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Eyes Wide ShutStanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film$
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Robert P. Kolker and Nathan Abrams

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190678029

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190678029.001.0001

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“It’s Probably Going to Be the Hardest Film to Make”

“It’s Probably Going to Be the Hardest Film to Make”

Stanley Kubrick, Arthur Schnitzler, and the Long Gestation of Eyes Wide Shut

(p.13) 1 “It’s Probably Going to Be the Hardest Film to Make”
Eyes Wide Shut

Robert P. Kolker

Nathan Abrams

Oxford University Press

Stanley Kubrick wanted to film Arthur Schnitzler’s Traumnovelle since the early 1950s. His interest lay in Schnitzler’s fascination with sexuality and domesticity. The intersection of Schnitzler’s writings with those of Sigmund Freud was of particular interest. Kubrick’s favorite director, Max Ophüls, had adapted some of Schnitzler’s plays, and this also attracted the author to Kubrick. Even though he kept putting off the making of the film, its ideas percolated into those films he did make, from Fear and Desire through The Shining. During this long period of gestation, Kubrick entertained many ideas for writers and stars. At one point, he wanted to make it as a comedy. Only after the failure to get his Holocaust film or his science fiction film, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, made did he finally turn to directing Eyes Wide Shut.

Keywords:   Kubrick, Schnitzler, Freud, Ophüls, Vienna, Jules Feiffer, Terry Southern, La Ronde, Lolita, Nabokov, Laughter in the Dark, Kirk Douglas, Paths of Glory, Traumnovelle, Eyes Wide Shut, sexuality

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