Georges Bataille (1897-1962)
À perte de vue / "As-Far-as-The-Eye-Can-See (At the Limit of Vision)", documentary (1997)
À perte de vue / "As-Far-as-The-Eye-Can-See (At the Limit of Vision)",

"How to grasp with naked hands the most fiery thinking of the century ? How to approach through film that which shies away whenever approached ?

How can the cinema - "the art of image" as we say - welcome and let live the intolerable images woven in stories such as "Madame Edwarda" and "The Dead Man" ?

In short, how to talk about Georges Bataille in a film when we know that film to be impossible ?" André S. Labarthe. "Comment saisir à mains nues la pensée la plus volcanique du siècle ? Comment approcher par le film ce qui se dérobe à toute approche ?

Comment le cinéma -- "art de l'image", dit-on -- peut-il accueillir et laisser vivre les images inadmissibles qui tissent des récits tels que "Madame Edwara" et "Le Mort" ?

Bref, comment parler de Georges Bataille dans un film quand on sait ce film impossible ?" André S. Labarthe.

50-minute documentary program co-produced by Amip-France 3.

Director: André S. Labarthe well-known as co-founder and original developer of "Cinéma, de notre temps", here portrays the French writer Georges Bataille (1897-1962), whose work ventures, at the same time, into the fields of literature, anthropology, philosophy, economy, sociology and history of art.

Initially broadcasted on 30 April 1997, the film contains the interviews with Pierre Klossowski and Jacques Pimpanneau. The French title could be translated as "As-Far-as-The-Eye-Can-See (At the Limit of Vision)", which may well constitute a literary reference to the Bataille's first book, "Story of the Eye".