Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Sex, masks, Christmas. Stanley Kubrick's last film was an adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Dream Story. Yes, it's true that the story was moved from Vienna of a century ago to New York at the dawn of the 21st century. But it remains just as provocative. Eyes Wide Shut is virtually impossible to categorise: an erotic thriller, a psychological drama, a mystical tale or a journey into the dark depths of the human soul? It is also possible, just like Kubrick's other works, that as spectators we are merely the subjects of a disturbing experiment, as we come face-to-face with our own secrets in the darkness of the cinema hall.
This year, Bridging Europe is looking to connect United Kingdom to Hungarian culture. One special element of all the films featured in this series is that they each have a link to Hungary. In the rich musical score of Eyes Wide Shut, you will hear excerpts from the works of Hungarian composers Franz Liszt and György Ligeti. There is also Schnitzler, the author of the original novella, whose ancestors included carpenters from the Hungarian city of Nagykanizsa, while the film itself features a Hungarian character.
In English, with Hungarian subtitles.
The discussions before and after the screenings are conducted in Hungarian.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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