Eyes wide shut
One review panning the film disparaged it as an erotic thriller implying the genre was inherently disreputable, although positive reviews such as the one in High-Def Digest also called it an erotic thriller. Writing in general about the genre of ‘erotic thriller’ for CineAction in 2001, Douglas Keesey states that the film “whatever its actual type … [was] at least marketed as an erotic thriller”.
Stanley Kubrick creates coherence in his films in subtle ways. The number on the protagonist’s number-plate is 9987. This number refers to the year of production of his penultimate film, Full Metal Jacket (1987), and simultaneously to the film, Eyes Wide Shut (1999).
By way of it can be said that the entire world of symbols and motifs such as the coach and the Dane’s yellow handbag in Schnitzler, is implemented in Kubrick in a filmic form. The mysterious, dreamlike dimension is expressed in Kubrick through lighting, colouring, slow or fast or continuous camera movement, including pan shots, and the resolution of the images (coarse-grained or super-clear takes). Read More.