in about 100 words or less
France/Italy 84m, B&W
Director: Georges Franju; Cast: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel, Alexandre Rignault, Beatrice Altariba, François Guérin, Edith Scob
Eyes Without a Face is a fantastic horror film that is based upon a Jean Redon novel about a mad doctor who conducts medical experiments on animals as a means to perfect the transplantation of a human face. Driven to succeed by his desire to restore the face of his daughter which was horribly disfigured in a car accident, Dr. Génessier kidnaps a series of young women and forcibly employs them as donors. The resulting botched experiments eventually results in suspicion amongst the authorities who think there may be a link between a number of missing woman and the doctor. Eyes Without a Face is a chilling film that was years ahead of its time in the horror genre and one which is quietly unsettling even by today’s standards (Klaus Ming July 2011).