There was some cool info posted on this thread about people's movie 
 I agree with Richard about Clockwork Orange - a very unpleasant film - but 
seeing it did make me read the original book which is a deserved modern 
classic. Lolita isn't pornographic though - it's black comedy with fantastic 
performances from all the cast.

 Re the negative opinions of Eyes Wide Shut, I wonder if many viewers missed 
the point that it was based on Arthur Schnitzler's Dream Story (1926) - ie, 
it's a *dream* story (and so influenced by fellow Viennese author Sigmund 
Freud's ideas). For example, some people have sneered at the orgy scene as it 
is not remotely like the sex parties of modern, hip, super-rich Yanks. Well, I 
wouldn't know what happens at such events(!) but as the orgy is a nightmare 
vision it can take off in any direction it likes if it suits Kubrick's 
narrative. The same can be said of some of the other elements criticised.

 The young girl in the movie who is being pimped by her father who owns the 
fancy-dress store could be a nod to Kubrick's own anger that his daughter had 
joined the Scientologists and become brainwashed by them. It's odd that Kubrick 
would feel happy about working with Cruise given Kubrick's falling out with his 
daughter over her involvement with the cult but maybe Cruise's inclusion made 
the link between the sinister group in EWS and Scientology clearer.


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