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In Eyes Wide Shut Stanley Kubrick explores a world of emptiness He reveals a society of masks with open eyes that never actually see anything He uses the relationship between Bill and Alice Harford an ordinary although wealthy couple to show the difference between reality and fantasy Red is a prominent theme throughout the movie as it represents passion and evil He also uses mirrors to give an actual unbiased reflection of the characters As in many other movies Kubrick names the main characters with a purpose Bill and Alice are such everyday names for everyday people By naming them with such ordinary names he is comparing them to the viewer He follows up on this idea when Bill goes to Somerton and he zooms in on the security camera on the building Instead of the security camera watching Bill its as if its watching the camera or the audience Kubrick strategically places the color red in places where Bill is giving in to something that will lead to his demise The door to Dominoes apartment the Sonata Caf and the costume shop are all covered in red Each place is like a warning for Bill to turn back but he continued on At Sonata Caf Kubrick places a more obvious warning All along the walls are signs that state All exits are final Once Bill decides to explore the other side he will lose the wholeness of his reality forever The masks at Nathansons house Dominoes apartment and at the orgy in Somerton represent a loss of reality With the mask on the characters can do anything they desire because they are hidden and separated from reality They lose their identity and become nameless empty individuals In Dominoes apartment Bill wears a mask as he stops being the loving husband and tries to re-establish his masculinity by having emotionless sex At Somerton the masks allow the people shed all morality and give
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