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The haunting effects of Stanley Kubricks Eyes Wide Shut can be identified as creating curiosity fear and anxiety in the viewer They can be understood as painting a mosaic of symbolism in the viewers eye and as depositing fragments of concepts inside his mind The films slow pace seems to open wide gaps between the joints of the storys framework causing the viewer to lose his secure sense of balance during the progression of the plot Eyes Wide Shut is not a tale of terror nor one of mystery or of love it is not a documentary about a married couple nor a psychological drama It pretends to be all of these and in so doing explores the filmic medium and secures the effects of its own elementsLike any film that is carefully constructed Eyes Wide Shut is the sum of its elements and of the ways by which these interact with each other The most significant elements of the film are 1 color particularly red blue and yellow 2 sound such as voices plus external and internal music 3 camera movement especially the track-forward track-backward and the revolving shot 4 the dissolve as the main transition technique between shots and 5 the recursive figures of the Female Nude Masks and Christmas Trees Some of these elements are recognizable from the earlier Kubrick films such as A Clockwork Orange and The Shining a fact which reveals the signature of Kubrick the auteurEyes Wide Shut can be divided into three parts each of which contains the elements mentioned above Part I introduces the main characters and their relationship towards each other Dr William Harford and his wife Alice attend a party where pianist Nick Nightingale Todd Field an old acquaintance of Bill and a pivotal character for the plot provides the music The Harfords friend and host Victor Ziegler Sydney Pollack introduces his wife to his guests and later solicits Bills medical attention to save the
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