Framing the Flesh: Eyes Without a Face (1960) & Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

Still image from Eyes Without a Face (1960), courtesy of Janus Films

Join us Thursday, April 4 at 6 pm, for a screening of Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face (1960) and Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989). This double feature of critically acclaimed and classic films is the second screening in the Framing the Flesh series, organized by Piper Ingels ’24, which explores our fascination with and revulsion to the fantasies of unconventional bodily alterations.

About the films

Eyes Without a Face (dir. Georges Franju, France/Italy, 1960, 90 min., digital)
Georges Franju’s iconic French arthouse horror film has been a major influence on the genre in the decades since its release. Simultaneously ghastly and lyrical, the film is a chilling expression of our ancient preoccupation with the nature of identity. Examining obsession, guilt, and the lengths a parent will go to for their child, the film’s images—of terror, of gore, of inexplicable beauty—are not easily forgotten.

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (dir. Shinya Tsukamoto, Japan, 1989, 92 min., digital)
Shinya Tsukamoto’s unconventional perspective on humanity’s enduring struggle with technology has elevated his film to cult classic status. Twisting traditional elements of body horror into a frenetically paced cyberpunk concoction, the movie thrives on techno-erotic energy and a blend of wrought-iron perversions. The outcome is an attempt to intertwine pain with pleasure, fuse the realms of man and metal, and, via the film’s distinctive style, unify the realms of new media and old.

These films contains material of a highly sensitive nature including language, nudity, violence, gore, and disturbing content.

Framing the Flesh

Framing the Flesh is a four-film series that explores our fascination with and revulsion to the fantasies of unconventional bodily alterations. The films meet at the intersection of pain and gratification linked to body modifications, cyborg enhancements, and plastic surgery, examining how these practices serve as sources of stimulation, empowerment, and avenues for sexual satisfaction.

Framing the Flesh is organized by Piper Ingels ’24, as the capstone project for her 2023-24 Meg Reitman Jacobs ’63 Endowed Internship. The series is programmed in conjunction with the student-curated exhibition Abject Anatomy, on view at the Tang from February 9 through April 21, 2024.

Framing the Flesh Screenings

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Eyes Without a Face trailer
Tetsuo: The Iron Man trailer
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