The Horror Chamber of Doctor Faustus/the Manster double bill

Topics Discussed

  • Podcast and movie introductions
  • Andrew does the plot recap
  • The movie’s place in French cinema
  • Critical reception of Eyes without a Face
  • Blood of the Beasts
  • A reaction to the modern world
  • Citation: Postwar Facial Reconstruction
  • Hotel des invalides (misdescribed in the podcast somewhat)
  • The mask
  • The conflict of the main character
  • The acting style

Citations/Reference (What?)

The film’s wikipedia page

Geroulanos, Stefanos. “Postwar Facial Reconstruction: Georges Franju’s ‘Eyes Without a Face.’” French Politics, Culture & Society, vol. 31, no. 2, 2013, pp. 15–33. Conrad, Randall, and Georges Franju. “

Mystery and Melodrama: A Conversation with Georges Franju.” Film Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 2, 1981, pp. 31–42. JSTOR, JSTOR,

We watched the Criterion Collection edition of the film.

There is also an excellent soundtrack (which we didn’t discuss in the episode)