Georges Franju  

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Georges Franju (April 12, 1912 - November 5, 1987) was a French filmmaker.

He was born in Fougères, France.

Franju was one of the cofounders of the Cinémathèque Française. His first film was a 1949 documentary short, Le Sang des bêtes. Le Sang des bêtes (Blood of the Beasts) was shot in a Parisian slaughterhouse. It demonstrated Franju's ability to combine the poetic and the graphic and revealed Franju's ability to perceive the cruel and the uncanny within a realistic setting. Franju is best known for his 1960 horror film, Les Yeux sans visage (Eyes Without a Face). Described by Pauline Kael as "[p]erhaps the most elegant horror movie ever made," Eyes Without a Face is the story of a mad doctor played by Pierre Brasseur and his efforts to replace the face of his disfigured daughter, played by Edith Scob, with the faces of murdered women. Alida Valli played the role of the doctor's devoted assistant.

Other notable films were Thérèse Desqueyroux and Thomas l'imposteur. franju was relucantly involved in the ben-barka scandal. the morrocan dissident was kiddnaped on his way to meet the director,concerning a future film. Georges Franju died on November 5, 1987 in Paris.[1] [Apr 2007]

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