10 EYE FILM #5 - EYES WITHOUT A FACE
Sight is the sense prized most of all by movie-makers, and the inclusion of the word “eye” in a film title is not without significance, often alluding to subtleness, double-crossing or recursion. It is as if the producers wanted us to watch the movie twice, rather than letting us sit back and indulge in a lengthy tale. In an era when we are all under the surveillance of the electronic eyes of cameras phones, the question of eyes and what they see has never been more relevant.
Eyes Without a Face (France, Georges Franju, 1959) tells the story of a surgeon who attempts to graft a face onto his daughter who has been left disfigured by an accident. One of the first French fantasy films in which the eyes represent the living part of the face.