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The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (1971)

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At a morgue, forensic pathologists conduct autopsies of the corpses assigned.

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Forensic pathologists perform autopsies. The first two consist of examination, measurement, and checking muscles. The remaining ones involve cutting away bone to expose and examine internal organs, peeling back skin and muscle, removing organs, using syringes to extract bodily fluids, and cutting pieces of tissue. Clothes are inventoried. As each autopsy ends, bodies are covered with sheets. There is no soundtrack. We see a body with extensive burns. The work is sometimes delicate, sometimes not; but it's always gory so be warned. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In order to obtain entry to the morgue, Stan Brakhage had to agree that he would not show any of the faces of the deceased. Also, the film had to be approved by all the medical examiners who were captured on film. See more »

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My Fave Film!
17 March 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

When asked what my favorite film is, TAOSWOOE is always my response. I saw it several times in film school, and each was a unique experience. For those who haven't seen it, it is a silent color film about 30 minutes long, documenting an autopsy room. The cinematography is absolutely stunning -- the colors are gorgeous, the framing is beautiful. The lack of a sound track, to me, means that the audience becomes the soundtrack. Watching autopsy footage can be very uncomfortable for many -- regardless of your thoughts on death. This discomfort comes out in the audience through repositioning in the seat, coughing or sighing, even laughing. I have tried to find this for years in a version I could take home, although it truly is a theatrical experience. If you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to view it, don't miss it.


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