Eyes without a face
Les yeux sans visage -
1960 - Black and white - 89 mn - French - France, Italia - Fantasy
Directed by : Georges Franju. Produced by : Champs-Élysées-Productions (Paris), Lux Films (Rome). Screenplay by : Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac, Pierre Gascar, Claude Sautet. Editing : Gilbert Natot. Photography : Eugen Schüfftan. Music by : Maurice Jarre. With : Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Edith Scob.
To cure his daughter Christiane, disfigured in a car accident, Dr. Génessier kills young women and takes their face. Louise, his assistant, is in charge of getting rid of bodies.
If French cinema is richer than we think whe it comes to fantastic and horror cinema, Eyes without face is most likely one of the most brilliant and famous examples of the genre, and is still considered as a reference. Over the years, it inspired Jess Franco (Miss Death and Dr. Z in the grip of the maniac), John Carpenter or more recently Pedro Almodóvar and Leos Carax. A masterpiece, written with precision by Boileau Narcejac, filmed by Eugen Schüfftan (Metropolis), and whose captivating theme is composed by Maurice Jarre.