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Les yeux sans visage
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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.

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Writers:
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Pierre Boileau (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
24 October 1962 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
After causing an accident that left his daughter Christiane severely disfigured, the brilliant surgeon Dr... 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
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
 
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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:
90 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 | USA:Approved (certificate number not listed) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
Although the film passed European censors upon its original release in 1960, the films disturbing facial surgery scene still caused controversy.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When Louise shows the Doctor her scar, as she removes the pearl necklace, she also removes part of the prosthetic used for the scar.See more »
Quotes:
Doctor Génessier:Smile. Not too much.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Horror Europa with Mark Gatiss (2012) (TV)See more »

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39 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Dark, desolate and diverting, 6 April 2003
Author: NewEnglandPat from Virginia

This film is dark and somber with a spare, eerie music score that suits perfectly the macabre, surreal story. A brilliant but deranged surgeon, having caused his daughter's disfigurement in a car accident, loses touch with reality and tries to restore her beauty in a most repulsive manner. Undeterred by failure, the mad doctor continues his gruesome work, hoping to find a miracle cure that will reconstruct the girl's facial features and also relieve him of his tremendous burden of guilt. The once-lovely girl realizes that she will never enjoy a normal life or see her beloved fiancé again, and her mute telephone calls to him just to hear his voice show how empty and lonely her life has become. There are some scenes that are horribly graphic but quite well done and a few moments that are poignant and touching amid the cruelty and butchery of the movie's central theme. Each character in this grim, unhappy feature is victimized in some fashion, but in spite of its subject matter, this cult classic is lean, first-rate storytelling.

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