the secluded mansion in one of Paris's suburbs where Doctor Génessier is ready to perform the fascinating and horrifying surgeries.

"Eyes without a Face" is a very impressive, classy picture that has inspired many later horror movies. The music by Maurice Jarr adds to the uneasy and creepy atmosphere - it makes you feel like on the never-stopping ominous merry-go-round and you can't get off it.


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