Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut at 15: here are the two essential documentaries, The Last Movie: Stanley Kubrick & Eyes Wide Shut (1999), and Eyes Wide Shut Masks (2014). There’s also Jonathan Ross’ TV special Film ‘99: Eyes Wide Shut (1999). The DVD/Blu-ray of the film is available at Amazon and other online retailers.
Produced by the British television network Channel 4, The Last Movie: Stanley Kubrick & Eyes Wide Shut (1999) takes a look at the life and work of acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, with special emphasis on the production of what proved to be his final film. Family, friends, and collaborators of the great director offer a glimpse into his working methods and personality, among them actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, fellow directors Steven Spielberg and Sydney Pollack, studio executive Terry Semel, Kubrick’s wife Christiane, and his daughters Anya and Katharina. Here, Kubrick is portrayed as an eccentric but stable man whose reclusive nature allowed him to go out in public when he chose without being recognized, who had a close and loving relationship with his family, and who could be difficult and challenging to work with. Another of Kubrick’s daughters, Vivian Kubrick, who made a documentary on the production of her father’s film The Shining (one of the few relatively close looks at Kubrick at work), did not participate in this film. —Mark Deming, Rovi
Forma Cinema’s Massimiliano Studer and Filippo Biagianti made an excellent documentary about the creators of the main venetian masks of Eyes Wide Shut. You can watch the documentary with English subtitles: all the material (introduction and subtitles) is in English language. This little gem was recently broadcasted by RAI.
What follows is an account of events that occurred for the realization of our documentary. This summary is also the result of telephone conversations, numerous exchanges of emails, and video and audio recordings with the protagonists of an incredible adventure that I hope to arouse curiosity in scholars and fans of Stanley Kubrick. This research project was born almost by accident and by a simple question: how come no one has ever tracked down the craftsmen who created the masks of the main movie ‘Eyes Wide Shut’? I was in Venice in August 2012, and I was determined to find a store that years before, I had discovered randomly. This shop had a sign in the window that contained this sentence: “Supplier of the masks of Stanley Kubrick’s film Eyes Wide Shut starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.” Searching the internet, I found the address of a shop located near the Rialto, and more precisely in Campo de la Guerra. It was “Il Canovaccio.” It was not the store that I saw many years ago, but in light of what has happened since, it was good that it was not so. —Massimiliano Studer
On the occasion of the LACMA retrospective, two of Kubrick’s friends and collaborators reminisced about the master director’s approaches, rituals, and concerns. Tom Cruise, who starred in Eyes Wide Shut, and former Warner Bros. head Terry Semel, who oversaw the production of many of Kubrick’s films, got together for a phone conversation that Annette Insdorf moderated in late August to discuss Kubrick’s brilliantly cinematic storytelling. —Stanley Kubrick By Terry Semel, Tom Cruise
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