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Eyes Wide Shut (BFI Modern Classics / BFI Film Classics)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Michel Chion's study of this film makes the case that it is one of Kubrick's masterpieces and a fitting testament. To appreciate this, though it is necessary to look at what happens on the screen without bringing preconceptions to bear.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published February 27th 2008 by British Film Institute (first published October 7th 2002)
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Pedro
Chion always finds novel and interesting ways in which he can approach a film (read also his superb analysis of Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line) that strike you as logical and simple, but that somehow it managed to elude every other critic. If you have any doubts about Eyes Wide Shut’s qualities, better read this.
David
If you love the film as much as I do, this is a great purchase. Just don't expect a singular thesis on the themes of the film; instead Chion offers a bunch of mostly unrelated quirky insights.
George
This book is a wonderful analysis of Kubrick's last film. Like virtually every other of Kubrick's movies, critics and movie-goers alike were puzzled and disappointed by it. I say now: Eyes Wide Shut ranks w/ 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove as one of Kubrick's greatest films. But they were all great, though few in number.

Wait a while. Chion's detailed and loving analysis is done with his eyes wide...open.
Phillip
Another excellent entry in the British Film Institute's collection of essays on contemporary cinema. This book rightly defends Kubricks last feature from the general consensus that the film lacked immediacy and was overly dream-like. Chion's essay brings out details often overlooked in this unfair assessment of Kubrick's final masterpiece.
Ryan Splenda
A very nice criticism of the movie that draws interesting comparisons to other Kubrick movies in terms of the director's use of lighting, music, blocking, shots, cuts, etc. However, I was looking for a deeper analysis of the orgy, dream-like sequence that dominates the movie.
David
Jan 20, 2008 David rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Good for a few things like background information and some worthwhile analysis, but I don't subscribe to much of Chion's interpretation. It's bold and ambitious, but hard to swallow.
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