Eyes Wide Shut


Eyes Wide Shut DVD cover

Eyes Wide Shut DVD cover

Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and editor. He is regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Kubrick’s films covered a variety of genres, including war, crime, romantic and black comedies, horror, epic and science fiction. The following films can be mentioned as a few of his work. Spartacus, Lolita, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut. If you haven’t watched Kubrick’s films, try at least watching the above mentioned few.

Eyes Wide Shut is Kubrick’s last film. He died 5 days after showing his final cut to the Warner Brothers. Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 drama film based on Arthur Schnitzler‘s 1926 novella Dream Story. Kubrick did the directing, producing and co-writing of the film script. The film was wholly shot in the United Kingdom, including a recreation of Greenwich Village at Pinewood Studios, and had a long production, which holds the Guinness World Record for the longest constant movie shoot at 400 days.

The story is about a medical doctor called Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) and his wife. He lives a perfectly normal life with his beautiful wife, Alice (Nicole Kidman). Bill and Alice go to a Christmas party, given by Victor Ziegler (Sydney Pollack,) a wealthy patient. Bill meets an old friend from medical school who dropped out of the medical school, Nick Nightingale (Todd Field.) He now plays piano at a hotel. A Hungarian man (Sky du Mont) tries to seduce Alice unsuccessfully while two young models try to seduce Bill.  Bill is interrupted by a call from his host who had been having sex with Mandy (Julienne Davis), a young woman who has overdosed some drugs.

After going home Alice tells Bill that she was about to be seduced by a naval officer some time back and she wanted it badly then. Bill is hurt to hear that. He gets a call from a daughter of a patient who just died of old age. While coming back after visiting the dead person, Bill is attracted by a prostitute and when he was about to sleep with her at her room, he gets a call from Alice and he leaves without sleeping with the prostitute but pays her up in full. On the way home he visits the hotel where Nick plays piano. Nick mistakenly reveals him about a secret place he is to visit that night blindfolded and out of curiosity, Bill too visits that place where huge sex orgies take place. I think that is the point I have to stop this movie review.

Honestly, I don’t like the film though it is filled with nudity and sex and beautiful Nicole Kidman herself is in some of them. Movie is boring to watch. I have seen Kubrick’s other movies and they were excellent but I didn’t enjoy this much. But you may. Remember to watch this when the kids are not around as there are explicit sex scenes throughout the movie.

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