Directed by Georges Franju (France and Italy, 1960, 90 min.). French with English subtitles.
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. Once seen, its images of terror, gore, and inexplicable beauty are never forgotten.
With English subtitles