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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

UK 159m, Colour
Director: Stanley Kubrick; Cast: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson, Todd Field

eyes-wide-shutA psycho-sexual thriller dealing with jealousy and obsession, Eyes Wide Shut provides an intimate window into the lives of a husband and wife whose relationship becomes increasingly strained when she reveals a dream about an affair that she never acted upon. Strangely distraught, the husband goes to great lengths looking for an encounter of his own. Beautifully lit and photographed, Kubrick also builds a great deal of suspense, and plenty of paranoia, despite the fact that much of the story’s promise is left largely unfulfilled (Klaus Ming May 2014).

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5 comments on “Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    05/10/2014

    I remember a lot of debate at the time about whether Kubrick had actually finished the film before his death. I have no idea, obviously, but I do think the music (from the director of 2001!) was very disappointing (and annoying). Other than that, I admire it on a lot of levels but it doesn’t totally grab me. It may be that I’m resistant to stories which are driven by jealousy (I’m not that crazy about Othello, either, though I do like the Welles movie).

    • Klaus
      05/11/2014

      I don’t disagree, very repetitive and not very interesting score. After a couple of days thinking about this one, I’ve also come to the conclusion that I’m not a fan of this film on the basis that none of the characters are particularly likeable – which is probably an unfair basis for judging a film…but there it is.

  2. CMrok93
    05/10/2014

    As usual with Kubrick, it’s pretty weird. But that’s what works so well for it. Respectable swan song, I’d say. Good review Klaus.

  3. Chris, a librarian
    05/10/2014

    The original source. Arthur Schnitzler’s book Dream Story, is an interesting read for a comparison to the film. The movie is pretty close to the book in a lot of ways, though the original story is set in 1900 Vienna.

    • Klaus
      05/11/2014

      Sounds like it would be more interesting as a period piece.

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