It was inevitable that Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut would be the most misunderstood film of 1999. Kubrick died four months prior to its release, and there was no end to speculation how much he would have tinkered with the picture, changed i
It was inevitable that Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut would be the most misunderstood film of 1999. Kubrick died four months prior to its release, and there was no end to speculation how much he would have tinkered with the picture, changed it, "fixed" it. We'll never know. But even without the haunting enigma of the director's death--and its eerie echo/anticipation in the scene when Dr. Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) visits the deathbed of one of his patients--Eyes Wide Shut would have perplexed and polarized viewers and reviewers. After all, virtually every movie of Kubrick's post-U.S. career had; only 1964's Dr. Strangelove opened to something approaching consensus. Quite apart from the author's tinkering, Kubrick's movies themselves always seemed to change--partly because they changed us, changed the world and the ways we experienced and understood it. And we may expect Eyes Wide Shut to do the same. Unlike Kubrick himself, it has time.
So consider, as we settle in to live with this long, advisedly slow, mesmerizing film, how challenging and ambiguous its narrative strategy is. The source is an Arthur Schnitzler novella titled Traumnovelle (or "Dream Story"), and it's a moot question how much of Eyes Wide Shut itself is dream, from the blue shadows frosting the Harfords' bedroom to the backstage replica of New York's Greenwich Village that Kubrick built in England. Its major movement is an imaginative night-journey (even the daylight parts of it) taken by a man reeling from his wife's teasing confession of fantasized infidelity, and toward the end there is a token gesture of the couple waking to reality and, perhaps, a new, chastened maturity. Yet on some level--visually, psychologically, logically--every scene shimmers with unreality. Is everything in the movie a dream? And if so, who is dreaming it at any given moment, and why?
Don't settle for easy answers. Kubrick's ultimate odyssey beckons. And now the dream is yours. --Richard T. Jameson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Arrived within delivery time perimeters and was a describedPublished 4 days ago by patrick kilmartin
This is BluRay but the picture quality is not great (grainy). It's been maybe 10 years since I last watched it but I was able to get more message out of it this time around. Read morePublished 21 days ago by JR
Stanley Kubrick's last picture and a great one. Far above the standard fare of movies today; artistic and demanding. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James S. Mclean
Excellent movie, especially in blu-ray. One of Stanley Kubrick's best. Truly an enjoyable experience.Published 2 months ago by Fred Conrad
I watched this in the theatre when I was younger and wanted to re-watch it now that it's available on Blu-Ray. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dave D.
The unedited European version was shown then only in Quebec. Now it looks like nothing special compared to some films out there now. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gis A. Bun