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The Eyes wide shut film was described by reviewers and partially marketed as an erotic thriller.

It is classified as such in the book The Erotic Thriller in Contemporary Cinema by Linda Ruth Williams, and was described as such in two news articles about Cruise and Kidman’s lawsuit over assertions they saw a sex therapist during filming.

The marital drama Eyes wide shut from the turn of the century possesses a present-day relevance which, despite liberalization, the breaking down of taboos and changes in moral values, has not lost any of its intensity the yearning for intimacy in a satisfying relationship, but also its simultaneous endangering by our unconscious desires, feelings and fantasies. Arthur Schnitzler, who was a medical doctor by profession, was admired by Freud for his knowledgeable descriptions of psychic processes.
Kongenial sound: Morricone.

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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.

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Cinema, short for cinematography, is often used to refer to the industry of films and filmmaking or to the art of filmmaking itself. The contemporary definition of cinema is the art of simulating experiences to communicate ideas, stories, perceptions, feelings, beauty or atmosphere.


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