Directed by stanley kubrick with tom cruise, nicole kidman, todd field, sydney pollack a new york city doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him. Where the rainbow ends: eyes wide shut (pp 59-84) karen d hoffman stanley kubrick'seyes wide shut(1999) is an existential film about human nature, sexuality, marital fidelity, and the nature and significance of choice it is one of kubrick's most optimistic films the rituals and banalities of life that often exercise a.
When it was released in the summer of 1999, eyes wide shut was easily the most anticipated film of the year starring the biggest movie star in the world and his wife, it was the first film in 12 years for stanley kubrick, who had not given an interview since 1987, on the occasion of the release of full metal.
In the last film he would direct, stanley kubrick gave full flight to his artistic impulses, in all their manipulative glory in the name of creative exploration, scenes would be shot again and again and again the unrelenting production bludgeoned the life force of kubrick's star, tom cruise, and in the process.
Kubrick did and the world of the occult and mystery religions, the babylonians, the chaldeans, the assyrians, the druids (who made the visiting romans say wtf, how do they know what we know) the gnostics, kabbalah - there's a whole world there rich for artistic interpretation if simply for art's sake.
In eyes wide shut, much as in the real world circa 1999, christmas is less a religious observance than an annual orgy of consumerism, the ecstatic climax of the retail year merry christmas banners hang in places of business alongside signs reading no checks accepted and thank you for your custom.