Dear Mr. Rosenbaum (or whomever this may concern):

It seems that Eyes Wide Shut is the first masterpiece of my time (or at least, released in theatres on more than five screens nationwide). I read the review of Eyes Wide Shut on the Chicago Reader Web site many times, and I can’t manage to say what a relief it is to see that I actually agree with someone in every aspect of a film.

Eyes Wide Shut is my first experience at seeing a Kubrick film critiqued, and I must say, this was one surprise I’d like to forget. For most of the critics who gave the film astounding reviews, they conspicuously forgot to remember the film come time to make a top ten list for the year (for the “public’s” interest, I fear) and for those who panned the film, they took it as a film about a sexual odyssey, not a film about the relationship of a marriage or even a dream. I keep asking myself, “Did we see the same film?” Sadly, yes. As for the public, I fear that now that the film is on video and DVD most won’t make it halfway through.

I saw this film three times when released in theatres (I would have seen it many more times, but of course it was pulled before I had this chance), and on video, four times since the seventh of March. I can’t begin to explain what I’ve gotten out of it, but I will say I agree on many levels about your review. I noticed something else you may be interested in when watching the film with subtitles: during the costume scene, Leelee Sobieski’s character whispers into the ear of Tom Cruise, “You should get a cloak lined with ermine.” The first meaning of ermine states “weasel fur during the winter which whitens,” and a second meaning means “a rank or office whose ceremonial or official robe is ornamented with ermine.” That enhances the whole dream effect as well, since the whole “orgy” sequence was essentially ceremonial.

I hope that the Chicago Reader will continue to hit the nail on the head as it did with Dead Man, Irma Vep, Taste of Cherry, Besieged, In the Company of Men, M, and many more. Mr. Rosenbaum’s critiques are fair and knowledgeable, and after his review of Eyes Wide Shut, I visit the site daily.


Michael Lieberman