Director: Stanley Kubrick
Runtime: 159 minutes
TV Rating: TVMA
Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 drama film based upon Arthur Schnitzler’s 1926 novella Traumnovelle. The film was directed, produced and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. It was his last film. The story, set in and around New York City, follows the sexually charged adventures of Dr. Bill Harford, who is shocked when his wife, Alice, reveals that she had contemplated an affair a year earlier. He embarks on a night-long adventure, during which he infiltrates a massive masked orgy of an underground cult.
The film appeared on July 16, 1999, a few months after Kubrick’s death, to generally positive critical reaction. Its strong sexual content also made it controversial. To ensure a theatrical R rating in the United States and Canada, its distributor Warner Bros. digitally altered several scenes during post-production. The uncut version has since been released on DVD. In early versions, the soundtrack featured during the masked orgy is part of a Romanian Orthodox Divine Liturgy recorded in a church in Baia Mare, played backwards. This was altered or removed in subsequent releases. The film also holds the Guinness World Record for the longest constant movie shoot, at 400 days.