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Decades after it first shocked audiences around the world, often in censored versions, Eyes Without a Face remains one the most unsettling and disturbing films ever made

Decades after it first shocked audiences around the world, often in censored versions, Eyes Without a Face remains one the most unsettling and disturbing films ever made

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Pierre Brasseur (Le Quai des brumes, Les Enfants du Paradis) is Dr Génessier, a brilliant and obsessive plastic surgeon driven by the need to restore his daughter’s disfigured face and push the boundaries of his field. Aided by his loyal assistant Alida Valli (The Third Man, Suspiria), who lures young women to his secluded chateau in pursuit of his dark quest. Eugen Schüfftan’s (The Hustler) stunning cinematography lends the chateau an almost Cocteau-like life of its own, and Edith Scob (Judex, Holy Motors) is quite remarkable as the ravaged beauty.

Eyes Without a Face is at once cruel and tender - highlighting Georges Franju’s unique blend of pulp, horror and poetry, it has, in the decades since its release, been a major influence on filmmakers such as Jesús Franco, John Carpenter and, more recently, Pedro Almodóvar.

"Sharp as a scapel, soft as a caress, this is a weird masterwork" Empire

"A highly charged blend of visceral excess and visual poetry" Time Out

Pierre Brasseur (Le Quai des brumes, Les Enfants du Paradis) is Dr Génessier, a brilliant and obsessive plastic surgeon driven by the need to restore his daughter’s disfigured face and push the boundaries of his field. Aided by his loyal assistant Alida Valli (The Third Man, Suspiria), who lures young women to his secluded chateau in pursuit of his dark quest. Eugen Schüfftan’s (The Hustler) stunning cinematography lends the chateau an almost Cocteau-like life of its own, and Edith Scob (Judex, Holy Motors) is quite remarkable as the ravaged beauty.

Eyes Without a Face is at once cruel and tender - highlighting Georges Franju’s unique blend of pulp, horror and poetry, it has, in the decades since its release, been a major influence on filmmakers such as Jesús Franco, John Carpenter and, more recently, Pedro Almodóvar.

"Sharp as a scapel, soft as a caress, this is a weird masterwork" Empire

"A highly charged blend of visceral excess and visual poetry" Time Out

Extras

• Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition<br>
• Feature-length audio commentary by film expert Tim Lucas (Video Watchdog)<br>
Monsieur et Madame Curie (Georges Franju, 1953, 14 mins): a study of the life and work of the Curies, told through the words of Marie Curie<br>
La Première Nuit (Georges Franju, 1958, 20 mins): a young boy spends a night in the Métro<br>
For Her Eyes Only - An Interview with Edith Scob (L P Hugo, 2014, 17 mins)<br>
Les fleurs maladives de Georges Franju (2009, 46 mins): documentary with Claude Chabrol, Robert Hossein and others<br>
• Fully illustrated booklet featuring essays from Kate Ince, Isabel Stevens, Roberto Cueto Llera, Raymond Durgnat, Kevin Jackson and Michael Brooke; and full film credits

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SKU 5035673011904
Catalogue Number BFIB1190
Product contents DVD and Blu-ray editions
Year 1960
Director Franju, Georges
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries France, Italy
Aspect ratio 1.66:1
Colour B&W
Subtitles English, optional
Language(s) French
Running time 90 mins
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 15

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