Eyes Wide Shut & Dream Story by Stanley Kubrick
NOTE: This is a review of the film, rather than of reading of the screenplay itself, and how it differs from Arthur Schnitzler’s novella, Dream Story, which I’ve reviewed in detail HERE.
It was Stanley Kubrick’s final film, in 1999, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, who were still married to each other at the time (though they divorced soon afterwards). See imdb for details here.
The plot closely follows that of Dream Story, but it is a world away in time, place, and atmosphere.
The film is set in contemporary NYC, shortly before Christmas (rather than early spring in 1910s Vienna): there is an abundance of colourful lights and lavishly decorated trees in every home, shop, bar, and workplace. On a taxi ride, even ordinary street lights look like chains of festive lights.
Bill is less sympathetic on screen than Fridolin is on the page, and there is friction between him and Alice even before she confesses her fantasy (at his request).
The film is remarkably unerotic, despite plenty of nudity and brief glimpses of group sex.
But the most profound difference is that the film lacks the hypnotic, dreamy, enchanted aura of the book. This is partly because all Bills adventures are unquestionably real, and hers unquestionably imagined. It lacks the subtle blurring of reality that is so distinctive in the book, though it indirectly acknowledges the possibility in the final scene, when they paraphrase several lines from the book. The realism of Bill’s exploits are partly because you see them on screen (without the visual or musical mist used for Alice’s), and also because there’s a new character, Ziegler, who connects many of the otherwise disjointed people and events.
There is sensual menace, though, at the secret society’s party, which is more of a mystical cult than I pictured from the book. Cold stone interiors, sinister masks, and a total lack of the festive gew-gaws that are ubiquitous in the rest of the film, collude to raise the pulse and seal the fear.
Guided Meditation for Lucid Dreaming (The Forest of Dreams)
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A twist where it is revealed previous events in the story were just part of a character's dream, hallucination or some other escape from reality, often put at the end to reveal the entirety of the story was some sort of dream. Sometimes, the character awakes after the dream, realises it was all "just a dream" often actually saying this to himself, which rarely happens in real life , sighs with relief, and then sees an artifact lying next to him that was in the dream. - Genre: Novel. Fridolin, a doctor, and his wife, Albertine, have been married for a few years and are the parents of a much adored little girl.
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