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
Excellent movie, especially in blu-ray. One of Stanley Kubrick's best. Truly an enjoyable experience.Published 1 month 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 2 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 4 months ago by Gis A. Bun
True too as the original book, but much more visual. I recommend it,Published 13 months ago by Catharine
The Ritual is required watching; in fact I watched it several times. I suspect it's heavily edited, but even so it's a must see. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2013 by BG McDonald
Not to suggest that you can expect to see Kubrick's last film in a stunning new light on Blu-Ray, and although like any Blu-Ray it is certainly beautiful, by comparison to some... Read morePublished on April 4 2008 by K. Driscoll
This movie is only gripping if you watch it at night, take my word for it. I watched it for the first time at night and it freaked me out. Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2007 by Bob