Eyes Wide Shut, dir. Stanley Kubrick, USA 1999, 159 min., English
Unfulfilled desire and sexual jealousy are at the centre of Stanley Kubrick’s divisive final masterpiece, now screening to coincide with the 20th anniversary of its release.
When New York society doctor Bill Harford and his wife Alice attend a Christmas party hosted by a wealthy patient, they find themselves mutually seduced by romantic opportunities outside their seemingly idyllic marriage. The veneer of marital contentment soon fades as the couple are forced to acknowledge their private sexual desires which threaten to undermine their union.
The short film Never Just A Dream: Stanley Kubrick and Eyes Wide Shut (dir. Matt Wells, 9 min.) precedes each screening of Eyes Wide Shut.