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Why does Nicole Kidman undress in the opening shot of ‘Eyes Wide Shut’?
Oral History: The ’Eyes Wide Shut’ Orgy Scene
Iconic filmmaker Stanley Kubrick had one last money-shot in him, and he decided to make it a hot one. Eyes Wide Shut is the ribald yarn about a rich Manhattan couple, played by Tom Cruise and then-wife Nicole Kidman , who somehow manage to manufacture extra-marital suspicion into a large, faceless conspiracy. The movie opens with a full-frontal OD by Julienne Davis , then Nicole gets into the act, exposing her flawless body, and Cruise ends up at a masked orgy. Add to that the onscreen debut of a very young Leelee Sobieski , barely clad in bra and panties, and you have Kubrick's masturbation-piece.
Eyes Wide Shut : Ritual Scene (Nicole Kidman / Tom Cruise)
The film is controversial for many reasons — as much to do with its production and reception as for its supposedly sensational sexual content, heavily hyped by Warner Bros. The director was a perfectionist and his attention to detail is legendary; one of the fascinations of his work is the pleasure of unpicking every nuance of image and sound in search of a definitive meaning — a quest destined to be frustrated. This is cinema for obsessive compulsives. The film is a costume extravaganza that plays on identity and sexuality.
Julienne Davis is a girl of many parts. Plucked from a bunch of models who were summoned by Kubrick's people to decorate the orgy scene in the film, Davis was surprised to find herself recalled for a slightly larger role. One might be forgiven for believing that the principal reason was that she looks terrific without clothes.