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Faceless

Faceless
Director: Jesus Franco, 1987.
Spain and France, 99 minutes.
English.

A plastic surgeon, his wife, and his sister are attacked by a disgruntled former patient wielding a glass full of acid. The patient throws the glass at the doctor, but misses, hitting his wife instead and ruining her complexion. Scarred, she retreats into isolation while the good doctor plots to find a way to restore her beauty, a la face transplant. Capturing several suitable subjects for unwilling donation, Franco's work does not come up short on indulgent imagery, best read as the ultimate video nasty version of Franju's classic Eyes Without a Face, making explicit reference to its iconic imagery with greater visual transgression and a garishly 80's visual sensibility, completing his referential Dr. Orloff series.

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