3 Eyes Without a Face (GB edition) nice of-its-time thrillerOldEnglandsEyes69 | 15/03/2008 | See all OldEnglandsEyes69's reviews (401)Top 100 Reviewer Top 10 Music Reviewer I've seen this black & white film, directed by Georges Franju, described as "the best horror film ever". Whilst I wouldn't go anywhere near that far, it's a pretty good film for it's time (1959 - 1962 was the US/GB release). It's not a horror though; more a thriller. What people regard as the horror aspect is the good Doctor trying to transplant a facial skin from a murdered girl to replace his daughter's which he's destroyed in a car crash by maniac driving.Apparently the scriptwriters for this film wrote the novel on which Hitchcock's "Vertigo" film was based. We have actors and actresses that us English have never heard of. Edith Scob (Doctor's daughter), Alida Valli (Doctor's assistant), Juliette Meyniel (an innocent victim) and Paulette Meredon (a shoplifter roped into helping the bumbling French police).There are a few continuity problems in the film. You'll find some details on the IMDb web-site, to which I've recently added a major blunder. The Doctor's car is a beautiful Citroen DS but two are used, presumably for shooting in different locations. Though they both have the same registration number, one car has fog-lights on the bonnet whilst the other doesn't. Perhaps the former is the "deluxe" DS21 whereas the latter is the "basic" DS19. I don't really know as I'm not that well-up on French cars, apart from the Talbot Tagora SX (an updated Peugeot 604) laid up in my garage, the Peugeot 605 I used to have and the Peugeot 607 which is my current car. Anyway I digress.There were also picture quality problems in my Criterion edition (which I'm sure won't be corrected here) obviously relating to its original shooting. I've never seen a b&w film from this era with such poorly judged outdoor exposures. Virtually every outdoor sequence is totally over-exposed, bar the close-up object being filmed e.g. a person or a car. Everything in the background e.g. buildings, sky etc is totally washed-out, spoiling the film's appearance. This amateurish cinematography could of course be easily corrected (or the effect greatly reduced) in this age of digital technology during transfer to the digital medium. Unfortunately this has not been done.Furthermore, though I usually prefer to watch films in their native tongue, subtitled rather than dubbed, I would question the ommission of the English dubbing apparently used for the 1962 GB/US release. Even though this was an edited version, it surely would have been of little bother these days to insert a few minutes of extra dubbing. If that were impossible it would be preferable to retain the original with apologies for the gaps. Similar work has been done with stills inserted where restored bits of films now only exist as audio, the video cuts having been long lost.Finally, this edition omits the extra "Blood of the Beasts" from the Criterion one, a distressing Franju documentary pre-dating the film by several years (1949) in which he filmed (edited down to 20 minutes) exactly what happened in a Paris slaughterhouse. It's replaced by a documentary about Franju. Unless the over-exposure of the outdoor shots are corrected in this GB issue (which I doubt), then personally I would choose the Criterion edition for that Franju documentary.