Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut

Director: Stanley Kubrick

1999, USA, 159 minutes, 35mm, R

Language: English

Cast: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack

Distributor: Warner Bros Entertainment

Program Notes

Kubrick 90
Beginning July 26th, the SNF Parkway celebrates Stanley Kubrick’s would-be 90th birthday with a retrospective of the master filmmaker’s invaluable contributions to the history of cinema. The series will occur twice monthly and will showcase each of the director’s films in turn.

Stanley Kubrick’s daring last film is a bracing psychosexual journey, a riveting suspense tale and a career milestone for stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

At a Christmas party hosted by wealthy, unconventional Victor Ziegler (Sydney Pollack), provocative advances and innocent flirtations arouse suspicion as high-society physician Dr. William Harford (Cruise) and his sexy wife, Alice (Kidman) watch each other from a distance.

Alone later, this seemingly perfect couple confront their intimate sexual fantasies — which don’t include each other. Caught between reality and illusion, jealousy and obsession, William struggles with his inner urges. Will he act on his erotic fantasies or keep them hidden deep inside? Sometimes a man can see more clearly with his Eyes Wide Shut.

As the story sweeps from doubt and fear to self-discovery and reconciliation, Kubrick orchestrates it with masterful flourishes. Graceful tracking shots, rich colors and startling images that make Kubrick a filmmaker for the ages are here to keep everyone’s eyes wide open.


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