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Eyes Without a Face (1960)

A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured and goes to extreme lengths to give her a new face.
Original title: Les yeux sans visage
(NR, 90 min.)


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

7:00 PM

Thursday, October 27, 2022

7:00 PM

At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor (Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter’s disfigured countenance—at a horrifying price. Eyes Without a Face, directed by the supremely talented Georges Franju, is rare in horror cinema for its odd mixture of the ghastly and the lyrical, and it has been a major influence on the genre in the decades since its release. There are images here—of terror, of gore, of inexplicable beauty—that once seen are never forgotten. [Janus]

Starring: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel
Director: Georges Franju
Languages: French
Genre(s): Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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"There’s no other movie quite like it."

— Scott Tobias, The Dissolve

"A marvellous movie in the fullest sense."

— Tom Milne, Time Out

"Among the most disturbing horror films ever made."

— David Edelstein, Slate

"A masterpiece of poetic horror and tactful, tactile brutality."

— J. Hoberman, Village Voice

"Eyes Without a Face, outre as it is, never tires as hypnotic, touching, ghastly fun."

— Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

"Eyes Without a Face is a perfect example of how cinematic poetry can transform a seemingly disreputable movie genre."

— Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

"A blood-curdling picture directed by Georges Franju at an even, distant pace that builds tension to an almost unbearable level."

— TV Guide Magazine

"Eyes Without A Face is a classic anomaly, out of step with its time (and any other), with mysteries that lingered long enough for critics finally to be intoxicated by them."

— Emma Simmonds, Little White Lies

"Like a nightmare that never ends, this is a vision of madness, loneliness and, yes, horror that, once seen, demands to be viewed over and over again. It is that haunting, and that good."

— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"Disturbing, disorienting, quietly terrifying, it's one of the least known of the world's great horror movies and, in its own dark way, a startlingly beautiful and artful piece of cinema as well."

— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"As absurd and as beautiful as a fairy tale, this chilling, nocturnal black-and-white masterpiece was originally released in this country dubbed and under the title 'The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus,' but it's much too elegant to warrant the usual 'psychotronic' treatment."

— Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader