WriterGeorges Bataille (novel), Dan Buskirk, Edward J. Eberwine III, Melissa Elizabeth Forgione, Les Rek, Andrew Repasky McElhinney, Sean Timothy Sexton, Courtney Shea, Telly Initial releaseSeptember 22, 2004 (New York City) CastMelissa Elizabeth Forgione, Courtney Shea Music directorCity of Horns, Paul David Bergel ScreenplayAndrew Repasky McElhinney SimilarChicago Heights (film), Christabel (film), Wild 90
Georges Batailles Story of the Eye is a 2004 experimental film adaptation of the 1928 novel Story of the Eye 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 Batailles 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.”