De Humani Corporis Fabrica - English subtitled

This overwhelming documentary delves into the human body during hospital surgeries. Horror and humour in an anatomy lesson with a microscopic level of intimacy.

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In 1543, the Brussels-born physician Andreas Vesalius mapped in detail the human body in his seven-volume DE HUMANI CORPORIS FABRICA. Now, anthropologist-filmmakers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel have followed in his footsteps. The two work with the prestigious Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, and previously made such overwhelming documentaries as LEVIATHAN (about ocean fishing) and CANIBA (about a Japanese cannibal). Their latest film likewise delivers a deeply physical viewing experience.

From our viewpoint above hospital operating tables, we see doctors and nurses talking about white blood cells, work pressure, and plans for the weekend. The camera, meanwhile, dives through a variety of entryways into the bodies of their patients. These scenes alternate with shots of the innards of another kind of body: the corridors and tunnels of the five hospitals in Paris where the documentary is set. Everything you don't get to see and hear in a television hospital series. (source:

Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel, France, Switzerland, USA, 22023, 115 min. French spoken, English subtitles.