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EYES WIDE SHUT: What You Missed in Kubrick

pic (2)Jay Dyer
21st Century Wire

From West of the Rockies RadioJay Dyer is a real gem in the world of all things conspiracy Hollywood – his approach to analysis is interesting and fun, whist thorough and mind-expanding. Jay has written on a myriad of topics and movies, but on this show in particular, we focus on Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut; of course, we occasionally drift off-topic, and what’s a Kubrick-themed show without at least some mention of 2001,The Shining and, of course, the Moon Landing!

His contributions in literary and film analysis are invaluable, providing us with plenty of things to contemplate and leading us down trains of thought we’ve never even considered before. That is not to say, of course, that everything Jay says should be taken as Gospel, and we certainly wouldn’t encourage anyone to do so (himself included, I should think) – he analyses and theorizes, leaving it ultimately up to the reader to come to their own conclusion. Whether you agree with his ideas or not, they certainly still make for fascinating reading/listening.

Mask used in Kubrick's last film, Eyes Wide Shut; on display at LACMA - March 2013

Mask used in Kubrick’s last film, Eyes Wide Shut; on display at LACMA – March 2013

Are these theories all a stretch? Or is our view of reality merely too narrow?

That Eyes Wide Shut is a strange movie with hidden messages is certainly no secret; but the real question is, of what nature are these secrets? Was Kubrick trying to tell us something important? Or perhaps something comically trivial? Was it just a game to him, maybe he was just pulling our leg? These are all feasible possibilities, which is exactly what makes it so difficult to decipher this movie.

One of the popular theories floating around is that Kubrick knew something, whilst also knowing that revealing this thing would endanger him – thus, he resorted to revealing it in the best way he thought possible, namely via the cryptic message of a movie. Is it a coincidence that he died just six days after delivering the finished movie to Warner Bros.? Many think not.

Film slate from Eyes Wide Shut production; on display at LACMA - March 2013

Film slate from Eyes Wide Shut production; on display at LACMA – March 2013

It’s advisable to have watched the movie prior to listening to this interview, otherwise it simply won’t be very interesting, and will definitely sound considerably crazier than it is (if not already!). Also, it wouldn’t hurt to have seen any other, or all, of Kubrick’s other movies (admittedly, it might hurt your head).

And now, for the interview. Are you ready to have your eyes opened?”

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Jay Dyer is the author of the forthcoming title, Esoteric Hollywood: Sex, Cults and Symbols in Film from Trine Day.  Focusing on film, philosophy, geopolitics and all things esoteric,JaysAnalysis and his podcast, “Esoteric Hollywood,” investigates the deeper meanings between the headlines, exploring the hidden aspects of our sinister synthetic mass media matrix.

Jay Dyer
Author of Esoteric Hollywood and Owner at JaysAnalysis.com, focusing on film, philosophy, history, geopolitics, and esoterica.