literature, cinema, fine arts

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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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.

Eyes Wide Shut is infinitely open to interpretation. Because in the film, secrets, repression, lies, dreams of desire and nightmares become increasingly and uniquely intertwined. You will encounter both carnival masks and the invisible disguises of the everyday. The segmentation of desire and emotion in sex is simultaneously juxtaposed with a deficiency of love, even if every single interior space is lit up by a Christmas tree. And while we're on the subject: just how fragile is the strategy of burying yourself in everything you are familiar with and have become accustomed to? How can entirely fabricated moments from our dreams enter into the reality of our everyday lives? Do not expect an action movie, in other words. This film goes far deeper. And it will linger with you long after the credits roll...
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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  • director
    Stanley Kubrick
  • host
    András Réz



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