Last month marked the 10-year anniversary of the release of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Eyes Wide Shut,’ a psychosexual thriller starring Tom Cruise, based on the short story “Traumnovelle” (Dream Story) by Arthur Schnitzler. Cruise plays Dr. William Harford, a married man who becomes involved in a web of sexual intrigue, jealousy and danger.
The film, despite taking place in Manhattan, was actually shot mostly on closed sets in London. Kubrick, known for his perfectionism, filmed the shot of Cruise coming into the apartment of prostitute Domino (played by Vinessa Shaw) a record 69 times! “We beat out ‘Full Metal Jacket’ at that point,” said Shaw in an interview with movieline.com. “Or at least that’s what I remember [executive producter] Jan Harlan telling me.”
Sadly, four days after screening the final cut of the movie, Kubrick died of a heart attack. Ten years later, the film remains a testament to the director’s stunning visual style and the last film from a cinematic genius whose work continues to influence generations of filmmakers.
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Tom was also the star of a movie for another ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ actor, Sydney Pollack. He directed The Firm, a legal thriller based on the novel by John Grisham.