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
At first I found the editing jarring, but then things take off and I was sucked in. 159 minutes went by surprisingly quickly, especially given Tom Cruise's presence.
This movie gets under your skin in such an indescribable way. It's erotic, but not sexy - tense, but not scary. The score, the colors and framing, the acting - all creates this consistently engaging dream-like trance. I love the questions it raises about masculinity, relationships, social status. But most of all, I love it because I don't quite know why I love it...it has a quality impossible to put into words.
Forget all of the deeper meanings and symbolism, this is a truly great and fantastic film without that, Cruise gives a very creditable performance but the suspense and edge of your seatness (helped by the score) is outstanding, aided a lot by Kubrick's impeccable direction. One of the scariest films ever made.
I don't think Kubrick ever made a bad film, even in his twilight. Watching this film is like an emotional roller coaster, where fantasies are real, even to the most extreme of degrees. Kubrick's talent shines throughout the entire film. His writing, his control over actors, and his choice for the most perfect of shots. If you have almost three hours to spare, don't waste it, and watch this instead.
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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