Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye
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Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye
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 transported to a dingy basement nightclub in some unknown era where… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is a strange, beautiful, disturbing and at times literally painful work."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Simply stunning. A new landmark in underground cinema."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Relentless, pretentious tedium."
‑ Ed Halter, Village Voice
"Bataille was a serious philosopher as well as a sensation-seeking writer, but you'd never guess his provocative ideas from this updated version."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Scabrous video art teetering between falutin' gallery and lowdown carnal imagery."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Apocalyptic porn."
‑ Kent Turner,
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