Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye (2004)

Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye

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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Special Interest
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Written By: Andrew Repasky McElhinney, Bosco Younger, Les Rek, Dan Buskirk, Courtney Shea
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Critic Reviews for Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

It is a strange, beautiful, disturbing and at times literally painful work.

Full Review… | September 22, 2004
New York Times
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Relentless, pretentious tedium.

Full Review… | September 21, 2004
Village Voice
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Scabrous video art teetering between falutin' gallery and lowdown carnal imagery.

Full Review… | June 16, 2004
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 30, 2004
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Bataille was a serious philosopher as well as a sensation-seeking writer, but you'd never guess his provocative ideas from this updated version.

Full Review… | September 23, 2004
Christian Science Monitor

Apocalyptic porn.

Full Review… | September 22, 2004
Film-Forward.com

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