Eyes Without a Face

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

 

France
Italy
1960
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Black & White
Translated
Catastrophes: 
Crash
4
A happy accident
4
5.04
6
4
1
2
2
Plot
Pace
Effects
This is the story of a woman disfigured in a car accident. We don’t see the accident, which can be boggling. We miss what could’ve been the first act. Was it caused by a budget restraint? Poor writing? Lack of vision? It seems that everything missing from this film was purposely omitted not to shock audiences and, yes, because gore is expensive. Like it or not, this is why movies get remade.
Oh, but give it time. There is blood. Passed the halfway mark, Eyes Without a Face gets increasingly daring. Prepare for a surgery scene that probably made people barf in 1960. 1960’s moviegoers, presumably, didn’t see this coming. Contemporary audiences have seen worse, though, and I’m not sure this stands the test of time, considering it attempts to push boundaries crossed many times since.
From the lab to the cemetery, the decorators left nothing to chance. This film has a bunch of writers and was adapted from a novel. It’s consistent, nonetheless, and you can’t feel the blood, sweat, and tears. It’s a linear story that doesn’t feel like patchwork. It’s a good tale worth telling, then retelling with a bigger budget and without fear of appalling the audience.
Alternate Titles: 
House of Dr. Rasanoff
Les yeux sans visage
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