Detroit Film Theatre


EYES WITHOUT A FACE

Friday, October 28, 2011

9:30 PM

(France/1959—directed by Georges Franju)
 
When a surgeon’s daughter is disfigured in an accident, the doctor (Pierre Brasseur) and his coldly sinister mistress (Alida Valli of The Third Man) systematically kidnap young women from the streets of Paris, hoping to successfully graft their faces on to his daughter. Originally released in America in a heavily—you should pardon the expression—butchered version, the restored Eyes Without a Face can now be seen as an elegant classic of the horror genre. In French with English subtitles. (90 min.)
 
“Franju doesn’t hesitate. He takes us to the end of what our nerves can bear.” –Jean Cocteau