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Eyes Without a Face -- At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor 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.
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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Release Date:
24 October 1962 (USA) See more »
A brilliant surgeon, Dr. Génessier, helped by his assistant Louise, kidnaps nice young women. He removes... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Pierre Brasseur ... Docteur Génessier

Alida Valli ... Louise
Juliette Mayniel ... Edna Grüber
Alexandre Rignault ... Inspector Parot
Béatrice Altariba ... Paulette (as Beatrice Altariba)
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 (as Marcel Pères)
François Guérin ... Jacques Vernon (as Francois Guerin)

Edith Scob ... Christiane Génessier
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 (director of photography) (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 (as Jacques Mely)
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 verified as 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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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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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During the original release of the film an English film critic for The Spectator was nearly fired for writing it a positive review, while the general critical reaction had been poor.See more »
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 »
Doctor Génessier:Smile. Not too much.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The House That Screamed (1969)See more »


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35 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece of horror and poetry, 10 November 1999
Author: Darragh O' Donoghue ( from Dublin, Ireland

Along with THE SHINING, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and PSYCHO, the best horror film ever made. Franju forsakes the usual signifiers of the genre - hurtling pace, quick editing, signalling music, hysterically scary scenes - in favour of a pace as funereal and petrified as its heroine's face. A soul-chilling film, seeped of all emotion, its scientific subject matter belies a timeless, complicated, non-judgemental Gothic fable about the destruction of innocence, the carelessness of masculine authority and the exploitation of women (especially in art). The many paralells with VERTIGO (the source novel was written by the same writers), the startling tree and animal imagery, the suspended dream logic and the perverse comic sense ensure this film as a classic, and makes one yearn for more Franju.

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