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Kubrick’s empty enigma

Eyes Wide Shut is as erotic as a crap in an igloo

By Linda Holt   October 1999

Eyes wide shut is Kubrick’s swansong in more ways than one. The big teaser’s biggest tease is also his ultimate con-trick. By now, porn-seekers will know they’re in for a disappointment. Despite its peepshow trailers, the film is as erotic as a crap in an igloo. Tom Cruise as Dr Bill Harford never gets beyond a grope with his wife, and a few schmoozes with other women. Non-consummation is the joke which opens and closes the film: it begins with a black dress slithering down the back of Nicole Kidman (Alice Harford) and ends, abruptly, when she spells out to…

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