"Story of the Eye"

September 22, 2004 | Posted in Editorial Features by fleshbot-com

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The hypnotic, hallucinatory "Story of the Eye", Georges Bataille's 1928 novella of teenage sexual excess and transgression, might well be considered the bible of alt porn; it's curious, then, that some art-school grad-turned-porn auteur didn't tackle a film version long ago. But by all the accounts we've read so far, Andrew Repasky McElhinney's pansexual adaptation (which opens this week at Pioneer Two Boots Theater in NYC's East Village) was worth the wait: says Dave Kehr in the New York Times today, "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."

"Exploring the Temptation to Look (and to Look Away)" (review @ NY Times; registration required)
"Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye" (review @ unitshifter.com)
"Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye" (official site @ armcinema25.com)
Read: "Story of the Eye" (Georges Bataille Electronic Library @ supervert.com)
Order: "Story of the Eye" (Amazon)

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