Close Up

28 February 2012: Take Two: Eyes Without a Face / Remake


Close-Up present a rare screening of Franju's haunting horror classic Eyes Without a Face followed by a remake of its remake, Adam Robert's experimental Remake. Adam Roberts will participate in a Q & A session after the screening.

Eyes Without a Face
Georges Franju
1959 | 86 min | B/W | Digital

Secluded in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter's disfigured face – but at a horrifying price. At once ghastly and lyrical, Eyes Without a Face is a true rarity of horror cinema and has influenced countless films.

Adam Roberts
2011 | 36 min | B/W | Digital

Adam Robert's Remake, reshoots the 1960's Italian Grindhouse horror film Seddok, L'Erede di Satana by Anton Giulio Majano scene for scene with the later dubbed English soundtrack, but minus the presence of any of the films characters.

"This film is an experiment, removing the human presence from the film frame but preserving the effect of human presence. It is a response to Gorky's comment that film is a "kingdom of shadows." He talked about seeing film images of people as ghosts, preserved eternally. I thought to remove the ghosts and see what remained". – Adam Roberts