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Eyes Without a Face (Blu-ray+DVD) BFI


Pierre Brasseur (Le Quai des brumes, Les Enfants du Paradis) is Dr Génessier, a brilliant and obsessive plastic surgeon driven by the need to restore his daughter’s disfigured face and push the boundaries of his field. Aided by his loyal assistant Alida Valli (The Third Man, Suspiria), who lures young women to his secluded chateau in pursuit of his dark quest. Eugen Schüfftan’s (The Hustler) stunning cinematography lends the chateau an almost Cocteau-like life of its own, and Edith Scob (Judex, Holy Motors) is quite remarkable as the ravaged beauty.

Eyes Without a Face is at once cruel and tender – highlighting Georges Franju’s unique blend of pulp, horror and poetry, it has, in the decades since its release, been a major influence on filmmakers such as Jesús Franco, John Carpenter and, more recently, Pedro Almodóvar.

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Special Features

Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
Feature-length audio commentary by film expert Tim Lucas (Video Watchdog)
Monsieur et Madame Curie (Georges Franju, 1953, 14 mins): a study of the life and work of the Curies, told through the words of Marie Curie
La Première Nuit (Georges Franju, 1958, 20 mins): a young boy spends a night in the Métro
For Her Eyes Only – An Interview with Edith Scob (L P Hugo, 2014, 17 mins)
Les fleurs maladives de Georges Franju (2009, 46 mins): documentary with Claude Chabrol, Robert Hossein and others
Fully illustrated booklet featuring essays from Kate Ince, Isabel Stevens, Roberto Cueto Llera, Raymond Durgnat, Kevin Jackson and Michael Brooke; and full film credits


Bluray, DVD