Ok, so I recently uploaded my old “Blogger.com” archive to davidsdawson.com. In it I found this piece I wrote in 2004 on “Eyes Wide Shut,” or more accurately on Stanley Kubrick.
Have a look and let me know in the comments below what you think of “Eyes Wide Shut” or any of Kubrick’s other amazing films!
“A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.”
That quote was uttered by one of my favorite directors. And in it, you can hear and personally begin to visualize every film he ever made. It’s amazing how gifted a director he was, and it’s amazing to see him sum up his own directing style in so tiny a description. He was often criticized for becoming too technical in his work, that his later films lacked a soul. I disagree. His latter films didn’t lack soul, it was there in every frame of the films. The soul of a Kubrick film wasn’t in the characters or events of the piece, but it was rather the piece itself.
It was there in every minute detail he spent hours getting perfect. It was there in the radical attention devoted to color and depth in every single image in the scenes. Kubrick’s latter films didn’t lack soul, if anything they screamed of it. His very essence was imprinted into everything he did in “Eyes Wide Shut“.
That movie, is more like a concert piece, conducted by the composer himself. If you watch the movie and pay attention to the rythm of it, the poetic fluidity of it, you will find Stanley Kubrick.
No one in recent history has managed to so thoroughly imprint themselves into their films the way he did. And whether you like the films or not, you can’t deny the power of an artist to express himself through his art. Which is what Stanley Kubrick ultimately did. He expressed himself, in his art.