Friday, 19 May 2017

Traumnovelle - 1969 - Eyes Wide Shut



Traumnovelle is a 1926 Novella by Arthur Schnitzler that went on to be adapted in 1969 for television and lastly by Stanley Kurbrick in Eye's Wide Shut.

All the sexual and occult leitmotifs are evident in the original story and support the claim that Kubrick was the Illuminati's principle film maker though it appears reluctantly towards the end.

There's very little to be gleaned from this version that was removed in the final edit of Kubrick's version days before his death. Much of the narrative feels close to Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz in terms of characters and general seediness.