Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye (2004)
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Writer/director Andrew Repasky McElhinney's follow-up to the critically successful A Chronicle of Corpses is entitled Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye, but it is not based on Bataille's historically scandalous novella. It's clear that McElhinney's film falls more into the "inspired by" category. The film opens with file footage of a woman giving birth through an episiotomy. This is accompanied by a voice-over that briefly describes Bataille's life and the furor his work caused. We are then
Sep 22, 2004 Wide
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It is a strange, beautiful, disturbing and at times literally painful work.
Scabrous video art teetering between falutin' gallery and lowdown carnal imagery.
Less an adaptation of Bataille's first novel, The Story of the Eye, than an exploration of its thematic underpinnings, the intersection of eroticism, power and baroque perversity.
Bataille was a serious philosopher as well as a sensation-seeking writer, but you'd never guess his provocative ideas from this updated version.
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