Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film

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Oxford University Press, Jun 5, 2019 - Performing Arts - 248 pages
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Twenty years since its release, Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut remains a complex, visually arresting film about domesticity, sexual disturbance, and dreams. It was on the director's mind for some 50 years before he finally put it into production. Using the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University of the Arts, London, and interviews with participants in the production, the authors create an archeology of the film that traces the progress of the film from its origins to its completion, reception, and afterlife. The book is also an appreciation of this enigmatic work and its equally enigmatic creator.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Its Probably Going to Be the Hardest Film to Make Stanley Kubrick Arthur Schnitzler and the Long Gestation of Eyes Wide Shut
13
The Jewish Tailor Writing the Screenplay of Eyes Wide Shut
41
The Knishery Preproduction
63
They Absolutely Took Their Skin Off The Production of Eyes Wide Shut
85
Mayhem Postproduction
113
A Genuine Work of Honest Art The Reception and Afterlife of Eyes Wide Shut
133
NonSubmersible Units An Analysis of Key Scenes in Eyes Wide Shut
151
Eyes Wide Shut Kubricks Films and the History of Cinema
185
Notes
195
Filmography
215
Select Bibliography
221
Index
225
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Robert P. Kolker, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland, taught cinema studies for almost 50 years. He is author of A Cinema of Loneliness, The Extraordinary Image: Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and the Reimagining of Cinema, and editor of 2001: A Space Odyssey: New Essays and The Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies.

Nathan Abrams is Professor in Film at Bangor University in Wales. He is founding co-editor of Jewish Film and New Media: An International Journal, as well as the author of The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema and Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual.

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