Table of Contents for Analysis of Eyes Wide Shut


Are you one of the league who find Kubrick's cinema fascinating and wonderful but are also confused by seeming peculiarities? Are you certain those often under-the-radar-over-the-head weirdnesses must mean something? Or maybe you're just curious? Here's my request. That you, please, think in terms of art with intention, which isn't conspiracy and has nothing to do with conspiracy theories. Would you think of music composed of unspoken themes as being conspiracy? What's difficult is teasing out the artist's conscious intention as versus accidental as versus the viewer's role as an active pilgrim walking the road that art provides to accessing the unconscious and mythic archetypes. As an author and artist, I know what it is to hope for at least a few such pilgrims, confident they are the minority, that most think in terms of being only entertained, and to attempt to compose for both. Even with those who are just wanting a good story, or who want to dissect a film for practical good-cinema purposes, the majority would likely admit that it is the inherent mystery in Kubrick's films that functions as their primary gravity. It is that sense of something deeper, a subterranean coherence that provides the glue, that compels individuals to return and perhaps begin to move, without their even realizing it, from a passive state into a more active, participatory role where art becomes a transformative experience rather than just visual popcorn.

Note on method of analysis and a kind of disclaimer:

For the real film buff, I've gone through and listed shots, images from each, and length of time of shots. Because I raised myself on the old Evergreen Black Cat cinema books which took pains to do the same and loved studying them. And because that is the only way to really begin to do a good, involved analysis of Kubrick's films, which are very complex internally and in their relationships as an oeuvre.

Kubrick's films elicit a lot of whys and wherefores,"What does this mean?", because he included so many seeming puzzles inviting review, mysteries that demanded second and third notice, editing quirks and both subtle and obvious shifts in staging. My analyses haven't much to do with the psychology, but look at Kubrick's choices of stories, music, places he filmed, staging, the differences between the literature and the script that made it onto celluloid and how he chose to edit it all together, carrying themes from film to film, and based on these elements I dip into a variety of possible influences. But, of course, I do not know for certain about any of my insights, and I could very well be in error from beginning to end. So, please keep in mind I make no claim on knowing anything but that art should never be dissected like this and I apologize to Stanley for being a cinema heathen, well, except for the fact that I believe Stanley constructed his films for spelunking, forfollowing the clues in the maze, so no apologies really are necessary.

My suggestion, if you're really interested in studying the films, is to start with my analysis of 2001. You will be glad for it as an introduction.

Link to the main Kubrick page for all the analyses.

An In-depth Shot-by-shot Analysis of Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut - The Sections

I used to have all these posts on my blog, but converted them to html as Wordpress couldn't really handle the load.

Part One: Subheadings: The First Waltz Two - The First Echelon - Differences Between the First Dressing Room Scene and the Second - Foreshadowing the Black Cloaks - The Mirrors - The Different Views Out the Dressing Room Window - Shanah as Expressed in the Scene - The Dance Before the Dance; The Ziegler's Party - View of a Hidden 237 - The Story of Helen of Troy - Cupid and Psyche - Ziegler, Sharky's and Rainbow Costume Rental - The Festival of Lights and the Christmas Season - Alice's Failed Art Gallery, Temperance and Gemini, and Sandor's Offer of Help - The Invitation to the End of the Rainbow, Sagittarius, QShTh and Fidelio - A Possible for CRM-114 - An Initiation - The Switch from the Twisted Lamp Column and Red Phone to the Drug Paraphernalia and a Different Lamp, and Rahab and ShNI - An Understanding - The Paintings Switch (1-57, about 20:26)

Part Two Subheadings: What's Beneath the Wrapping, Reading Between the Lines, A Day in the Life of Bill at His Office and Alice with Helena - On Troubadours, The Language of Love, and the Secret in Alice's Bandaid Box; The Naval Officer - The Peculiar Nature of Alice's Argument with Bill - The Futility of Attempting to Psychoanalyze a Movie Character - The Laughter of Alice; Marion Nathanson - Nephilim and the Gibborim, the Heros of Old - The Disappearing Sculpture - Dr. Carl Thomas As a Double of Bill (58-163, about 45:27)

Part Three Subheadings: Bill's First Pass Down the Hidden Rainbow Street - The Mexican Restaurant - Nipped in the Bud - Flying Burrito - The Pink Pussycat; Bill's Second Pass Down the Hidden Rainbow Street - Sevens - The Yale Bullies Accost Bill, Replaying Earlier Symbols and Events - Mourning Becomes Electra? The Lost Pleiade; Bill's Third Pass through the Neighborhood - Domino - The Lotto Store and Domino's Apartment - Blume in Love and Alice's Interruption of Bill's Escapade; Eyes Wide Shut and DePalma's Hi, Mom - Comparison of Hi, Mom with 2001 - The Two Apartments - Comparison of the Theater of Be Black, Baby with Bill's Ordeal at Somerton (164-194, about 54:47)

Part Four Subheadings: Bill's Fourth Pass Through the Neighborhood - The Sonata Jazz Cafe - Comparison with the Happenings at the Sonata with the Duke of York in A Clockwork Orange - The Marquee and Possible References to Gayle and Nuala - Night Train - All Exits are Final - Fidelio - St. Nick, Nike or Old Nick? - Shining Eyes; Bill's Fifth Pass Through the Neighborhood - Rainbow Fashions as Victor's Second Floor Gallery of Bronze Renaissance Statues - "Looks Like Live" Mannequins (Detailing Their Movements) - The Two Versions of the Dressing Room Closet at the Harford Apartment as Expressed in the Rainbow Office Where is Also the Harford's Rug - The Myth of the Rainbow, Flood, the Nephilim and the Mighty Men of Old (195-259, about 1:08:39)

What Happened at the Masked Ball of the 1969 Traumnovelle vs. Eyes Wide Shut

Traumnovelle, Eyes Wide Shut and the Vehmic Judges

The Sonata Cafe, Madame Jojo's, Number 10, the Rainbow and Downing Street

Part Five Subheadings: Somerton - The 7M96 Cab - The Doorkeepers - Someton as the Fabled Classical Labyrinths of Troy and Jericho - Exterior and Interior Locations - The Dressing Room Mirrors, the Screen, and the Donning of the Mask - Masks as Submerging Ego so the Deity Represented May Manifest - The Mask and Carnival - The Dionysian Aspect - Fish - The Association of the Labyrinth's Ariadne with Dionysus - Bill Literally Enters the Spotlight - The Bauta Figure - Movement of Participants Echoing the Mannequins in their Continually Being out of their Designated Order - Relationship of the Library to the Private Rainbow Office and Dressing Room - Switching - Abigail - Another Look at Sandor, the Hungarian - Ricercar - Freedom; Alice's Dream - Another Change of Location of Paintings - Differences Between Alice's Dream in the Screenplay and the Film - An Examination of Alice's Dream in the Screenplay and how it Relates to the Film - The Shekinah and the Desire to Unity - On the Garden of Eden, Noah, Dionysus and the Naval Officer - Carnival and the Flood - The State of Affairs as Bill Begins the Next phase of His Journey (260-360 and 361-378, about 1:38:32)

Part Six Subeadings: The Second Visit to Sonata Jazz Leads to Gillespie's Cafe - University Place, Ones and Unity - Auto Repair and the Cab - The Mysterious Package - The Doubled Top Hat - The Doubled Guitar - 7 and Netzach, Victory - Visit to Gillespie's - To be Perfectly Honest (Not); The Hotel Jaso(n) which will Later be the Verona Restaurant at 237 - 110 University Place - The Envelope - The Missing "N" and 5 0 - The Story of Nick's Check Out - To be Perfectly Honest (Back at you, Bill); The Second Visit to the Rainbow Costume Shop - The 7M96 Cab and its Dent - Bowman - Ace and 111 - The Mysterious Package - The Missing Mask - Milich's Daughter as One Who is Costumed; The Second Visit to Somerton - Aleph - The Musica Ricercata, BQR, and Unity - The Two Gates and the Twisted and the Nontwisted Gate Pulls (379-435, about 1:51:57)

Part Seven Subheadings: Math with Carlos - The Watch Dog - Joe's Problem - Revisiting Marion Nathanson; The Return to Domino's - The Voice Beyond the Block - The Return of the Mysterious Package - Choosing Between the Two Doors - The Battered Christmas Tree - The Rainbow - To Be Perfectly Honest; Bill Followed - Nicon House on Worship Street Just Down from Tabernacle Street - Diamond House - Vitali - Abandoned by Cab 7M96 - The Encounter - Verona Restaurant at 237 and its Relationship to Nike and Ariadne - The Bow in Sharky's/The Rainbow - Lucky to be Alive - The OD of Amanda Curran, Lover of Fashion Designer Leon Vitali; The Morgue - 236 - The #10 Locker (436-497, about 2:10:24)

Part Eight Subheadings: Return to Ziegler's Mansion - The Billiards/Pool Room and its Relationship to the Lou Nathanson Household - The Problem of Victor's Story of the Locked Apartment; The Mask on the Pillow and How it Comes to be There in the Spatial/Psychic Logic of the Film - Bill and Alice's Apartment and the Shifting Position of the Bedroom( 498-566, about 2:27:40)

Part Nine Helena Expects to go Christmas Shopping; The Magic Circle; Eyes Wide Shut as a Process of Awakening Through the Initiatory, Inward Journey Aspects of the Maze; The Oracle; Helena's Exit (567-586)

Supplemental Posts

Discreet Connections Between the Nathanson Apartment and the Billiard Room Scene (and a Question of Filming Location)

The Impossible Relationship of the Harford Bedroom to the Apartment, and Why it Matters

The Film's Internal Logic for the Discovery of the Mask on the Pillow

The Relationship of The Yellow VW in "The Shining" to the "Traumnovelle" Novel. How the yellow VW is able to comically hold so much relates to a yellow bag Albertine dreams about and the credenza in which Bill hides the Rainbow Fashions bag.

On a Portrait in Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut That Appears Also in A Yank in Ermine

Possible Influence of the 1969 "Traumnovelle film on The Shining

What Happened at the Masked Ball of the 1969 Traumnovelle vs. Eyes Wide Shut

Traumnovelle, Eyes Wide Shut and the Vehmic Judges

The Sonata Cafe, Madame Jojo's, Number 10, the Rainbow and Downing Street

Stanley Kubrick, Anamnesis, and His Use of Railroad Imagery

The Relationship Between Bill's Tearing the Hundred Dollar Bill in Half to the Torn News Article of the Beauty Queen

Nietzsche, The Shining, and The White Man's Burden, in which I discuss also the role of women in other films of Kubrick's.

Location Posts

Locations. All the below posts are on my blog and show locations in the present as compared with the film. I don't think anyone ever looks at these and they were lots of fun to research and do.

San Remo - Revisiting "Eyes Wide Shut"

Victor's Mansion - Revisiting "Eyes Wide Shut"

Lutton Hoo (Real Site of Victor's Party) - Revisiting "Eyes Wide Shut" - Google Maps Redux

The Flatiron Building - Revisiting "Eyes Wide Shut" - Google Maps Redux

3rd and Sullivan - Revisiting "Eyes Wide Shut"

The Pink Pussycat - Revisiting "Eyes Wide Shut"

The Back Fence - Revisiting "Eyes Wide Shut"

Possible Inspiration for the Facade of Domino's Building and Next Door the Rainbow - Revisiting "Eyes Wide Shut" - Google Maps Redux

The Sonata Cafe, Madame Jojo's, Number 10, the Rainbow and Downing Street

Possible Inspiration for the Rainbow - Revisiting "Eyes Wide Shut" - Google Maps Redux

The Road to Jericho and Oyster Bay - Revisiting "Eyes Wide Shut"

Mentmore, Elveden and Highclere Gates - Revisiting "Eyes Wide Shut" - Google Maps Redux

University Place and Beyond - Revisiting "Eyes Wide Shut" - Google Maps Redux

Possible Inspiration for the Jason Hotel - Revisiting "Eyes Wide Shut" - Google Maps Redux

Leaving Domino's the Second Time - Revisiting "Eyes Wide Shut" - Google Maps Redux

Followed by the Bald Man - Revisiting "Eyes Wide Shut" - Google Maps Redux

Link to the main Kubrick page for all the analyses