Sunday, November 20, 2011

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

This is a solid movie. Dr. Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) and his wife, Alice (Nicole Kidman) are attending a fancy Christmas party where a Hungarian man flirts with her and two young models chat with the doctor. When they get home, Alice asks her husband if he ever fantasizes about other women and she confesses that once she almost had an affair with a military man. Bill is very surprised by this revelation and starts to question the stability of their marriage. The next night he meets an old friend at a bar and gets invited to a costume party, which turns out to be some type of sexual cult. He keeps the experience a secret from his wife, but then admits the truth when she finds his mask.

The film is based on the 1926 novella Rhapsody: A Dream Novel written by Arthur Schnitzler. This was director Stanley Kubrick's last film; he passed away during a heart attack before the release date. It holds the Guinness World Record for longest continuous movie shoot, at 400 days. The password to the cult meeting is 'Fidelio', the Latin word for 'faithful.'

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