Thursday, April 30, 2009

Eyes Without A Face (1960) aka Les Yeux Sans Visage aka House Of Dr. Rasanoff aka Occhi Senza Volto aka The Horror Chamber Of Dr. Faustus

5 / 5
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Georges Franju
Written by: Pierre Boileau, Pierre Gascar
Actors include: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel
Genre: Horror, Drama
Length: 88 minutes
Banned: Finland
Country: France/Italy

Wow, this is actually breathtakingly beautiful...and horrific all at the same time. The cinematography is superb and although it's in black and white, and subtitled I can't stress enough how worthwhile this film is. The story is about a Surgeon and his wife I think. The Surgeon Dr. Genessier feels guilty because his daughter's face was destroyed in an accident that he was somewhat responsible for. In order to try to fix her face they kidnap various young girls and try to perfect the face transplant in order for her to gain normalcy. It's actually one hell of a lot more graphic and disturbing than I had expected and the story seems actually really realistic and horrific. This just manages to look at things from many angles and is consistently captivating and shocking. I truly went into this expecting to find some over rated art film but this is so much more, it's utterly brilliant and I can't say enough wonderful things about this.

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