Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut

tom cruise is one of the greatest paranoid actors of all time. the way he's never quite there but also always *too there* makes us question what he sees, even sydney pollack confirms to the viewer that the events of eyes wide shut probably do happen, even if not in the way that cruise imagined. cruise's collaborations with spielberg are full of a similar paranoia, but kubrick channels cruise's unfocused gaze into the vengeful fantasy of a man who thinks his wife's body and the entirety of new york belong only to him. sexual tension seeps into every conversation, which makes them more unsettling than thrilling. it's a wet dream gone horribly wrong, where the stakes are less sexual conquest and more the salvation of souls.

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