Eyes without a Face

Eyes without a Face

Georges Franju (1959)

86min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This is one of the most haunting horror films ever made. Director Georges Franju made his name with a series of inspired documentary shorts, and it's the realism of his approach that makes this poetic fantasy so unnerving. There's nothing of the hammy Hollywood mad scientist in Pierre Brasseur, as he and assistant Alida Valli resort to murder in order to rebuild the face of his daughter, Edith Scob. This is cold and calculating science, simultaneously on the verge of breakthrough and the breakdown of morality. Franju's control of atmosphere is masterly, Eugen Schüfftan's photography is outstanding, and Auguste Capelier deserves a mention for designing Scob's unforgettable mask.

Cast & Crew

Professor Génessier Pierre Brasseur
Louise Alida Valli
Christiane Edith Scob
Jacques François Guérin
Edna Gruber Juliette Mayniel
Paulette Béatrice Altariba
Inspector Parot Alexandre Rignault
Bereaved father René Génin
Director Georges Franju
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Miracle Films LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray