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[[caption-width-right:350:"Fidelio."]]

->'''Alice Harford:''' ''Millions of years of evolution, right? Right? Men have to stick it in every place they can, but for women... women it is just about security and commitment and whatever the fuck else!''
->'''Dr. Bill Harford:''' ''A little oversimplified, Alice, but yes, something like that.''
->'''Alice Harford:''' ''If you men only knew...''

Creator/StanleyKubrick's last film, completed just days before his death in 1999, ''Eyes Wide Shut'' follows Dr. Bill Harford (played by Creator/TomCruise) as he spends two noirish, [[MindScrew surreal nights]] on his [[QuestForSex sexually charged adventures]] wandering New York City when his wife Alice (played by Cruise's then wife Creator/NicoleKidman) reveals that she had contemplated an affair a year earlier.

The film being advertised in total secrecy, impressive seeing how the internet was starting to become a major player with script leaks of other movies being commonplace, and released in a summer that included ''[[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace]]'' and ''Film/TheSixthSense'', the film received a [[LoveItOrHateIt deeply polarized reaction]] from both critics and moviegoers as they went into what was packaged as "Sexy Times with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman" and walked out with a complex, esoteric and largely [[FanDisservice unsexy]] film that subverted all their expectations. Like all of Stanley Kubrick's other movies, it's slowly being VindicatedByHistory, yet still remains somewhat divisive. Still recommended for Kubrick aficionados and completionists.

[[IThoughtThatWas No relation to]] DiesWideOpen.
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!!Provides Examples Of:
* AdaptationExpansion: Most of the episodes in the original novella are adapted one to one, with some minor differences. Some larger changes exist though: In the film, the party is explicitly shown to be an orgy, whereas in the book this was just strongly hinted at. The scene with Bill and Victor towards the end is also an addition, as the "''Traumnovelle''" left the story fairly open.
* AdvertisedExtra: Nicole Kidman largely disappears from the film after the first half hour.
* AllJustADream[=/=]SchrodingersButterfly: ''Very'' subtle hints in the movie provide clues that this is so. After all, the movie ''is'' called Eyes Wide '''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Shut.]]'''
* BigFancyHouse: The lavish countryside mansion where the orgy is held. Shot at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mentmore_Towers#Film_location Mentore Towers]].
* BluffTheImpostor: Bill is found out when he doesn't know the "house password" for the mansion. [[spoiler:There never was a house password.]]
* BreakInThreat: Possibly. It's unclear if the bad guys left the main character's mask on his bed as a threat or if his wife simply found the mask herself.
* CaliforniaDoubling: London standing in for New York. The English countryside for Long Island.
* TheConspiracy: Bill thinks he's stumbled onto a terrible one, but the ending leaves it unclear.
* {{Cult}}: One possible interpretation of the ritualists.
* DisposableSexWorker: Heavily implied with Mandy, a hooker -according to Victor- who dies under mysterious circumstances, and halfway with Domino, who learns that she's HIV-positive and is never seen again right after Bill meets her.
* FanDisservice: The orgy scene is not exactly sexy. The unhealthy ritual and atmosphere around it give the whole scene a very uncomfortable feeling.
* GainaxEnding:
-->'''Alice''': "Fuck."
* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Traumnovelle'' by Arthur Schnitzler.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Bill and Nick after the orgy. [[spoiler: It's stated that Nick got the crap beaten out of him by the wealthy men whose orgy he helped Bill crash but no one can located him. Furthermore, the man who tells Bill this only does so as part of a hard sell to Bill to keep quiet about what he saw, with it heavily implied that bad things will happen to Bill [[ShameIfSomethingHappened if he doesn't forget what he saw.]]]]
* HeroicSacrifice: "I am ready to redeem him."
* TheIlluminati: Someone is behind the orgy.
* InVinoVeritas: Bill and Alice can only get a bit more honest with each other after smoking a joint. This is an interesting deviation from the original novella, where no psychoactive substances were needed for the game changing confessions.
* KubrickStare: Seeing how he's the main character in the last movie by [[Creator/StanleyKubrick the Trope Namer]] himself, Bill does the stare from time to time.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: A fair number of them are present at the "masked ball".
* MindScrew: The movie has both dream-like visuals and consequently operates in dream logic. See AllJustADream above.
* MsFanservice: Alice is lightly clothed or naked for most of the movie. At a first glance, the orgy is full of [[FanserviceExtra fanservice extras]].
* NeverTrustATrailer: They did a bad bad thing? Well, if they do, it's offscreen! This [[http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0096.html famous political analysis]] of the film says "a bunch of middle-school kids who'd snuck in to see it and slunk out three hours later feeling horny, frustrated, and ripped off." All the ''depicted'' sex is totally unsexy, if not censored.
* NiceGuy: Bill has issues and frustrations but is quite balanced for a Kubrick protagonist; he's smooth, bland, a good parent, [[NiceToTheWaiter treats working-class people with consideration]] and eventually comes clean to his wife.
* OminousLatinChanting: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THNzuF33tZo sinister chanting]] during the "mass", when Harford first enters the mansion, is in fact part of a Romanian Orthodox Divine Liturgy, played backwards as is usually done during black masses.
* PlagueDoctor: One of the cultists.
* PrecisionFStrike: The last line of the story has Alice telling Bill what [[YouNeedToGetLaid they need to do]] as soon as possible: "Fuck."
* QuestForSex: With his wife's fantasy of an affair haunting him, Bill Harford goes on a voyeuristic exploration to deal with his sexual frustration. Probably shouldn't have visited that mansion party though. And in the end, [[spoiler:he never gets it.]]
* RuleOfSymbolism: The ceremony at the beginning of the "masked ball" is inspired from a Satanic ritual using reversed Orthodox liturgy, naked women as sex slaves and Masonic-like rituals to initiate an orgy. Not to mention the use of passwords.
* SceneryCensor: see ExecutiveMeddling in the Trivia section. And apparently the early versions were [[{{Narm}} more badly done]], with Creator/RogerEbert even comparing them to ''Film/AustinPowers''.
* SecretCircleOfSecrets: The orgy club.
* SeriousBusiness: Alice didn't even cheat on him. She once fantasized about cheating on him. This revelation rocks Bill to his core and sends him off on his QuestForSex.
* SexySpectacles: Alice's penetrating gaze from behind her glasses underscores her sexiness when she's clothed.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: [[spoiler:Bill is encouraged to stop his "pointless investigation" on the secret society, or else.]]
* ShoutOut: The password is "Theatre/{{Fidelio}}", an opera from Ludwig Van. [[Film/AClockWorkOrange Little Alex]] would be grinning somewhere.
* SpottingTheThread: It's rather telling to arrive at a fancy party in the middle of nowhere in a taxi when everybody else arrives in a limousine.
* {{Streetwalker}}: Domino, who's awfully good looking for a streetwalker.
* TheUnreveal: Deconstructed: Victor says that [[spoiler: Mandy died of an overdose after being gang raped at the orgy and that Nick got the crap beaten out of him but is alive and well and that the super-wealthy people at the orgy didn't have them killed and we only have Victor's word on the subject, which is suspect since these answers come in the same breath that he's telling Bill to forget what he saw at the mansion. Because the people at the orgy are the super-rich and super-powerful and that Bill should be grateful that Victor's effectively giving him all the answers he needs to hear, Victor says he has to move on and forget what happened that night]].
* YourCheatingHeart: Fidelity and its fragility or meaninglessness are some of the main motifs of the movie. Subverted in that Bill and Alice have several chances to be unfaithful, but they never take them. It can be described as mental cheating.
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->''"Fuck"''