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Eyes Wide Shut

Released 1999
Distributor Warner Bros.

This dream-like treatise on sexual politics was Stanley Kubrick’s final film (he died just days after previewing his final cut).  Perplexed audiences are still arguing about this one, but it nonetheless exerts the usual hypnotic Kubrickian aura. The elaborate production features a not-quite-real recreation of Greenwich Village at Pinewood’s UK studios, further intensifying the distancing factor. Tom Cruise and the dazzling Nicole Kidman, whose real-life marriage was on the brink of crumbling, play a high-toned couple whose marriage is on the brink of crumbling.  For US release the studio trimmed and digitally obscured some of the movie’s ceremonial orgy scenes once Kubrick was unavailable to object. 

About Dan Ireland

TFH Guru Dan Ireland passed away on April 14, 2016. Dan loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing.