A doctor becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter after his wife admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met and chastising him for dishonesty in not admitting to his own fantasies. This sets him off into unfulfilled encounters with a dead patient’s daughter and a hooker. But when he visits a nightclub, where a pianist friend Nick Nightingale is playing, he learns about a secret sexual group and decides to attend one of their congregations. However, he quickly learns he is in well over his head and finds he and his family are threatened. –IMDb
Stanley Kubrick was born in New York, and was considered intelligent despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance, Kubrick’s father Jack (a physician) sent him in 1940 to Pasadena, California, to stay with his uncle Martin Perveler. Returning to the Bronx in 1941 for his last year of grammar school, there seemed to be little change in his attitude or his results. Hoping to find something to interest his son, Jack introduced Stanley to chess, with the desired result. Kubrick took to the game passionately, and quickly became a skilled player. Chess would become an important device for Kubrick in later years, often as a tool for dealing with recalcitrant actors, but also as an artistic motif in his films.
Jack Kubrick’s decision to give his son a camera for his thirteenth birthday would be an even wiser move: Kubrick became an avid photographer, and would often make trips around New York taking photographs which he would… read more
Each time I watch EWS it becomes a little more excruciating to sit through the pot-smoking scene, both because of the embarrassingly shoddy logic of the dialogue and, especially, because of the brittle phoniness of the performances. But somewhere within Kidman's recounting of her near-infidelity, I stop cringing at the awkwardness; I am under the film's spell, and I will remain there until its final scene reestablishes the possibility of a sexual love capable of withstanding the ubiquitous corrosions of commerce, masquerade, and trauma. A chilly but gripping closing chapter to a restless career.
Kubrick's last film is so idiotic and silly. Had it been made by any other director nobody would give a damn about this pompous soft-core flick, but since some people think Kubrick was a god this thing might pop out every now and then in some list of "underrated movies." Trust me, underrated is the last thing you would call this thing.
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*** All images from Détective (Jean-Luc Godard, France/Switzerland, 1985). Cinematography
Above: Stanley Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut. “Late Films,” BAM’s new series is titled, as a series of neglected films made late in
Stanley Kubrick’s final and most complicated masterpiece opened to extreme disappointment among reviewers from all over. Critics claimed that Kubrick was “out of touch with today’s jaded sensibilities”… read review
No matter how much i say this movie annoys me, i always end up watching it a couple of times a year. Maybe its time for me to just admit that i kinda like this movie. We all know the tale of stanley… read review
“If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed”
What is Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut? Is it a psychological tale about the power of delusion derived from a sick mind? Is it an approximation… read review