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Eyes Without a Face (1960)

Les yeux sans visage (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 24 October 1962 (USA)
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A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face.

Director:

Georges Franju

Writers:

Jean Redon (novel), Pierre Boileau (adaptation) (as Boileau-Narcejac) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pierre Brasseur ... Le docteur Génessier
Alida Valli ... Louise
Juliette Mayniel ... Edna Grüber
Alexandre Rignault ... L'inspecteur Parot
Béatrice Altariba ... Paulette Meroudon (as Beatrice Altariba)
Charles Blavette ... L'homme de la fourrière (scenes deleted) (as Blavette)
Claude Brasseur ... Un inspecteur
Michel Etcheverry Michel Etcheverry ... Le docteur Lherminier - médecin légiste / Forensic surgeon
Yvette Etiévant ... La mère du petit malade (as Yvette Etievent)
René Génin ... Henri Tessot
Lucien Hubert Lucien Hubert ... Un homme à l'enterrement
Marcel Pérès Marcel Pérès ... Un homme à l'enterrement (as Marcel Pères)
François Guérin François Guérin ... Le docteur Jacques Vernon (as Francois Guerin)
Edith Scob ... Christiane Génessier
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Storyline

After causing an accident that left his daughter Christiane severely disfigured, the brilliant surgeon Dr. Génessier works tirelessly to give the girl a new face. He does so however by kidnapping young women and attempting face transplants. He has been woefully unsuccessful to date. The doctor's world begins to collapse around him when his daughter realizes just what he has been doing. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

Beautiful women were the victims of his FIENDISH FACIALS!!! [American retitled and dubbed version poster]

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In 1984 Billy Idol released the single "Eyes Without a Face" from the album "Rebel Yell" (1983). The song features background vocals by Idol's then-girlfriend Perri Lister who sings in the chorus the phrase "les yeux sans visage" which is the French translation for "eyes without a face" and the original French title of this film. See more »

Goofs

License plate changes numbers between shots as the doctor is backing up and pulling into his garage for the first time. As he walks through the garage, into the house, you can see the original plate '7769' on his assistant's car. See more »

Quotes

Louise: She's happy this time. She has faith.
Doctor Génessier: Finally.
Louise: I showed her how nicely it's healing. I changed the bandages. It looks fine. Much better than yesterday.
Doctor Génessier: I'm so afraid.
Louise: Don't be. I have faith this time, too.
Doctor Génessier: All I can do is hope.
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Alternate Versions

The films initial 1962 release to the US was edited and the film was re-titled. The surgery scene was cut down for content, while scenes that made Dr. Genessier seem sympathetic (particularly the scene where he cares for an ailing boy) were also edited. See more »

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Referenced in Lost in New York (1989) See more »

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one is held in awe and horror right to the stunning finale
24 August 2005 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Still powerful after all this time. I remember, when first seeing this in the early sixties, being outraged that I was asked to pay to see what I compared to watching people have their teeth pulled. Not having seen it since till now I have always remembered that scene, but also the poignant lead in the lifelike mask that floated about the palatial dwelling like some surreal being and always that dreadful sound of the caged dogs barking. Much emphasis on the sounds of things being dragged, scraped and dropped - steel and stone and a dark menacing outside from whence young girls are brought in the name of science and in particular a new face for the masked one. Extremely strong central scene and always the threat of more. The police and routine hospital scenes give brief respite but for most of this masterpiece one is held in awe and horror right to the stunning finale.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

24 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,628, 2 November 2003

Gross USA:

$58,565

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,254
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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