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Les yeux sans visage
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Eyes Without a Face -- Secluded in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter’s disfigured face—but at a horrifying price.

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Director:
Writers:
Jean Redon (novel)
Pierre Boileau (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
24 October 1962 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A brilliant surgeon, Dr. Génessier, helped by his assistant Louise, kidnaps nice young women. He removes... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Pierre Brasseur ... Docteur Génessier

Alida Valli ... Louise
Juliette Mayniel ... Edna Grüber

Edith Scob ... Christiane Génessier
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
France Asselin ... (uncredited)
Charles Bayard ... Un homme à la conférence (uncredited)
Gabrielle Doulcet ... Une admiratrice (uncredited)
Corrado Guarducci ... (uncredited)
Brigitte Juslin ... (uncredited)
Charles Lavialle ... Le concierge (uncredited)
Max Montavon ... (uncredited)
Jimmy Perrys ... Un homme à la morgue (uncredited)

Directed by
Georges Franju 
 
Writing credits
Jean Redon (novel)

Pierre Boileau (adaptation) (as Boileau-Narcejac) &
Thomas Narcejac (adaptation) (as Boileau-Narcejac) &
Jean Redon (adaptation) &
Claude Sautet (adaptation)

Pierre Gascar (dialogue)

Produced by
Jules Borkon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Eugen Schüfftan  (as Eugen Shuftan)
 
Film Editing by
Gilbert Natot 
 
Production Design by
Auguste Capelier 
 
Art Direction by
Margot Capelier 
 
Costume Design by
Marie Martine (gowns) (as Marie-Martine)
 
Makeup Department
Georges Klein .... makeup artist
Marcelle Testard .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Margot Capelier .... assistant production manager
Pierre Laurent .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Sautet .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Claude Moesching .... assistant art director
Jacques Mély .... assistant art director
Albert Volper .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Antoine Archimbaud .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Charles-Henri Assola .... special effects (as Henri Assola)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Brard .... assistant camera
Jean-Louis Castelli .... still photographer
Robert Schneider .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Denise Natot .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Maurice Jarre .... musical director
 
Other crew
Ginette Diamant-Berger .... script supervisor
Marcel Lesourd .... animal trainer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les yeux sans visage" - France (original title)
"The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus" - USA (dubbed version)
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M (2007) | Finland:K-15 (2010) | Finland:(Banned) (1962) | France:-16 | France:U (2007) | Germany:16 (re-rating) | UK:15 (2007) | UK:18 (1995) | UK:X (1959) (cut) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
Initial releases of the film were met with negative reactions from film critics. One French critic stated the film was "in a minor genre and quite unworthy of his (Franju's) abilities." Franju responded by saying that the film was his attempt to get the minor genre to be taken seriously.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Louise notices a passing airplane, the audio is that of a piston-engined propeller-driven plane, but the airplane shown flying overhead is a jet; its two engines are tail-mounted to the fuselage so would not have the clearance required by propellers.See more »
Quotes:
Louise:She trusts you this time. I trust you.
Doctor Génessier:Me, I'm hoping, that's all.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in El Mascarado Massacre (2006)See more »

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32 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful Horror, 8 January 2006
Author: zolaaar from Berlin, GER

At the time 'Les yeux sans visage' was released, the film was not very popular and faced common rejection by the critics. Regardless of those dis-affirmations, it raised to the position of a classic in the horror genre. Franju - one of the founders of the legendary Cinemathèque Française - succeeded in an intriguing way to make film history sensible as a source of inspiration of an entirely peculiar vision.

The clinic of Dr. Génessier (P. Brasseur) is located not very far from Paris. Famous as a specialist in skin grafting, nobody foreshadows that the scientific ambition of the surgeon is incident with a horrifying secret: Since an accident has destroyed the face of Génessier's daughter, Christiane (Scob), the doctor does everything to reconstruct her beauty. With the help of his assistant Louise (Valli) he clucks young women in his remote mansion, benumbs them and makes them a victim of a macabre surgical operation. In a hidden operating room in the basement of his house, Génessier removes the facial skin and transplants it on Christiane's face. Without lasting successes.

That Franjus film has not suffer losses from its immensely disturbing effects is because of, if nothing else, the camera work of Eugen Schüfftans. His brilliant black and white shots resurrects the bright dark of the expressionist German silent film. It imparts Villa Génessier a threatening life of it's own, transmutes it in a mazy horror house which seems like one can not escape. The shadows of the stairway handrails lay on everybody who enters the building like grids and makes him optically a prisoner of Génessier's delusion, mostly his daughter Christiane. Cut from a real life she haunts through the paternal ruins, the garbled face concealed behind a white porcelain mask, whose sad expression seems to nail the doom of the young woman.

Christiane's mask also points out a central principle of formation of the film: It's suspense results substantially from the interaction of visible and invisible things, of showing and dissembling. Franju subtly creates a nightmarish atmosphere that evokes the horror of Génessier's actions, but never makes it explicitly in the first instance - only to show it the viewer more pitilessly: When the surgeon unprovided cuts into the juvenilely beautiful face of one of his victims. This moment of shocking intensity reminds of the razor blade cut through the woman's eye of Bunuel's surrealistic classic 'Un chien andalou' (1929). With the same zest to provoke, Franju also presents the result of an ostensibly succeeded operation: A sober sequence of photographs shows, commented by Génessier off-stage, at first Christiane's angelically delicate face, then how the transplanted skin becomes patchy a few days later, splits open and two weeks later dies off. The cruelty of those two sequences exposes Génessier as a perverted, pestilent doctor and his paternal love as brutal obsession. The attempt to give his daughter a new face means at the same time to erase her identity, to create the ideal woman.

'Les yeux sans visage' remains in the memory of the viewer as one of the rare places on the imaginary continent, phantasmagoric and exigent with ample suspense and shocking details, a perfect alchemy of horror and allegoric poesy whereby one of the most beautiful horror films came into being.

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