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SYNOPSIS - Loosely drawing on the motifs of the Brother's Grimm fairytale The Twelve Dancing Princesses which is a tale of twelve princesses who attend a forbidden ball nightly until their actions are unmasked, Eyes Wide Shut explores the private arena of sexuality through the shifting veil of dreams and reality, following the journey of a man who becomes obsessed with his wife’s confessed sexual fantasy. After meeting with an old acquaintance he becomes fixated by a tale of wild bohemian parties of costume, passwords and sexual dalliances, and consequently strays into this surreal pseudo-sexual underworld of unfulfilled encounters. The final film by legendary Stanley Kubrick, featured the then-married Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Like Lolita and A Clockwork Orange before it, Eyes Wide Shut was censored in the United States and Canada, with the inclusion of digital figures strategically placed to mask much of the group sex scenes.
User Review from Holden-17 an IDMB movie reviewer:
"There is no denying that Stanley Kubrick is one of the greatest filmmakers to ever live. He may not have made many films, but every single one of them is a masterpiece. That is not something that can be said about many other directors. He is a true artist. And it is because of that word, "art", that his work is often misunderstood. Rather than create films which reveal everything that the audience needs to know through the dialogue or the action, Kubrick layers his films with meaning. He does this through all aspects of the film... the music, the images, the dialogue and expressions. By the end of the film, nothing is left clear, because he wants you to think about what you have seen, and come up with your own meaning for the film. The problem with this is that most people don't go to see films to think, they just want to see the next "Armageddon" or "Waterboy". So, if "Eyes Wide Shut" fails at the box-office, or is badly criticized by movie-goers, it has nothing to do with the film itself, but is more reflective of the movie-goers, and their inability to see further than what is presented to them on the screen. Life experience and a philosophical mind is also required to fully understand and enjoy this film. If you have ever thought of what role sex plays in your relationship, and what love and commitment really mean, you will understand this film. If you have ever considered what the difference between love and sex is, you will understand this film. If you have ever truly felt lust, you will understand this film. Be prepared to think."
MEETING TIME - 8:00pm (for 8:15pm session)
EVENT HOST - Jacqui (Mobile:[masked])
PARKING - Paid parking below GOMA is extremely expensive. On-street parking is generally available within a few blocks of GOMA, but plenty of time should be allowed for finding a parking spot and walking to GOMA.
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