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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
True too as the original book, but much more visual. I recommend it,Published 6 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 18 months ago 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
It's no surprise to me that 'Eyes Wide Shut' was instantly rejected by mainstream audiences, who were probably expecting a soft porn movie along the same lines as 'Basic Instinct. Read morePublished on July 19 2004
another gem in the bracelet that is the stanley kubrik discography.this was his 13th film.3 bad things happened. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by abe
This movie calls for a review. While having brilliant ideas, it fails its potential to become an all-time classic.
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kubrick was and remains the most 'celebrated' of cinemas avant gardists.
the fact that he had a comfortable carte blanche /big budget status tends to distract from his whole... Read more