A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured and goes to extreme lengths to give her a new face.

Director:

Georges Franju

Writers:

Jean Redon (novel), Pierre Boileau (adaptation) (as Boileau-Narcejac) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pierre Brasseur ... Le docteur Génessier
Alida Valli ... Louise
Juliette Mayniel ... Edna Grüber
Alexandre Rignault ... L'inspecteur Parot
Béatrice Altariba ... Paulette Meroudon (as Beatrice Altariba)
Charles Blavette ... L'homme de la fourrière (scenes deleted) (as Blavette)
Claude Brasseur ... Un inspecteur
Michel Etcheverry Michel Etcheverry ... Le docteur Lherminier - médecin légiste / Forensic surgeon
Yvette Etiévant ... La mère du petit malade (as Yvette Etievent)
René Génin ... Henri Tessot
Lucien Hubert Lucien Hubert ... Un homme à l'enterrement
Marcel Pérès ... Un homme à l'enterrement (as Marcel Pères)
François Guérin François Guérin ... Le docteur Jacques Vernon (as Francois Guerin)
Edith Scob ... Christiane Génessier
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Storyline

After causing an accident that left his daughter Christiane severely disfigured, the brilliant surgeon Dr. Génessier works tirelessly to give the girl a new face. He does so, however, by kidnapping young women and attempting face transplants. He has been woefully unsuccessful to date. The doctor's world begins to collapse around him when his daughter realizes just what he has been doing. Written by garykmcd

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Beautiful women were the victims of his FIENDISH FACIALS!!! [American retitled and dubbed version poster]

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The initial release of the film was met with negative reactions from film critics. One French critic stated the film was "in a minor genre and quite unworthy of his [director Georges Franju] abilities." Franju responded by saying that the film was his attempt to get the minor genre to be taken seriously. See more »

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In her first scene, Christiane says that her father has removed all the mirrors from the house. But when the doctor carries an unconscious Edna out of the parlor, their reflections can be seen a mirror beside the fireplace. See more »

Quotes

Le docteur Lherminier - médecin légiste: Something doesn't quite make sense.
L'inspecteur Parot: What's odd is the body was fished out naked - in a man's coat.
Le docteur Lherminier - médecin légiste: Why should Génessier's daughter, distraught at her disfigurement, feel the need to strip naked in mid-winter before drowning herself?
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Alternate Versions

The films initial 1962 release to the US was edited and the film was re-titled. The surgery scene was cut down for content, while scenes that made Dr. Genessier seem sympathetic (particularly the scene where he cares for an ailing boy) were also edited. See more »

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Masterpiece of the genre
1 December 2000 | by heedarmySee all my reviews

George Franju's "Yeux Sans Visage" is extremely slow yet absolutely riveting. The direction is masterful and Pierre Brasseur is superb as the dedicated doctor whose love for his daughter leads him to commit unspeakable crimes.

The cold, sinister atmosphere of the film will seep into your bones and you may find it hard to look at the screen when the central skin-removal operation takes place - this is an extraordinarily grisly sequence for its time, lent all the more power by the cold, matter-of-fact direction and acting.

In a film full of haunting images, you will find the last one unforgettable.

Why can't modern directors make horror films as good as this? It deals with a potentially lurid, gory subject-matter with masterly subtlety and skill.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

24 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,628, 2 November 2003

Gross USA:

$58,565

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,254
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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