Existential metropolitan soft-core horror film? Feature-length hallucination? Attempt at the weirdest Christmas movie ever made? Whatever your take on Stanley Kubrick’s last film is, there’s no denying the mesmerizing power and visual beauty of 1999’s EYES WIDE SHUT.
Six days after the first test screening of Eyes Wide Shut, visionary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick passed away, leaving audiences to decipher on their own why he chose to passionately take on this tale of married couple William (Tom Cruise) and Alice (Nicole Kidman) Harford, spending 400 days on a feature film that takes place over one night. After Alice admits to William that she once almost — key word being almost — cheated on him, William is suddenly inspired to partake in a nightlong sexual odyssey, finding himself in one strange entanglement after another as the possible indiscretion plays out on a loop in his head.
Kubrick bought the rights to the Austrian novella the film is based on in the late 60s, after completing production on 2001: A Space Odyssey. In classic Kubrick fashion, he originally wanted the adaptation to be a sex comedy, and even considered casting Woody Allen or Steve Martin as the protagonist at one point, until he finally went to work on the film in the 1990’s now envisioning it as a darker tale. Considered by die-hard fans to be Kubrick’s best and most personal film, the polarizing Eyes Wide Shut is easily of Kubrick at his most audacious and daring, and a magnificent swan song to his many contributions to the art of cinema.
Wednesday, December 20 – 7:30pm
Thursday, December 21 – 7:30pm
Sunday, December 24 – 2pm