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#1 Duke Togo

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:26 PM

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EYES WITHOUT A FACE
Georges Franju

France • 1960 • 90 minutes • Black and White • 1.66:1 • French
Secluded in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughters disfigured facebut at a horrifying price. At once ghastly lyrical, Eyes Without a Face is a true rarity of horror cinema and has influenced countless films. The Criterion Collection is proud to present Georges Franjus classic in a long-awaited, fully restored DVD edition.


DISC FEATURES

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Blood of the Beasts, Georges Franjus 1949 documentary about the slaughterhouses of Paris (new high-definition digital restoration on the Blu-ray edition)
  • Archival interviews with Franju on horror, cinema, and the making of Blood of the Beasts
  • New interview with actor Edith Scob (Blu-ray only)
  • Excerpt 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


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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:27 PM

NOTES:
  • BD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Blu-ray cover artwork:

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 03:06 PM

Spoilers below in the random thoughts:

This is a great movie to watch during the month of October. As one of the few horror films in Criterion and being recommended by several here I knew I had to make this a higher priority this month.

The beginning scene of the camera being driven was a beautiful opener (saw it a few times) with that particular pleasing music sequence by Maurice Jarre that seems quite familiar (since his work is quite large it is easy to see him reintroducing elements here in some of his other scores; of course it could have been used by others as well; in any case it seemed like something I have heard before).

I did not connect as much with the film (besides some needed character development) as I would have liked perhaps because of knowledge of medical problems. There are conditions (usually cancers) where patients will actually lose part of their face (leaving holes sometimes quite large) though successful face transplants are still very new so the idea itself I found easy to relate too. The victim here is one of burns and needs a skin graft to take affect – nothing that is particularly novel even at that time since many have suffered from this issue though it makes it easier for the audience to connect to. Also years of viewing cinematic prosthetic abuse have made the skin grafting scene less effective to me then it probably was in 1960 though I do think the makeup job could have been a little better, it still had power to be shocking.

The most surprising scene was the tracheotomy at the end which was just perfect. One should probably never approach a scalpel wielding possibly psychotic female who is tired of the constant surgery and her life – good advice I think.

I thought it was effective to show her mask-less with an unfocused lens to give it a more sinister feel. The mask itself was quite appealing. I liked how the characters, especially the doctor, had a touch of monomania in trying to perfect the face graft. Not only would he fix his daughter, but it is the type of discovery that would make him world famous at the expense of his daughter’s sanity.
While I do not think this is great cover, I do like that it doesn't give away too much of the mask which the Kino and the Australian releases are guilty of.

I’ll probably avoid the short Le Sang des bêtes for now.
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 03:32 AM

I still think the creepiest scene is when he is disposing of the body and the helicopter flies overhead (I seem to remember discussing this in the old thread). It has nothing to do with HIM in particular but it is just a random moment to make you think twice. It is an absolutely brilliant horror film all around.

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 06:33 PM

i'm actually working on a song tentatively called "les yeux sans visage" and it is inspired by the film. i keep hearing annie clark (b.k.a. st. vincent) singing it too =]

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 08:14 AM

Le Sang des bêtes was one of the most horrific things I've ever seen. I can not inwatch it.




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