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Losing face: the hysteria of identity in face-swapping films

For the most part we all grow up with this idea that the person you are is separate from the sack of skin and bones you lug it around in. 1,123 more words

Essay

Eyes Without a Face

With a few exceptions scattered throughout the past hundred years or so of feature filmmaking, the French never really embraced the horror film. Instead, drawing from a literary tradition capped by the writing of Gaston Leroux and Victor Hugo, the French response to what we in the United States (and Britain, and Italy, and Japan, and…well, most of the world) define as horror was… 2,880 more words

Film & TV

Eyes Without a Face (1960)

As the camera pans down a line of people on a sidewalk in Paris waiting to buy theater tickets, an attractive middle-aged woman approaches Edna Gruber, a Swiss college student played by Juliette Mayniel. 1,183 more words

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PAST AND PRESENT, MAINLY PAST - INCLUDING SILENT FILM

ONE MORE FRANJU

Rick’s Journal  –  MY FILM CAREER

La Première nuit
Georges Franju
1958

This glowing example of poetic documentary captures light and contrast and lines and shapes, utilizes silences against sounds, and benefits from two perfectly cast faces  —  the boy who spends the night underground in trains and the glimpsed girl who becomes the girl of his dreams. 175 more words

Reviews

Steal Your Face

As I’ve mentioned before, when a movie actually comes up with a refreshingly unique idea, sometimes it gets ripped off so often that it spawns a whole genre….Such is the case with… 272 more words

EYES WITHOUT A FACE and the Reasons We Horror

BEFORE

In keeping with this week’s trends on Twitter, let me offer my own advice to aspiring film journalists: start early or embrace adulthood late. 1,172 more words

The Sunday Intertitle: Birdman

Look, I don’t mean to brag — probably what I do mean to do is GLOAT — but I was turned loose in the Criterion storeroom during my recent New York excursion (alongside Scout Tafoya). 449 more words

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