Georges Franju  

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Georges Franju (12 April 1912 – 5 November 1987) was a French filmmaker best remembered for his cult films Le Sang des bêtes and Les Yeux sans visage.



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, (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 involved in the Ben Barka scandal. Georges Franju died on November 5, 1987 in Paris.


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