Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye: the film


Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye is a 2004 American film adaptation of the 1928 novel by the French writer Georges Bataille. The film, directed by Andrew Repasky McElhinney, takes place in a seemingly abandoned house where a group of people engage in wordless acts of passion. The film covers a period from evening to morning, and the sexual couplings among the members of the house becomes increasingly harrowing as daylight arrives.

Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye began as a video installation before being reconfigured into a feature-length film. It had its New York theatrical premiere in September 2004, and its support was led by Dave Kehr of the New York Times, who wrote of the production; “This is transgression in a literal sense, an act of aggression that Bataille would no doubt have appreciated. This is not a movie for passive consumption, but a film that bites back.”

3 thoughts on “Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye: the film

  1. jahsonic

    Thanks for those links, I am including them in the wiki, there seems to be some confusion regarding Ian Kerkhof, he seems to be both a South African and a Dutch guy? Working on it …

    Had you seen the Repasky film?


  2. Valter

    No, I haven’t seen the film by Repasky.

    Kerkhof is a South African who emigrated to the Netherlands. His very transgressive films quickly got him media attention once he started in film school. He had an extremely interesting appearance in the ‘Zomergasten’ talkshow in 1995, showing Lydia Lunch’s notorious short film Fingered amongst others. I think I still have a VHS lying in the attic.

    Wikipedia mentions he changed his name to Aryan Kaganof.

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