French actress Edith Scob, the favorite filmmaker Georges Franju and Raoul Ruiz, known in the horror film Les Yeux sans visage, died at the age of 81, according to her agent, quoted by AFP. Her character in “Les Yeux sans visage” influenced John Carpenter for “Halloween” (1978) and Pedro Almodóvar for “La Piel que habito” (2011). She was also remarkable in the films directed by Leos Carax and Olivier Assayas.
In her rich career, which began 60 years ago, the actress was as prolific in cinema as in the theater, with over 60 roles in every art.
Under the directional wand of Georges Franju, the pioneer of the fantastic cinema, Edith Vladimirovna Scobeltzine, in her true name, debuted in 1959 ‘La Tete Contre Les Murs’, an adaptation of the novel by Hervé Bazin. Here he starred opposite Jean-Pierre Mocky, Anouk Aimée, Charles Aznavour and Pierre Brasseur.
Next year, she plays in Les Yeux sans visage, which consecrates her. Edith Scob will once again wear the famous mask 50 years later in “Holy Motors,” by Léos Carax, in one of his last big roles.
In the 1960s, the actress will film with Julien Duvivier (” La Chambre ardente ”), again with Georges Franju (” Judex ”) and Luis Buñuel in ” La voie miltee ” who plays the role of the Virgin Mary.
In 1977, she will collaborate with director Raoul Ruiz for “La Vocation suspendue,” a collaboration with the French-Chilean cinema that will be repeated five times.
It was distributed in: L’éte meurtrier, by Jean Becker (1983), ” Vénus Beaute (Institut) ”, by Tonie Marshall (1999), ” La fidelité ” by Andrzej Zulawski ), “Le pacte des loups”, by Christophe Gans (2001), L’Homme du Train, by Patrice Leconte (2002), Bon Vayage (2003) by Jean-Paul Rappeneau , and “Mon inconnue” (2019).
“L’Heure d’été”, a family drama directed by Olivier Assayas, brings her the first César nomination for “Best Supporting Actress.” She will also be nominated for her role in Holy Motors.