Dream Walking: Eyes Wide Shut


Fabian Broeker


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Eyes Wide Shut plays as a psychosexual New York dreamscape, with its characters constantly moving, Tom Cruise “dream-walking” his way to an uncertain destination. Characters retrace their steps, mirror each other and wander aimlessly through imposing, hollow interiors, decorated with bright pinpricks of light.

This is Kubrick’s nightmare odyssey, only coming to a standstill as Nicole Kidman utters that one final word, replacing movement with darkness, and ending Dr Harford’s quest for desire.

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Music: Schubert – Symphony n.8 D.759 ‘Unfinished’ in B minor – 1 Allegro moderato.