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eyes without a face
- kevin sellers
In a style best described as "elegantly disgusting," a mood that perhaps only the French can perfect, this gem of a horror flic will definitely get under your skin (no pun intended). I defy anyone to view Dr. Genessier's surgical practices with indifference. And the denouement will satisfy any viewer jaded by the sanguine tendencies of a Hooper or Carpenter. Throw in appropriately Jarre-ing, demented carnival music (sorry, couldn't resist another bad pun) and wonderful sick/ twisted performances from the two leads, Alida Valli (grown a bit fleshier from 'Third Man" but just as alluring) and Pierre Brasseur (think Walter Slezak with a Gallic air), and you have one damn fine scary movie. If the hero of the piece as well as the cops who track Genessier and Co. had been a bit less dull then I would have accorded this one an A instead of an A minus.
Eyes without a Face
An atmospheric, moody horror film. A doctor kidnaps women to graft their faces on to her disfigured daughter, who indirectly drives her father's decisions, creating an human monster. The films greatness comes from director Franju's multiple use of contrasting elements, the film is a beautiful fantasy and a shocker based in reality. Still able to disturb, this is a gorgeously-photographed chiller. I give it a 4/5.
One of the best psychological thrillers you'll see...had me hooked from the opening credits, with that kooky circus-like calliope theme music playing. Amazing performances all around, especially from the three leads, who deliver understated, complex performances when it would have been easy to veer into melodrama. Very cool film I'll definitely be purchasing for my classic movie library.
Dr. Faustus' Chamber of Horrors
- Bruce Reber
This was the title of "Eyes Without A Face" when it was released in the U.S. in 1962. I'd seen EWAF once before late one Sunday night as part of TCM Imports about 2 or 3 years ago. It's a very slick thriller (I think the term "horror" is very overused) from France about a plastic surgeon who steals the faces of young girls and grafts them onto his horribly scarred daughter in hopes of making her beautiful again. Of course the doctor gets paid back for his evil deeds at the end, being attacked by all of those dogs. Alida Valli is the only name in EWAF that I recognize, having starred in Hitchcock's "The Paradine Case" and the classic film noir "The Third Man". EWAF reminds me of another thriller about a doctor who steals glands in order to keep his wife young looking, but I can't remember the title.
Excellent French Thriller
This movie has great cinematography. It's a more grown-up version of a thriller. Highly recommended!
I loved this movie! I found it very symbolic...such as the way that the doves scattered throughout the film (and ultimatlly in the climatic scene)were used to represent the innocence within.Also,I noticed how the various portraits of her throughout the house showed her father's obsession for her perfection(out of his own guilt).The photography is also nicely done,always so tatalizingly close to seeing her real face,then swooping away at the last second, making you secretly sigh.Even though this movie is subtitled, the script is so colorful, and the plot is so engaging,it was if I could actully hear the charachters speaking in english!I'm no expert,now...I just rented this on pay-per-view...but this movie was amazing.Five stars.No question.