Eyes Without a Face

Criterion

Eyes Without a Face


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.

FILM INFO

  • Georges Franju
  • France
  • 1960
  • 90 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  • Spine #260

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Blood of the Beasts, Georges Franju’s 1949 documentary about the slaughterhouses of Paris (high-definition digital restoration on the Blu-ray edition)
  • Archival interviews with Franju on the horror genre, cinema, and the making of Blood of the Beasts
  • New interview with actor Edith Scob (Blu-ray only)
  • Excerpts from Les grands-pères du crime, a 1985 documentary about Eyes Without a Face writers Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac
  • Trailers
  • Stills gallery of rare production photos and promotional material (DVD only)
  • Plus: A booklet featuring essays by novelist Patrick McGrath and film historian David Kalat

New cover by Aesthetic Apparatus