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Rated R · 154 minutes · 1999

Drama
Stanley Kubrick's last feature (1999) skillfully portrays the dark side of desire in a successful marriage. Since the 60s he'd thought about filming Arthur Schnitzler's novella “Traumnovelle,” about a young doctor contemplating various forms of adultery and debauchery after discovering that his wife has entertained comparable fantasies. It has a Kafkaesque ambiguity, wavering between dream and waking fantasy, and all the actors do a fine job of traversing this delicate territory. Yet the story has been altered to make the doctor (Tom Cruise) more of a hypocrite and his wife (Nicole Kidman) feistier; Kubrick's also added a Zeus-like tycoon (played perfectly by Sydney Pollack) who pretends to explain the plot shortly before the end but in fact only summarizes the various mysteries; his cynicism and chilly access to power reveal that Kubrick was more of a moralist than Schnitzler. This is a gripping, suggestive, and inventive piece of storytelling that, like Kubrick's other work, grows in mystery over time.
Official Site: www.eyeswideshut.com
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Stanley Kubrick and Frederic Raphael
Producer: Brian Cook, Jan Harlan and Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson, Rade Serbedzija, Todd Field, Vinessa Shaw, Alan Cumming, Sky Dumont, Fay Masterson, Leelee Sobieski, Thomas Gibson, Madison Eginton, Louise Taylor, Stewart Thorndike, Julienne Davis, Carmela Marner, Tres Hanley and Clarke Hayes

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