The film series Eyes Wide, is a feature of films from Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999), with thirteen spanning over forty-six years, and each equipped with an ever-curious pessimistic and meticulous mind. From his first films in the 1950s (such as Fear and Desire and Paths of Glory) to the posthumous Eyes Wide Shut, the film series will be somewhat of a testament of how Kubrick would test the boundaries and versatility in the world of film.
The month of September goes into Kubrick’s film from the 1950s and 1960s, beginning on September 4th with a double bill of 1953’s Fear and Desire and 1955’s Killer Kiss. This is followed on September 6th by what is considered to be Kubrick’s first masterpiece, 1957 Paths of Glory (starring Kirk Douglas), and then the 1956 thriller The Killing. Moving into the 1960s, September 13th brings another Kirk Douglas starred film; 1960’s Spartacus, followed by 1962’s notorious Lolita.
In the month of October, the film series continue with the 1960s, first with 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick’s second masterpiece) on October 3rd, and then 1964’s Dr. Stangelove on October 4th. Then it’s off to the 1970s, beginning with what is considered to be Kubrick’s signature (or one of many); 1971’s A Clockwork Orange on October 11th, followed by 1975’s Barry Lyndon on October 18th. Finally, it’s to the 1980’s and 1990’s, beginning on October 24th with the 1980 Jack Nicholson-starred The Shining (yes, the one with the famous line “Here’s Johnny”). October 24th brings the maddening Full Metal Jacket (1987), and then on Halloween, the film series concludes with Kubirick’s last film, 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut (starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman).
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