10 EYE FILMS #6 - EYES WIDE SHUT

Sight is the sense prized most of all by movie-makers, and the inclusion of the word “eye” in a film title is not without significance, often alluding to subtleness, double-crossing or recursion. It is as if the producers wanted us to watch the movie twice, rather than letting us sit back and indulge in a lengthy tale. In an era when we are all under the surveillance of the electronic eyes of cameras phones, the question of eyes and what they see has never been more relevant.

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Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, US, 1999) was Kubrick’s final film. It's a tale of sex, desire and fantasy in the life of a glamorous young couple. The eyes are the vehicle through which this alchemy of elements comes together in a confusion of real and imaginary: images versus experience, cinema superimposed on reality.