Movie of the Month


Film Title: Eyes Wide Shut

Event No : 18
Date of Screening : 12-Apr-2014
Venue and Time : Hotel Savera 10 am


Stanley Kubrick



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.

Language: English
Running Time: 159 mins
Release Date: July 16, 1999
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Produced by: Stanley Kubrick
Written by: Stanley Kubrick
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson, Todd Field
Music by: Jocelyn Pook
Shot by: Larry Smith
Editing by:
Nigel Galt

About the Film

Shortly after its screening at the Venice Film Festival, Eyes Wide Shut saw a British premiere on September 3, 1999 at the Warner Village cinema in Leicester Square.Eyes Wide Shut opened on July 16, 1999 in the United States.

While Stanley Kubrick was interested in making a film about sexual relations as early as 1962, during production of Dr. Strangelove, the project only took off after he read Arthur Schnitzler's Dream Story in 1968, when he was seeking a work to follow on 2001: A Space Odyssey. Kubrick got interested in adapting the story and with the help of then-journalist Jay Cocks bought the filming rights to the novel. The project was only revived in 1994, when Kubrick hired Frederic Raphael to work on the script, updating the setting from 19th century Vienna to 20th century New York City. Kubrick invited Michael Herr, a personal friend who helped write Full Metal Jacket, for revisions, but Herr declined for fear that he would both be underpaid and would commit to an overlong production.

Jocelyn Pook wrote the original music for Eyes Wide Shut, but like other Kubrick movies the film was noted for its usage of classical music. The opening title music is "Waltz 2 from Shostakovich's Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra". One recurring piece is the second movement of György Ligeti's piano cycle "Musica ricercata".


  1. Though often referred to as Stanley Kubrick's "unfinished masterpiece", the final edit of the film was actually presented to Warner Bros. (by Kubrick) a full four days before his death.
  2. Stanley Kubrick considered this to be his greatest film. Stanley Kubrick's first film to open at #1 at the U.S. box office.


  1. Golden Globes Award for Best Original Score – Motion Picture – Jocelyn Pook (nominated).
  2. Venice Film Festival Filmcritica "Bastone Bianco" Award – Stanley Kubrick (Won).
  3. French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Best Foreign Film – Stanley Kubrick (Won).

About the Director

Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and editor who did much of his work in the United Kingdom. Part of the New Hollywood film-making wave, he is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential directors of all time. His films, typically adaptations of novels or short stories, are noted for their "dazzling" and unique cinematography, attention to detail in the service of realism, and the evocative use of music. Kubrick's films covered a variety of genres, including war, crime, literary adaptations, romantic and black comedies, horror, epic and science fiction. Kubrick was also noted for being a demanding perfectionist, using painstaking care with scene staging, camera-work and coordinating extremely closely both with his actors and his behind-scenes collaborators.

Starting out as a photographer in New York City, he taught himself all aspects of film production and directing after graduating from high school. His earliest films were made on a shoestring budget, followed by one Hollywood blockbuster, Spartacus, after which he spent most of the rest of his career living and filming in the United Kingdom.

Many of his films broke new ground in cinematography, including 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), a science-fiction film which director Steven Spielberg called his generation's "big bang", with innovative visual effects and scientific realism.For Barry Lyndon (1975), Kubrick obtained lenses developed by Zeiss for NASA in order to film scenes under natural candlelight and The Shining (1980) was among the first feature films to make use of a Steadicam for stabilized and fluid tracking shots. As with his earlier shorts, Kubrick was the cinematographer and editor on the first two of his thirteen feature films. He directed, produced and wrote all or part of the screenplays for nearly all his films.

While some of Kubrick's films were controversial with mixed reviews, such as Paths of Glory (1957), Lolita (1962), and A Clockwork Orange (1971), most of his films were nominated for Oscars, Golden Globes or BAFTAs. Film historian Michel Ciment considers his films to be "among the most important contributions to world cinema in the twentieth century" while director Norman Jewison calls him one of the "great masters" that America has produced.


About the Guest

After assisting Hindi directors Rajkumar Santoshi and Govind Nihalani and working under Balu Mahendra, he made his directorial debut with Kattradhu Thamizh (2007), which fetched him strong critical acclaim. His second film Thanga Meengal (2013) also won critical praise and three National Film Awards.

By mid-2006, Ram began working on his directorial debut, Kattradhu Thamizh that followed the journey of a lower middle class post-graduate degree holder in Tamil literature, who struggles to find a job and gradually turns a sociopath, frustrated by the inequality in the social stratification. Following its release in October 2007, the film received high critical praise, becoming termed as a "cult classic".

By 2009 he had penned a story titled Thanga Meengal and after a long struggle to find a producer, Gautham Menon accepted to produce it, asking Ram to enact the protagonist's role. Thanga Meengal discusses how a common man’s life is twisted and turned by globalization and today’s educational system. The film was a critical success, winning three National Film Awards including the Best Tamil Feature Film Award and three awards at the Chennai International Film Festival. It was also screened in the International Children's Film Festival, India in the Children's World section which screens the finest movies of the last decade, and was the only Tamil film selected to Indian Panorama in IFFI, Goa.

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