Eyes Wide Shut

Trivia: The strange incantation heard at the beginning of the orgy scene is a fragment of a Romanian Orthodox Church sermon played backwards. If you play it backwards you'll notice that there are two main voices (in the movie is supposed to be only one - the voice of the "great priest") and a choir.

Trivia: Christiane Kubrick, Stanley's wife, has a cameo as the woman sitting behind Dr. Harford at Café Sonata.

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Trivia: The actor who played Nick Nightingale (Dr. William 'Bill' Harford's medical school dropout friend), played a medical school dropout in "Gross Anatomy" (1989).

Trivia: This was Stanley Kubrick's last film. It was released after his death in 1999.

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Trivia: The room of the morgue visited by Bill in this film is in wing C, room 114 - a reference to C-114 which was name of the decoding machine in Kubrick's film "Dr. Strangelove".

Trivia: Kubrick pushed Sydney Pollack to his limits while filming Eyes Wide Shut. Pollack asked how Kubrick wanted him to walk across a room to answer a door. Kubrick said "I don't know, you decide'. Pollack kept trying different ways for the next two days, waiting for Kubrick to approve. Eventually, exhausted, Pollack said he was satisfied, and Kubrick replied 'I wondered how much longer it would take you'.

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Trivia: During the scene where Tom Cruise is talking to Nick at the Sonata Cafe, you can see the director Stanley Kubrick sitting at a nearby table.

Continuity mistake: At the orgy a man walks through a door with a naked woman on each arm, then the camera cuts so that Tom Cruise is in the shot with the man and two women approaching him. In this shot one of the women is a different woman from before.

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Question: There are two things I don't understand about the mask party. One, why go through all the ceremonial, quasi-religious rituals with mask and cape, priest, smoke, organ, etc? Why not just show up and have an orgy? Second, how did the masked woman know that Tom Cruise didn't belong there if he was masked himself?

Answer: The quasi-religious rituals are all part of the allure and mystique of the party. There are plenty of places people in power can go to just have an orgy, the ceremony implies a respectability to the whole affair. If the masked woman attends the parties regularly, she'd recognize a different body, even though the face is covered.

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