Monday, July 21, 2014


On July 18, 2014, the Huffington Post published a top-linked article by Mathew Jacobs in their Entertainment section, called 13 Facts You May Not Know About Eyes Wide Shut. Meanwhile, one whole day later over at FlavorWire, someone named Alison Nastasi published an article called Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut: 25 Things You Didn't Know. Needless to say, there's quite a bit of overlap between the two articles, and not much there will be new to most of my fellow Kubrick obsessives. I did, however, learn a few new things from both.

For instance, from the Jacobs piece, there's this intriguing revelation from director Paul Thomas Anderson, who is himself frequently cited as a potential Kubrick heir apparent...
Kubrick allowed only a skeleton crew to remain on the set throughout filming... Cruise was in talks for the lead role in Anderson's "Magnolia" and had to sneak him past security. ''I asked [Kubrick], 'Do you always work with so few people?' Anderson recalled. "He gave me this look and said, 'Why? How many people do you need?' I felt like such a Hollywood asshole.''
And from the Nastasi piece, there are these tidbits...
The Star of Venus can be seen throughout the film. It’s sometimes known as the [8-pointed] Star of Ishtar — the Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex. 
And, perhaps most intriguingly, there is this...
Filmmaker Filippo Biagianti created a documentary about the Venetian Carnival masks used in the film, which features an interview with the artist, Franco Cecamore.
 I had no idea of this documentary's existence, and was chuffed to learn that it could be seen, online, for free, at Vimeo. Or, you could watch it here, below, if you are so inclined. Enjoy. I know I did!

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