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5.0 out of 5 stars "Eyes Wide Open", 6 April 2010
This review is from: Eyes Wide Shut (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
The seventh commandment tells us "Thou Shalt not commit adultury" and so Kubrick's Swan Song has left us with an ambigous moral dilemma. When is adultury commited ? When it's real ? Or when it's fantasy ?

It's the same dilemma that plagued Tom Ewell's and his "fantasy" affair with Marily Monroe in Billy Wilder's "The Seven Year Itch." It seems ironic in retrospect that Billy Wilder was originally planning to film the book "Dream Story" by Arthur Schnitzler on which "EWS" is adapated .

It was spookily apt to cast Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in the roles of Dr Hartman and his wife Alice, a Rich Park Avenue couple who's marriage is unhinged by Kidman's late night confession of adultury to her husband. This intimate revelation quickly propels Cruise on his very own own erotic odyssey. And so, as in life, as in art, the same question marks which hang over Dr Hartman and his Wife's marriage in fiction hang over Cruise and Kidman's relationship in reality.

Kubrick has created his very own New York for this film where his characters exist in a twilight world of twinkling christmas lights which adorn both Zielger's Christmas Party and Dr Hartford's lonely office and finally his home where ultimately we are reminded of the fragility of the family ideal at christmas, a time of both light and darkness.

But where in his pantheon will this film be placed amongst Kubrick's numerous masterpieces ? Time can only tell, but for the meantime the Master's left us with this curious adult fairy tale which will linger in our minds long after we close our eyes.
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