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Les yeux sans visage
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Eyes Without a Face (1960) More at IMDbPro »Les yeux sans visage (original title)

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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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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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A classic, providing real chills See more (121 total) »

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:
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 »
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:
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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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A classic, providing real chills, 8 July 2003
Author: Phil Hinchliffe (phil.hinchliffe@gmail.com) from Leeds, England

An early French chiller that set a benchmark in horror film making, with its unflinching depiction of horrific acts of surgery. The films sole purpose is to shock you in revealing things never before seen in 1959. Unfortunately, we are now in the age of cheap teen horror flicks and action films that feel the need to throw gore in our faces at every possible moment thus diminishing the impact of this film when watching it. Especially now we're in the 21st century, many of the scenes are comparatively tame. This does not mean, however, I disliked the film. Quite the contrary. Eyes Without A Face contains some truly terrifying images that make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. The use of a woman in a white mask (a technique used so well in films such as Halloween and Friday the 13th) provides the films more memorable and spine tingling moments. It's the clever use of shade and light that make this possible as the director and cinematographer provide us with long -lasting images to chill to the bone.

The pace of the film is also worth a mention. Franju (the director) keeps us on the edge of our seat as the rich upper class couple lead young women into their house in order to remove their face! For some the pace could prove rather too slow - as in truth it did for me once or twice. But the payoffs from the slow pace offset any problems posed by it. It actually comes as a relief from the many directors who, in this day, believe that quick cuts and loud noise provide terror. Maybe it's time they delved back into the likes of this film, Halloween and Psycho to provide them with a few inspirations. I can think of only a handful of directors that have provided me with any real fright in the past ten years - M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense and Signs), Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) and Wes Craven (Scream) are some of the few I can mention. Other films like the truly awful Jeepers Creepers and Thirteen Ghosts, which served no real purpose what-so-ever, provided me with quick cuts and loud noises - neither of which particularly endeared me to their cause. Call me an old fuddy duddy, but it's time they made more horrors like they did in the old days - films with real suspense and images which truly frighten; films like this one.

Well, that's my moan over with. I gave this film 8/10, for those that care.

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