EYES WIDE SHUT
REVIEW of "EYES WIDE SHUT"
or,"Eye's Unshut/Corpses Undead -- How I Learned to Love Being Awake!"
July 15, 1999 Review
by Bryan Adrian
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We take this moment to pay your respects to the genius of Stanley Kubrick, who passed away March 7, 1999, St Albans, United Kingdom
***THE SWORD IN THE BED BETWEEN THEM***
A W A K E !!
Did Stanley Kubrick die a natural death? Are the members of the secret lodge below using synthetic telepathy or remote viewing??
KUBRICK lovers and fans all throughout Glen Cove, Oyster Bay,
and Port Washington are all SMILES over his film, EYES WIDE SHUT! (notice the double headed eagle and king's crown used frequently in masonic rituals)
REVIEW by Bryan Adrian of EYES WIDE SHUT
***THE SWORD IN THE BED BETWEEN THEM***
NICOLE: "We were in the DESERTED CITY and our clothes were gone, we were naked. I was angry cause I thought it was your fault. You left ... as soon as you were gone it was quite different. I felt WONDERFUL!! I was stretched out naked in the GARDEN ... and a man walked in out of the woods -- it was the NAVAL OFFICER ... he stared at me and then he just LAUGHED! -- he just LAUGHED at me!"
TOM: "Tell me the rest of the dream."
NICOLE: "He was kissing me and then we were making love and then there were all these people ... hundreds of them ... everyone was fucking and then I was fucking other men, so many I don't know how many I was with -- I wanted to make FUN of YOU so I laughed as LOUD as I could. That must have been when you WOKE ME UP!."
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, in their final dialogue before the final credits (which i will discuss soon in more detail) roll at the end of EYES WIDE SHUT, embody the hidden meaning in Kubrik's movie title. In effect, they both [in character] gloat over their newly discovered AWAKENESS; they both make on-screen affirmations to becoming for the first time in their lives, AWAKE!
The two characters in EYES WIDE SHUT had been
SPLEENING in preceding scenes about the choice of living in a boring bourgeois HELL, as a cowardly and uncourageous man and wife, with their eyes wide shut, or to LIVE FOREVER, TOGETHER with their eyes never shut again. This end is touching in that Tom and Nicole make mutual testimonies [in a TOY SHOP of all places] upon their decision to LIVE TOGETHER ... ETERNALLY ... FOREVER, because their new WAKEFUL state WILL BE so much more rewarding than living in the shadows of reality like they used to.
They are now among the "holy of the holies". Hai HO!!
Alice blithely declared, "I was willing to give up my WHOLE fucking future, EVERYTHING!"
IN A TOY STORE, last SCENE of Eyes Wide Open:
ALICE: "What do you think we should do? I think we should be grateful that we have survived through all of our adventures whether they were real or only a dream."
BILL: "Are you sure of that?"
ALICE: "... am I sure??? ... The important thing is we are awake now and hopefully for a LONG TIME to come."
ALICE: "Let's not use THAT word ... it frightens me."
ABOUT THE ORGY MANSION: The location selected to film the occult orgy scenes is the Mentmore Towers built in the 19th century as a country house for a member of the prominent and powerful elite Rothschilds family.
Alice (Nicole Kidman) told her husband Bill (Tom Cruise) about the dream she had just experienced immediately after his return at dawn from a lugubrious Temple Party, in which a woman traded her life in exchange for Tom Cruise's life (due to his crashing of a secret organization's most secretive "party" of the annus, [annus is OLD FRENCH for year]). The naval officer with whom she had been smitten (or bitten) on Cape Cod was inside her copulatory stream of consciousness, and even though he was the one who had most probably invited her to the orgy, ... she respectfuly fucked him first and then afterwards -- quite lasciviously lunged into fornication with whomever was nearest her (excepting her husband). Luckily, their daughter, the one that Bill and Alice treat throughout the film like a new HOME APPLIANCE, was not within hearing range when such strong articulations were made.
Bill seemed much more surprised to see the mask he had lost at the Temple (when his life was threatened and the mask had been part of his poor disguise) on the bed next to his wife's head, than to hear about her alleged bad "dream".
Alice's sexual indiscretions may not have been only reveries. The poignant and tragic point here is that Kubrick had been very adamant in controlling the filming of the Temple Party sequence so that the Judge and Patriarch of this very solemn event had been shown making a STENTORIAN speech about " ... when a promise is made here there is NO TURNING BACK ... a single word to ANYONE and the most dire consequences for you and your family." Just that one little chance that Alice wasn't dreaming, and in effect, was AT THE TEMPLE PARTY also, the same one as her husband Bill, could have unpleasant interpretations for their long lasting state of togetherness.
In a way ... their new state of wakefulness and overconfident longevity, is " ... not a disease, but an alternate state of being that can offer uncounted possibilities to explore life in varieties not viewable to a normal person."
--> I want to take a look at 4 instances where I believe the mastercut that Kubrick left behind just days before his sudden death, seems to have been tampered with in patterns that are as vivid as the stripes on a tiger's back -- I mean LITERALLY, quite a few amateurish inserts and re-edits -- that were done behind Stanley's back after his death! Also, I would like to quote a few passages from the hackneyed work of Arthur Schnitzler, so that even a child in a TARZAN movie audience or a Spielberg INDIANA JONES flick would come to the conclusion that Kubrick was merely toying with the Schnitzler work for his own deeper reasons, and most certainly not enthralled by its quality nor durability.
FOUR (4) HYPOTHETICAL LOCATIONS WHERE KUBRICK'S MASTER EDIT WAS TAMPERED WITH: [there is an ancient Greek word for this type of fooling around with an original and tampering with its intactness, called "GOETES," and I think it applies here]
Re: The 13 and-a-half minute billiard room scene between Tom Cruise and Sydney Pollack which took about three weeks of filming. Stanley Kubrick and director of photography Larry Smith tested out different film stocks and finally settled on one that had been discontinued by Kodak. As a courtesy, Kodak offered to supply as many rolls of this film as long as Kubrick was alive and which he would need for his project.
In one of the opening scenes, in a Mr. Ziegler's mansion, the Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman married couple are attendees of his party. It is glamorous. But before they go home, Bill, a physician, is called upstairs to help Mr. Ziegler out of a quandary. He has had sex with a supermodel, who nearly died after doing a speedball to get through sex with him. This young lady, whose full frontal nudity reminded me of some studio art courses I took in Life Drawing, had her life saved by Dr. Bill's ministrations. She later would be his savior, at a secret cult meeting that he had naively invaded. Look carefully at the end of this scene, when Cruise, Ziegler, and MANDY, are all in frame. Then, as will happen at least FOUR MORE TIMES throughout the film, if not more, the lighting changes in hue, as if newly inserted film footage were spliced in, and various original characters are yet again FAKED IN --- just like the ridiculously puritanical PAIR of black-robed partners that were digitally installed to MASK all the goings on at the orgy in the American edition.
Cinematographer Larry Smith says: "In U.S. prints of the film, digital figures were added—at the behest of the Motion Picture Association of America—to obscure the most explicit action in the orgy sequence. Asked for his opinion on this controversial edict, Smith says simply, “Naturally, I’d have preferred if [the MPAA] hadn’t required that, but Stanley had to comply in order to get an R rating. In Europe, the digital figures won’t be there. Personally, I don’t think it’s that big a deal, but European viewers will certainly see much more going on in those scenes!”
Continuity error or ....?: Dr. Harford talking to Victor Ziegler at pool table, position of cue and balls change and the chalk moves.
Boom mic visible: In the poolroom scene with Bill and Victor, you can see the boom reflected in the green light when Victor says "OK, he had a bruise on his face."
Trivia: Harvey Keitel originally played Victor Ziegler. Keitel left the production due to his obligations on another project.
Ziegler, in this particular scene just after Dr. Bill has successfully resurrected the near dead Mandy from her OD, he becomes DIGITAL, and wavers like a vibration, much like the image on your home player when you hit the Stop-Pause button, while a new Cruise snatch of dialogue seems to be here inserted " ... you're going to need some re-hab" he tells Mandy. Well! I have never ever seen a Kubrick film EVER, where he literally PREACHES!!! It takes no technical expert to see the difference between a Kubrick scene and some sort of a mind meld of a cabal that made a COUNTERFEIT add-in-scene done by some other IMBECILIC hands.
In my first viewing on Premiere night in Manhattan at a Broadway cinema, the Chris Isaak song BABY DID A BAD BAD THING [that had also been used in the Warner promotion trailer], somehow let the last THREE NOTES of the song bleed into the next scene, sloppily, early in the movie. Mysteriously, this aural atrocity was NOT in the version I saw one week later at a different cinema, in the East Village.
#3) The HIV Test Results Scene:
Dr. Bill returns to the big hearted prostitute Domino's shabby Village apartment. She is not there. Her colleague and roommate Sally is in. Cruise wants sex but she says no, it would be better that they should talk.
"There is something I think I should tell you. Why don't you have a seat ... [Domino] got the results of a blood test this morning and it was HIV positive."
AT THIS POINT the alarmingly different lighting and coloring are evident, a jerk of the editing flow, and Cruise, awash in an alien light that wasn't there before says, "I am very sorry to hear that." Sally, the hooker roommate, is suddenly a fuzzy and frozen digital figure that fills the corner of the scene as her image slightly waivers like a desert mirage in the Kalihari or on the plateaus of the Mongolian desert. Cruise then says, in the same botched insert, "... I think maybe I'd better be going." Whatever was changed and cut and inserted here at this point coincides with #1 in a mini-coverup of some sort, done by invisible hands after Stanley's demise.
When Ziegler and Dr. Bill confront one another near the end of the movie, over the death of MANDY the supermodel, and the attendance of Tom Cruise at the Temple Party, uninvited, Cruise asks [after Ziegler has told him that hired goons of the Temple hierarchy have been following Cruise, ordered by Ziegler himself, and reporting back to him]
BILL: "Was she the woman at the Party?"
ZIEGLER: "Yes she was."
BILL: "What kind of CHARADE ends with SOMEBODY turning up DEAD?"
ZIEGLER: " ... you've been WAY out of your depth for the last 24 hours ... you TOLD HER YOURSELF, REMEMBER?"
Ziegler is referring to the VERY same scene as depicted in hypothesis #1 above, in which Cruise told MANDY to "get some rehab." (in this scene there are disconcerting shifts in color & lighting which do not seem like Kubrick's work) Ziegler is making it seem to the Cruise character Dr. Bill, and the audience, that she was doomed by her own character flaws to end up OD'd in a cheap hotel room at DAWN. My opinion is that something very critical to Kubrick's deeper message in this film were bastardized and covered up, especially in the 3 scenes i have described, and by nefarious studio hands.
Paradoxically, the story of her overdose had been reported in the "New York Post" in its early bird, earliest morning edition, on the very same day that a nurse at the hosital had officially declared Mandy dead at 3:45 PM, much later in the afternoon. That is, for re-emphasis, pronounced dead at 3:45 pm IN THE AFTERNOON, according to the head nurse at the reception desk of the very same hospital where Cruise went in to have one last loving look at Mandy, naked of course, in the corpse cooler, in a strangely erotic Kubrick scene.
Kubrick used much extensive research on inimitable Masonic-like Temple ceremonies and rituals. This pursuit is to say at least, absolutely NOT for the weak of heart, and Kubrick must have completed his painstaking investigations, depending on nothing other for his support than on his rigorous sense of inner logic, and his penchant for research and analysis [Kubrick was in addition to being a movie master, also a chess master --- for those who didn't follow his playing career, he won competitions when he was only 17 --- of the highest chess order]. It could even be said that Kubrick gambled on his life by even making EYES WIDE SHUT, in a well calculated exit from the stage.
Kubrick's detailed research even led him to populate the walls of the bedroom of Dr. Bill's generous hooker, Domino, with THREE shamanistic MASKS -- they each looked like they were borrowed from the LOUVRE or the Met, even though her entire apartment contained only one lonely book, "Introduction to Sociology," propped up near her work bed.
A very special theory emailed to us here at our offices!: The MPAA was trying to cloak the naked women in EYES WIDE SHUT because they may have been menstruating [in the orgy scenes], rather than merely conceal their nudity due to our virtuous and puritanical mores here in the United States -- it is common knowledge that Temple rituals, going way back to Solomon's Temples, NEVER ALLOWED WITHIN THEIR WALLS a menstruating woman because this was strictly forbidden. So thanks MPAA, for guiding us through this protocol. Murderous longings and deeds, however, in violent imagery and action and sound, are peddled shamelessly to all ages by the MPAA throughout our corporate film kingdom.
The long emotionally explosive and terror revealing centerpiece of EYES WIDE SHUT are the ancient rituals TEMPLE sequence (here played out in a rich supermansion on Glen Cove, Long Island) in which a young statuesque woman named Mandy Curran (played by JULIENNE DAVIS], offers her soul as a replacement for Tom Cruise's character's condemned life, due to his unwitting stumble into a secret organization's most secret ceremonies by his learning of the password: "FIDELIO".
The nearly naked 'savioresse', portrayed as a fetching and robust woman quite unashamed of her corporeal existence, looms majestically like a state-fair red heifer prize winner, from a towering mansion balcony (this is no normal mansion), transporting the movie audience into a deep sense of compassion and concern when she bemoans dignantly:
"STOP! Let him go ... take ME ... I AM READY TO REDEEM HIM!"
[...] Dr. William [Bill] Harford (Tom Cruise), adroitly used the nostalgic notes of old friendship to coerce and manipulate Nick Nightengale, bar room pianist and former medical school classmate of Dr. Bill's [who over time had dropped out of med school], to reveal the deadly password to him that would allow him to enter the Glen Cove temple party. Nick knew the password because he was contracted to play the organ at the party, blindfolded. Dr. Bill says to Nick, "... there's no way on EARTH that you're NOT gonna take me to that masked ball!".
As a result of Dr. Bill's insatiable curiosity, Nick was never seen again after his playing of funereal organ pieces with his eyes wide shut, while blindfolded during the Temple party.
We learn in a later scene, that Nick had turned up very briefly, according to a helpful gay night clerk (Alan Cumming), at a posh Manhattan hotel, "bruised and scared" and accompanied by two very large guys from the Glen Cove Temple, who then extirpated him from the hotel at 5AM, never to be seen by human eyes again.
"He came in this morning about 4:30 AM, with 2 men ... BIG GUYS ... well dressed, well spoken ... but NOT the kind of guys you want to fool around with ... if you know what I mean," added the deskclerk in his reply to Dr. Bill's interrogation. Could the Alan Cumming character, the desk clerk, have been referring to some Kassideans, the ancient Guardians of King Solomon's Temple?
"Mr. Nightingale tried to pass ... an envelope to me ... but it wasn't allowed." Not even a farewell scribble was permitted.
Shortly after this scene illustrating Nick Nightengale's terminal hotel hour, we see Dr. Bill being seated in The Sonata Cafe, in the Village, in a warm and gemutlich Christmas atmosphere. He orders a cappuccino. The camera closes in on the headline of a metro section article he has just discovered in THE NEW YORK POST. "EX BEAUTY QUEEN HOTEL OVERDOSE ... her sister said she was still not totally satisfied with her career and hoped it would turn around."
Sardonically, Kubrick pulls his camera back and puts Dr. Bill fully in screen holding open the New York Post, with the HEADLINE of PAGE ONE facing outwards, where everyone in the world except Bill can read the giant caption "LUCKY TO BE ALIVE"!
The identity of the occult Red Cloak grand master figure at the former Rothschild mansion (played by Leon Vitali) is never revealed, but the actor’s real name is cited in the newspaper article about Mandy/Amanda’s death, stating: “After being hired for a series of magazine ads for London fashion designer Leon Vitali, rumors began circulating of an affair between the two. Soon after her hiring, Vitali empire insiders were reporting that their boss adored Curran — not for how she wore his stunning clothes in public, but for how she wowed him by taking them off in private, seductive solo performances."
Another Kubrickian clue, imbued with a droll sense of humor, is a very peculiar and very long red billiard table. Dr. Bill, drinking single malt scotch whiskey with his millionaire patient, Victor Ziegler, in his marquis-de-sade style home, learns that Ziegler is also a high standing member of this cultic Glen Cove closed society. The doctor and his patient compete for frame space with the very large billiard table [which could double as an altar]. We hear several interminable minutes of disturbing, occult, and menacing dialogue (between Tom Cruise and Sydney Pollack), in which the usual god-like authority of a doctor becomes quickly reversed into the hands of a sinister patient. One revelatory sample from this long and unforgettable dialogue (perhaps it is Kubrick's most masterfully filmed conversation of his entire career), comes when the Pollack character admonishes Cruise,
"... a bruise on his face is a HELL of a lot less than what he deserves! ... I was there at the HOUSE ... I saw everything that went on. I remembered seeing you with that PRICK Nick at my party. [...] Bill, suppose I told you that everything that happened ... the threats, the warnings, the last minute intervention ... what if I was to tell you it was staged, a charade, a FAKE." ["GOETES"]
We learn from their sparring verbal exchanges that the woman who offered her soul in exchange for Tom Cruise's character's life, was the same woman Mandy [JULIENNE DAVIS] who later turned up dead of a heroin overdose in a cheap hotel --- at nearly the same exact time that Tom's friend, Nick Nightingale, allegedly, "... went back to Seattle ... to bang Mrs. Nick," [where he had a wife and four sons].
To be honest, this reviewer doesn't think Nick ever made it out of New York State and back into his wife's loving arms, e.g, NOWHERE near Seattle. And as for Cruise and Kidman's final lines,
NICOLE: "There is something we need to do as soon as possible."
TOM: "What's that?"
Cutting this close to the bone, creepy, at the end of the movie in the toy store, their little daughter Helena Harford walks by a stack of large boxes of toys labeled in large letters, "Magic Circle", something used extensively in satanic rituals and witchcraft. In addition, the two diabolical characters seen at times lurking in the opening Ziegler party scene, are obliquely observed here again in the final scene, keeping their surveillance on the Harford family, and as the movie ends taking the little girl Helena away with them, while Bill and Alice are yabbering away about "forevermore" and "forever" and fucking.
I think I would have to agree with English STAR magazine employees Wendy and Tony Duffield, who were purportedly paid over $2000 a day as sex therapists to instruct Tom & Nicole how to produce sparks; it seems the married couple could have learned a lot about banging from Nick and Mrs. Nick! I would have MUCH preferred watching Nick Nightingale reunite with his wife and couple with her to a cantata or two, than be subjected to yet another scene in which Bill and Alice touched each other again like computer keyboards, with Tom Cruise as inert as heavy DEUTERIUM, he a lone neutron in a close orbit with his wife, Alice, a lone proton. They were perfect paragons of heavy water choreography.
Phil Bunton, editor in chief of STAR said, "... unless there is some hidden Scientology agenda I am not aware of, Scientologists are against psychotherapy --- and presumably sex therapy too --- so maybe that has something to do with it." [the total lack of allure in watching Tom & Nicole display intimacy].
In closing, I quote Michael Herr, a former Kubrick scriptwriter, on Kubrick's death: "... [the] often strangely rancorous diatribes that followed his death
... is no small matter."
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Note: The disturbing music of Jocelyn Pook used during the sacrifice is actually made up of a Romanian Orthodox Christian liturgy, in reverse. Below is a feeble attempt to spell it out in English.
"Ahnae Pluto Espiritu KADOSH haisch ohne bluto hapschish tisits nishu noc hasish hnae Pluto KADOSH"
In "EWS", originally had an ancient Sanskrit Chant, called the "SHLOKA" introduction to the Bhagivad Gita, used as counterpoint in the temple orgy and ritualistic sacrifice of the beautiful model, by Kubrick. We believe he wanted to lament, in song, like the distant Vedic Aryans before him, the loss of the land of Kurukshetra, formerly between the Sarasvati and the Drishadvati Rivers, considered for millenia to be the holiest and mightiest of river confluencies by the Vedic seers. This lament originally perhaps was used solemnly to commemorate the capture of this river confluency [now mythological rather than historical] and its land by the Punjabi warriors and their allies. This Sanskrit chant however was later cut from the movie, and when the secret society orgy “festivities” begin, a Tamil song called “Migration” now plays in the background.
Why Romanian Orthodox chants backwards, who knows, ties to the Kabbala and the ZOHAR? The Zohar first appeared in Spain in the 13th century, and was published by a Jewish writer named Moses de León. De León ascribed the work to Shimon bar Yochai ("Rashbi"), a rabbi of the 2nd century during the Roman persecution who, according to Jewish legend, hid in a cave for thirteen years studying the Torah and was inspired by the Prophet Elijah to write the Zohar. This accords with the traditional claim by adherents that Kabbalah is the concealed part of the Oral Torah. Many satanists consider the spoken word, said backward, as a powerful spell. The fact that this is a bible verse, when said backward, perhaps gives Satanists power over the verse. According to Satanists themselves, speaking backward gives them power or dominance over whatever is being said.
"Ahnae Pluto Espiritu KADOSH haisch ohne bluto hapschish tisits nishu noc hasish hnae Pluto KADOSH "
UPDATE: a few years ago and many years after the premiere of EWS, many researchers found out more and more details that were part of EWS, among them someone found the original Romanian Christian verse text that is spoken backwards here: NORMAL VERSE "Zisa Domnului catre ucenicii sai...Porunca noua dau voua...Domnului sa ne rugam pentru mila, viata, pacea, sanatatea, mantuirea, cercetarea, lasarea si iertarea pacatelor robilor lui Dumnezeu. Inchinatori, miluitori si binefacatori ai sfantului lacasului acestuia."
BACKWARD VERSE: " Auov uad auon acnurop ias iicinecu ertac iulunmod asiz... Aiutseca iulusacal iulutnafs ia irotacafenib is irotiulim irotanihcni. Uezenmud iul rolibor roletacap aeratrei is aerasal aeratecrec aeriutnam aetatanas aecap ataiv alim urtnep magur en as iulunmod. Auov uad auon acnurop ias iicinecu ertac iulunmod asiz..."
WHOEVER SAID KUBRICK WAS COLD & SEXLESS WAS PERHAPS DEAD THEMSELF!
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE [AI], aka, "Is Spielberg's Pinnochio Made of holly wood?"
The not normally erudite TOM HANKS, Actor & Esquire, remarking dimly on Kubrick's "2001": " [...] I was INFECTED with the virus [...]
we have discovered that going up into outer space is an extremely difficult and expensive feat, and is, in fact, DANGEROUS[.]"
The Moabite Stone, said to have been discovered near the Dead Sea by Klein, in 1868, and broken up by Bedouins in 1869. Mr. Löwy, in 1887, pronounced it to be a FORGERY, one of his arguments being that the stone itself [basaltic volcanic rock, aka either an asteroid or a meteor chunk] was more worn than the letters inscribed upon it, in other words, that the stone was old, but the inscription was quite modern and recently applied to the stone. T. L. Thompson has recently claimed that the Moabite Stone is a fictitious text written after the time of King Mesha, and that it should not be treated as a source for the study of Moabites and sons & descendants of King Omri (sometimes referred to as Israelites) in history.
"You know what Mr. Spielberg?
"Why are you so envious of Stanley Kubrick?"
I guess luv, it's because he can read the Voynich Manuscripts and I don't have a clue!"
"That's truly sad, Mr. Playmountain!"
THE VOYNICH MANUSCRIPT -- a 15th century medieval handwritten text dated between 1404 and 1438, purchased in 1912 by a Polish book dealer and antiquarian named Wilfrid M. Voynich (hence its moniker). Along with the strange handwriting in an unknown language or code, the book is heavily illustrated with bizarre pictures of alien plants, naked women, strange objects, and zodiac symbols. It's currently kept at Yale University's Beinecke Library of rare books and manuscripts. Possible authors include Roger Bacon, Elizabethan astrologer/alchemist John Dee, or even Voynich himself, possibly as a hoax.
ARCHIVED UPDATES ON THE PROGRESS of
"Artificial Intelligence," the filmscript now credited to "SS" Steven Spielberg
ShowBIZ Data reports:
"Steven Spielberg confirmed reports that he plans to bring Stanley Kubrick's 80-page treatment for A.I. (artificial intelligence) to fruition this summer. The science-fiction tale of a boy robot who "LIVES" during a time following the MELTING OF POLAR ICE CAPS had long been in the works by Kubrick."
click here to read SPIELBERG vs. KUBRICK in the Wars over who owns Kubrick's script for "AI" [Artificial Intelligence]
GREGORY FEELEY, a science fiction writer [unlike Steven Spielberg] ... who
knew Kubrick, wrote recently in the New York Times, about the film
"ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, THE PINNOCHIO STORY" that Kubrick worked on for many years and wanted to be his last testament, rather than EYES WIDE SHUT.
" [...] "AI" ["Artificial Intelligence"] would have been Kubrick's most intense and definitive vision of humanity ... in the throes of becoming something other than human: a science-fiction epic of enormous ambition.
[...] Kubrick saw the movie [AI] as a QUEST in which the robot DAVID seeks to become a real boy as a way of winning his mother's love ... the Aldiss story behind "AI" ... published in 1969 ... is about a withdrawn English boy named DAVID and his talking teddy bear, which is actually a robot that was given to the boy by his worried parents for THERAPEUTIC purposes. At the end of the story, the reader discovers that DAVID is also a robot, a sophisticated model that is supposed to behave like a real child but that can't please the childless couple who purchased him, despite the teddy bear's coaching, and despite the boy's artificial beauty, like the Blue Boy of the painter Gainsborough, on which Kubrick modeled his character.
[...] Kubrick wanted David [the star boy robot of his "AI" script] to be kicked out of what we referred to as TIN CITY ... a sort of skid row for old robots where they were worked as slaves until they fell apart.
[...] It was the relationshiop between David and his mother [a human] that most occupied Kubrick and Ms. Maitland [his co-scriptwriter]. An alcoholic whose Bloody Marys David would mix for her in a vain attempt to win her affection, the mother was the emotional center of the film.
At the story's conclusion, the robots that have INHERITED THE EARTH use David's memories to reconstruct, in virtual form, the apartment where he had lived with his parents. Because his memories are subjective, the mother is much more vividly realized than the father, and his stepsister's room is not there at all; it is just a hole in the wall.
For Ms. Maitland, the film would end with David preparing a BLOODY MARY for his mother, the juice a
BRIGHTER RED THAN IN REAL LIFE" ... Kubrick, however, wanted a coda in which the NEW RACE OF ROBOTS, because of a technological limitation, CANNOT keep the mother alive AFTER REVIVING her."
click here for link to "What was Kubrick's A.I supposed to be about?" essay in full
Bryan Adrian: some of his writings can be found at the links below....
"PIG HEADED IN BRASIL", a short story by Bryan Adrian
"TAKE TWO", by Bryan Adrian, a short story set in the East Village, NYC. Published in THE WATERFRONT WEEK, a Williamsburgh/Greenpoint NYC magazine
"Jumping Ship in Batumi", short fiction by Bryan Adrian
Poetry published in "AISLING," in
the Aran Irish Isles [https://www.angelfire.com/poetry/aisling/bryanadrian.html ], and also in several U.S. national poetry publications.
Film script registered with the Writers Guild of America. Early childhood lived
so some familiarity with Japanese customs and fairy tales. Many following years
lived and worked abroad [especially in Germany,
and Brasil and Georgia].
Short stories and poems by Bryan Adrian
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Deputy Editor & Feature Writer THE ELECTRONIC WHIP, LONDON/
on controversial topics.
“Strike Against Globalization Now!”  http://web.archive.org/web/20000815233252/www.pcug.co.uk/~whip/usa/strike.htm
"STREET NEWS," NYC (Jan. 1993-Aug. 1993) a quality bi-weekly
activist newspaper advocating federal assistance for jobless, homeless, and medically uninsured Americans. Of special interest, the article: "Why We Have More Lawyers
than Toilets in America"
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