Plastic Surgery Featured in Movies

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Plastic surgery is a procedure that people do to enhance and modify their appearance. It is a procedure that is cited in many types of media especially in film. It can be seen as vanity for a character or as a way to explain major motivations for people in a scene. Some movies can be graphic; detailing every snip that is happening.

Death Becomes Her (1992)

A vain actress who glorified her youth searches for the best permanent solution to stop looking older. This is one of my favourite movies to watch and a little bit of a spoiler for the movie one of the best alternative zombie movies out there.

Screenshot of Death Becomes Her (1992).
Screenshot of Death Becomes Her (1992). Helen and Madeline at the end of a large fight that badly damaged their bodies.

Brazil (1985)

A man slips into fantasy to escape daily life. A part of his daily life is meeting up with his mother who is a plastic surgery addict. Her skin stretches like plastic on her face. A lot of the imagery of the fakeness and routine of daily life.

Face/Off (1997)

A mad criminal hides bombs in random areas around the city set to detonate. A cop must switch identities with the criminal with plastic surgery by switching faces. This is mostly a 1990’s action movie. It’s not something to be taken seriously. Don’t think of the logic of a man whose the size of John Travolta trading anything that is equal size to Nicolas Cage.

Eyes without a Face (1956)

The original classic of a girl with a debilitating disease that eats away only the skin on her face lives in secrecy. Her father, a surgeon, hunts for the best skin replacement for his daughter. Every time her body rejects a “donor” he goes out and finds another candidate.

The Skin I Live In (2012)

The villain is creepy and his captive’s backstory is more of a twist to see inside the psyche of the madman. The file is about a doctor on the way to making a breakthrough scientific discovery with indestructible skin that’s fireproof and sting-proof was on his way to revolutionizing the beauty industry but his experiment was never tested on humans. He “finds” a subject for his experiments.

Vanilla Sky (2001)

An overly rich, vain, gluttonous man has his life turned upside down after the car accident that killed his girlfriend and disfigured his face. Vanilla Sky is the American remake of the Spanish-made movie called Open Your Eyes which was made four years before. Both films have Penélope Cruz has the same character Sofia, the love interest for the lead.

Faceless (1987)

A model loses her face in an attack. She goes to a plastic surgeon to get back her face in hopes of restarting her career but is kidnapped instead. Her father who is also a detective goes off and looks for her. This film has some plot points that could only exist in the 1980s like more tension no anesthesia for surgery, someone else’s whole face fitting some random person’s face and sexuality fixing everything.

Darkman (1990)

After surviving an explosion in his lab, a doctor uses the synthetic skin he was developing to hunt down the people who scarred him. He runs around town killing mobsters with skin that expires within 90 minutes of wearing.

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

A docudrama about Liberace and his relationship with Scott Thorson. It touches on their personal lives, surgeries in his life and with his partner and Liberace’s career as a pianist. The plastic surgery scenes show nose and facelift procedures graphically. There are a lot of scenes that deal with diet pill addiction and cocaine.

Breast Men (1997)

A docudrama about the invention of the Silicon implant in the 1960s. The story progresses very quickly in the first 15 minutes. For such an interesting story it can be a little plain but that’s a good thing. If it was a flasher it would have been awkward to view. The time period setting and the trial and error approach to the procedure are effective on how difficult it was to succeed. The cutaway scenes of women who perceive had the surgery and have something good and bad to say.

Dark Passage (1947)

A criminal who just escaped from prison goes to an underground plastic surgeon for a new face to disguise himself from the police while hunting under who really murdered his wife. The majority of the movie uses a combination of creative filming techniques. It uses long shots away from criminal Vincent Parry (Humphrey Bogart) hiding his face in each shot with angles and shadows. It also uses point-of-view filming where the camera is in the point of view of Vincent Parry himself throughout the whole film. It’s a great suspenseful film especially for video game enthusiasts and anyone who liked Batman (1989).

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