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Trailers from Hell: Sam Hamm on Georges Franju's Nightmarish 'Eyes Without a Face'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood April 1, 2013 at 11:29AM

Euro Horror Week! begins at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Sam Hamm introducing Georges Franju's seminal French film "Eyes Without a Face," which centers on a surgeon's maniacal focus on restoring his daughter's disfigured face.
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"Eyes Without a Face"
"Eyes Without a Face"

Euro Horror Week! begins at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Sam Hamm introducing Georges Franju's seminal French film "Eyes Without a Face," which centers on a surgeon's maniacal focus on restoring his daughter's disfigured face.

French documentarian and co-founder of the Cinematheque Francaise Georges Franju's second fiction feature remains one of the most influential horror films of its decade, a nightmarishly poetic dreamscape that elevates a Monogram Pictures-level conceit to the realm of expressive exotica. Jess Franco, John Woo and Pedro Almodovar are just a few of the filmmakers whose work has reflected elements of Franju's bizarre achievement.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.