She's mostly seen in the beginning, and she has brief but crucial scenes throughout, and a masterful one at the end. To try and cite influences for this particular work is futile. When they're filled with something: music, movement, thought, memory of a previous scene, dread, or any other emotion, they can never really be said to be empty. The thing a lot of folks haven't liked about Stanley Kubrick's films is the fact that he always seemed to think the audience needed some points driven home a little harder than others. Director : Stanley Kubrick Writers : Stanley Kubrick screenplay , Frederic Raphael screenplay , 1 more credit » Stars : Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field Story : A doctor becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter after his wife admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met and chastising him for dishonesty in not admitting to his own fantasies. Unlike most of Kubrick's earlier work, however, it does have an emotional subtext, which is used to devastating effect. Once is good to cleanse the palate, to clear out all the residual toxins left from other recent films.Next
Cruise, by the way, does an outstanding job, not as a trained, camera-conscious film actor, but as a mature, seasoned performer. This is the sort of film one sees more than once. See it again, perhaps a third time, and get to appreciate the graceful, nearly unblemished finale of a man who took the art of cinema seriously. After several less than successful encounters, he meets an old friend, Nick Nightingale - now a musician - who tells him of strange sex parties when he he required to play the piano blindfolded. . He could have put out a six-hour documentary on tissue manufacturing; at least I'll know that not one minute of screen time is wasted. Kidman is given less screen time, but it matters little.
Unlike Lyndon, he gains our sympathy -- that's key to keeping us from disowning his character and thus negating the entire film. It's also a furiously ingenious piece of filmmaking, one that works less on the emotions than on the senses and on the mind. Very little is left for debate; most everything is spelled out, pressed hard, and dwelled upon. I like them because, with Kubrick, I can be sure that they're absolutely essential to his ultimate vision. After his wife, Alice, tells him about her sexual fantasies, William Harford sets out for a night of sexual adventure. The lighting and photography is impeccable, also, as it is in every one of his films. Despite that, it's an apt final film for the long, glorious career of a man who has done more for the cinema, with less movies, than can ever be catalogued.Next
This sets him off into unfulfilled encounters with a dead patient's daughter and a hooker. However, he quickly learns he is in well over his head and finds he and his family are threatened. But when he visits a nightclub, where a pianist friend Nick Nightingale is playing, he learns about a secret sexual group and decides to attend one of their congregations. Personally, I like the long, slow scenes in his films. His critics have compared the long waits between his films to the long periods of waiting that occur while watching his films.Next
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