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Trailers From Hell Opens 'Eyes Wide Shut'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood June 20, 2014 at 12:43PM

Today on Trailers From Hell, Dan Ireland assesses Stanley Kubrick's final masterpiece, "Eyes Wide Shut," starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
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'Eyes Wide Shut'
'Eyes Wide Shut'

Today on Trailers From Hell, Dan Ireland assesses Stanley Kubrick's final masterpiece, "Eyes Wide Shut," starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

This dream-like treatise on sexual politics was Stanley Kubrick's final film (he died just days after previewing his final cut).  Perplexed audiences are still arguing about this one, but it nonetheless exerts the usual hypnotic Kubrickian aura. The elaborate production features a not-quite-real recreation of Greenwich Village at Pinewood's UK studios, further intensifying the distancing factor. Tom Cruise and the dazzling Nicole Kidman, whose real-life marriage was on the brink of crumbling, play a high-toned couple whose marriage is on the brink of crumbling.  For US release the studio trimmed and digitally obscured some of the movie's ceremonial orgy scenes once Kubrick was unavailable to object. 

This article is related to: Video, Trailers from Hell, Stanley Kubrick


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.