Josef Woodard
August 06, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Eyes Wide Shut

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
159 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/16/99
performer
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Alan Cumming, Todd Field, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson, Rade Sherbedgia, Leelee Sobieski
director
Stanley Kubrick
Producers
Pole Star, Warner Bros.
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Stanley Kubrick, Frederic Raphael
genre
Drama, Erotic

We gave it an A-

At a time when pop-tune parades pass for film scores, it’s a treat to hear another of Stanley Kubrick’s eclectic musical mixes. The soundtrack to his last film, Eyes Wide Shut, is framed by the cerebral modernist rigor of Gyorgy Ligeti (also on 2001) and includes Shostakovich, Chris Isaak, Oscar Peterson, moody evocations by Jocelyn Pook, and pianist Brad Mehldau’s languid read on ”Blame It on My Youth.” Kubrick had a keen musical ear, matching sound to sight in ways just right and weird enough to keep our ears wide open. A-

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