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Okay, now let me get this straight. You
want a tuxedo, a black monk's cassock
and a mask that completely covers your
I have to tell you doctor, I've had some
very strange requests in my day and
this is certainly one of them.
It's for a good cause.
I think we can find something for you.
You should have a cloak lined with ermine.
Ermine: in heraldry is a "fur", or varied tincture, consisting of a white background with a pattern of black shapes representing the winter coat of the stoat (a species of weasel with white fur and a black-tipped tail). The linings of medieval coronation cloaks and some other garments, usually reserved to use by high-ranking peers and royalty, were made by sewing many ermine furs together to produce a luxurious white fur with patterns of hanging black-tipped tails. Due largely to the association of the ermine fur with the linings of coronation cloaks, crowns and peerage caps, the heraldic tincture of ermine was usually reserved to similar applications in heraldry (i.e., the linings of crowns and chapeaux and of the royal canopy).
It is quite appropriate that the Three Kings should have ermine-trimmed cloaks, for the ermine is a symbol rich in meaning and depth. Deep calleth unto deep, as the Psalm says. In this case, the ermine is a symbol with one layer after another of meaning, each one calling to the next with a more profound sense.
Because of its pure white fur the ermine became a symbol of moral purity and innocence. Even more marvelous, the medieval bestiary tells us, is that the ermine, with its beautiful white coat, would rather die before soiling its fur. According to Aelian, the ermine, falling into a mud puddle, would immediately die of sorrow.
Mentmore Towers, historically known simply as "Mentmore", is a 19th-century English country house built between 1852 and 1854 for the Rothschild family in the village of Mentmore in Buckinghamshire. Sir Joseph Paxton and his son-in-law, George Henry Stokes, designed the building in the 19th-century revival of late 16th and early 17th-century Elizabethan and Jacobean styles called Jacobethan The house was designed for the banker and collector of fine art Baron Mayer de Rothschild as a country home, and as a display case for his collection of fine art. The mansion has been described as one of the greatest houses of the Victorian era.
Mentmore was the first of what were to become virtual Rothschild enclaves in the Vale of Aylesbury. Baron Mayer de Rothschild began purchasing land in the area in 1846. Later, other members of the family built houses at Tring in Hertfordshire, Ascott, Aston Clinton, Waddesdon and Halton.
There have been few dinners parties quite like it.
It's December 12 1972, the night at which Marie-Hélène de Rothschild held her famous Surrealist Ball at Ferrières. As you can probably guess by her surname, she was a member of the ultra-wealthy Rothschild banking family. Few made the guest-list but if you did, it was the ultimate seal of approval from Parisian high-society.
Even the great Salvador Dali was in attendance that evening, no doubt being bewitching and entertaining in equal amounts. This is just an account from just one of her parties - she had many. But whatever the date, whomever attended, she was meticulous in planning every finite detail, making sure each gathering was an intriguing (and clearly intoxicating) blend of art, literature, haute couture and dance.
"The coat of arms of the Rothschild banking family. Their family's insignia is strikingly similar to the Royal Arms of England, and we do not think this is mere coincidence. Suggestively, their surname means "red shield." The red background of their family shield is identical to that found on the heraldic arms of the Byzantine emperors and Vatican. Although the Rothschilds are not of royal blood, they have served the Venetian and Hanoverian royals from whom their power is derived. Above his door, Amschel Mayer Rothschild displayed the solar eagle of Aton, with five arrows in its claws, nearly identical to that seen on the US one dollar bill." -- Michael Tsarion
The location selected to film the elite scenes is quite interesting. Mentmore Towers was built in the 19th century as a country house for a member of the most prominent and powerful elite family in the world: The Rothschilds. By selecting this location, was Kubrick trying to show his audience the “real world” equivalents to the ultra-elite shown in the movie? Incidentally, the name of Bill’s connection to the elite, Victor Ziegler, is of German-Jewish origin, like Rothschild.
Fidelio (originally named Leonore, oder Der Triumph der ehelichen Liebe; English: Leonore, or The Triumph of Marital Love), Op. 72, is a German opera with spoken dialogue by Ludwig van Beethoven, his only opera. The German libretto was originally prepared by Joseph Sonnleithner from the French of Jean-Nicolas Bouilly and the work premiered at Vienna's Theater an der Wien on 20 November 1805. The next year Stephan von Breuning (de) helped shorten the three acts to two. After further work on the libretto by Georg Friedrich Treitschke a final version performed at the Kärntnertortheater on 23 May 1814. By convention both of the first two versions are referred to as Leonore.
The opera tells how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named "Fidelio", rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison. Bouilly's scenario fits Beethoven's aesthetic and political outlook: a story of personal sacrifice, heroism and eventual triumph (the usual topics of Beethoven's "middle period") with its underlying struggle for liberty and justice mirroring contemporary political movements in Europe. Some notable moments in the opera include the "Prisoners' Chorus", an ode to freedom sung by a chorus of political prisoners, Florestan's vision of Leonore come as an angel to rescue him, and the scene in which the rescue finally takes place. The finale celebrates Leonore's bravery with alternating contributions of soloists and chorus.
GATEMAN 1 (polite and well-spoken)
Good morning, sir.
Can we be of any help you?
I suppose you'd like the password?
If you wouldn't mind, sir.
Thank you, sir.
The gate is opened.
Pook was hired after choreographer Yolande Snaith rehearsed the masked ball orgy scene using Pook's composition "Backwards Priests" – which features a Romanian Orthodox Divine Liturgy recorded in a church in Baia Mare, played backwards – as a reference track. Kubrick then called the composer and asked if she had anything else "weird" like that song, which was reworked for the final cut of the scene, with the title "Masked Ball". Pook ended up composing and recording four pieces of music, many times based on her previous work, totaling 24 minutes. The composer's work ended up having mostly string instruments – including a viola played by Pook herself – with no brass or woodwinds as Pook "just couldn't justify these other textures", particularly as she wanted the tracks played on dialogue-heavy scenes to be "subliminal" and felt such instruments would be intrusive.
Another track in the orgy, "Migrations", features a Tamil song sung by Manickam Yogeswaran, a Carnatic singer. The original cut had a scriptural recitation of the Bhagavad Gita, which Pook took from a previous Yogeswaran recording. As a result of Hindus protesting against their most sacred scripture being used in such a context,Warner Bros. issued a public apology, and hired the singer to record a similar track to replace the chant.
A couple wearing Venetian masks (more specifically “female jester” and “bauta” masks) slowly turn towards Bill and nod in a very creepy matter. Is this Ziegler and his wife? Perhaps. Kubrick likes to keep things mysterious.
I’m not sure what you think you are doing. You don’t belong here.
Film critic David Thomson asserts that [Viet] Harlan, having just started directing in 1935, was only able to attract Goebbels' attention because so much directorial talent had emigrated from Germany after the Nazis had taken power. By 1937, Joseph Goebbels had appointed Harlan as one of his leading propaganda directors. His most notorious film was Jud Süß (1940), which was made for anti-Semitic propaganda purposes in Germany and Austria. In 1943 it received UFA's highest awards. Karsten Witte, the film critic, provided a fitting appellation for Harlan calling him "the baroque fascist". Harlan made the Reich's loudest, most colorful and expensive films.
In heraldry and vexillology, the double-headed eagle is a charge associated with the concept of Empire.
The double-headed eagle motif appears to have its ultimate origin in the Ancient Near East, especially in Hittite iconography. It re-appears in the High Middle Ages, from ca. the 10th or 11th century, and was notably used in the Byzantine Empire, but 11th or 12th century representations are also known from Islamic Spain, France and Bulgaria, and from the 13th century onward it becomes more widespread, and is used in the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, Mamluk Egypt in the Islamic sphere, and in the Holy Roman Empire, Serbia and Russia in the Christian sphere.
Remove your cloths. Or would you like to have us remove them for you?
Let him go. I am ready to redeem him.
If you say a single word to anyone about what you have seen here tonight, there will be the most dire consequences for you and your family.
We… we were… we were in the deserted city. And… and our cloths were gone.
We were naked, and… and I was terrified! And I… and I felt ashamed.
Oh god… And I was angry with you because I thought it was your fault.
And you… you rushed away to go find cloths for us. And as soon as you were gone,
it was completely different. I… I felt wonderful. Then I was lying in a…
in a beautiful garden, stretched out naked in the sunlight. And a man walked
out of the woods. He was… he was the man from the hotel. The one I told you about.
The naval officer. He… He stared at me. And then he just laughed. He just laughed
But that’s not the end… is it?
Why don’t you tell me the rest of it?
No it’s… it’s too awful.
It was only a dream.
He ugh… He was kissing me. And then… then we were making love. And there were
all these other people around us, hundreds of them everywhere and… everyone was
#. And then I… I was # other men. So many I… I don’t know how many I was
with. And I knew you could see me in the arms of all these men just… just # all
these men. And I… I wanted to make fun of you, to laugh in your face. And so I laughed
as loud as I could. And that must have been when you woke me up.
And there were all these other people around us, hundreds of them everywhere and… everyone was #.
And I was # other men.
A former Miss New York was
rushed to New York Hospital this
morning in critical condition after a
drug overdose, police sources said.
Amanda Curran, 30, was found un-
conscious in her room at the Florence
Hotel by security personnel after her
agent asked them to check on her be-
Hotel by security personnel after her
agent asked them to check on her be-
(lower part of the article cropped out of shot)
…any crime against Miss Curran, but
we would like to talk to these two
men to see what they can tell us
about her final hours” before she was
discovered, the spokesman said.
Officials decline to say what drug or
drugs Curran OD’d on. It was unclear
if there was anyone in the room with
her at the time she ingested the
her at the time she ingested the
Her sister, Jane Curran, told The
Post, “the overdose must have been
an accident. Mandy and I were as
close as sisters can get. We didn’t
have any secrets. If there had been
anything wrong, she would have told
(lower part of article cropped out of shot, but you see the words ‘emotionally’ & ‘teenager’)
She said that her sister was not to-
tally satisfied with her career, but
was still hoping to turn her beauty
pageant success into an acting gig.
“Things hadn’t gone as well as she’d
expected after winning the Miss New
York title, but she was considering
several television offers.
“She has many important friends in
the fashion and entertainment worlds
“She has many important friends in
the fashion and entertainment worlds
and she believed she’d break through
in the end. It was just a matter of
After being hired for a series of
magazine ads for London fashion de-
signer Leon Vitali, rumors began cir-
culating of an affair between the two.
Soon after hiring, Vitali empire
insiders were reporting that their
boss adored Curran - not for how
she wore his stunning cloths in pub-
lic, but for how she wowed him by
taking them off in private, seductive
Revealed by Kubrick’s widow in 2010, the disappearance of Vivian into the hands of Scientologists takes on a special resonance after viewing “Eyes Wide Shut,” a film with a deeply lethal atmosphere. Vachaud mentions the disturbing scene where Bill Harford, shocked and upset, learns from a newspaper of the brutal death of Mandy, a young woman whom he was unable to save, while Mozart’s “Requiem” plays. Vachaud concludes that “after this moment, it is hard not to see all of ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ as a father’s requiem for his lost daughter.”
Bill, suppose I told you that everything that happened to you there,
the threats the girls warnings, the last minute intervention, suppose
I told you that was staged, that it was a kind of charade, that it
Workers at the Florence told police
she had not been seen since 4 a.m.,
when she returned to the hotel accom-
panied by two men. The staff said the
men seemed to be holding a giggling
Curran upright as they brought her
into the posh hotel.
Police have been unable to locate
the two men, but a police spokesman
said they did not suspect foul play in
Jane, a 26-year old perfume consul-
cant, said that her sister was emo-
tonally troubled as a teenager, but
had managed to put it behind her.
“She’d undergone treatment and had de-
pression in her teens….
She got her brains # out, period. When they took her home
she was just fine. And the rest of it is right there in the paper
she was a junky, she OD’d. There was nothing suspicious, the
door was locked from the inside, the police are happy, end of story!
Come on. It was always just a matter of time with her, remember?
You told her yourself! The one with the great tits that OD’d in my
Listen Bill, nobody killed anybody. Someone died. It happens all the time.
But life goes on, it always does, until it doesn’t. But you know that don’t you?
The role: Victor Ziegler
Who got it: Sydney Pollack
Stanley Kubrick considered Woody Allen to play a supporting role in his final long-gestating project, but for whatever reason, Sydney Pollack ended up taking the part. Kubrick may have intended to cast Allen before the whole Soon-Yi fiasco, and the 1990s weren’t exactly the best time to cast Allen in a project about sexual obsession. Starring in a psychological drama from another acclaimed director would have been a smart move for Allen, but he claims he was never offered the part.
IMDb and WENN have reported that Stanley Kubrick wanted Woody Allen for Tom Cruise’s role in the movie. This hasn’t been confirmed from outside sources, but given how long Kubrick was working on this one, it’s possible he envisioned Allen in the role during Eyes Wide Shut‘s early goings in the ’80s. Allen denies ever being approached, saying about Kubrick, “He never called me. Maybe in conversation he thought it was a good idea, but came to his senses somewhere along the line.”
Vivian Kubrick’s membership in Scientology was in the news again at the end of July when a 29-minute video created by the site Gasface and titled “Kubrick & The Illuminati” appeared on the web (see below). With images showing most of Vachaud’s theories (Vachaud narrated the film), this web documentary recalls the importance of mind control techniques in Kubrick’s films and mentions the scene with Mozart’s “Requiem.” Vachaud adds something new that didn’t appear in his article: in the last scene of “Eyes Wide Shut,” when the Harfords discuss their marriage in a toy store, their daughter seems to be kidnapped in a disturbing scene in the background.
Indeed, one of the film’s last images shows the child at the end of a store aisle surrounded by three men. Vachaud points out that they were already present early in the movie at the party thrown by Victor Ziegler (Sydney Pollack), an influential member of the secret society that Tom Cruise discovers. The cult thus seems to be shadowing the Harford family, and it’s possible that the daughter will be kidnapped by them — another echo of Vivian Kubrick’s fate, since she disappeared after becoming a Scientologist. Vachaud even suggests that Alice Harford is an accomplice to the kidnapping and that she purposely distracts her husband during it. This seems a natural explanation for Kidman’s anxious, guilty look during the scene.
Kubrick’s film ends in a toy shop, a place of artifice unlike Schnitzler’s Dream Novella which ends in the conjugal bed room with a beam of sunlight streaming in with bird song mingled with the child’s laughter enhancing the happy resolution of marital conflicts. I think the film ends there for the same reason that the orgy is mechanized and for the same reason that the film as a whole is shot on a set (all be it a Symbolist New York). They are perfectly controlled environments of late capitalism where all things and relations are under the reign of standardized exchange of commodities as signs.
Alice: But I do love you. And you know there is something very important that we need to do as soon as possible.
Bill: What’s that?
As Tim Kreider said, “critical disappointment with Eyes Wide Shut was almost unanimous and the complaint was always the same; not sexy.” True, it didn’t show Tom and Nicole making love nor was the orgy orgiastic. But the film’s colour and light left me breathless, wanting more and more. My encounter with the behaviour of colour (and I insist on the activity of colour rather than its meaning which seems to me a more art historical concern) drew me into the film. Eyes Wide Shut is strangely animated by the colours of the vegetal/floral paintings done by Christiane Kubrick (the director’s wife). Strange because these colours seem to jump out of the frames on the walls, strewn with these paintings, creating an ornamented garden of artifice in the couple’s affluent New York apartment.
Stanley was concerned with everything from the lighting to the timing of the camera movements, and even down to my exact shade of lip color and the tone of my skin for the morgue scene.
He was meticulous about the mask scenes in Eyes Wide Shut. I recall waiting for the paint to dry on the main mask with the feathers which I think was painted at least 3 times until the exact shades and tones and right color combinations were reached to Stanley’s approval. Oh, and the feather mask?… I chose it. Stanley liked my choice.
We wouldn’t want to deny that the film is full of connections, mirrorings, and echoes, but at the same time how far can we go into the interpretive without finding ourselves just as easily making counter-readings that cancel the other one out? Let’s propose there are two ways into Kubrick’s film without simply taking it at face value. The first is the interpretive one offered by Kreider, Ager and to a lesser degree Chion; and the other is our own and that we will call speculative. Both respond to the hermeneutic impulse, but one insists on reduction, the other, we can argue, expansion. Where Kreider believes the American Empire “at the end of the millennium, is one in which the wealthy, powerful, and privileged use the rest of us like throwaway products, covering up their crimes with shiny surfaces and murder, ultimately dooming their own children to servitude and whoredom,” do we have to agree?
You could contribute and get him to see your way of thinking but not by telling him, ‘I think it should be like this’ which would bring up the brick wall. It had to be thinking out loud with no ego attached.
That was how the second bathroom scene was totally rewritten and re-blocked with me thinking out loud that “I’m feeling like Mandy would want to say and do this…” to which Tom and Sydney would interject. The entire scene was rewritten by the three of us on the spot. Because everyone else around him was excellent, that made his ideas even greater.
Stanley over-estimated the intelligence of his audience, and because of this, audiences would look on in awe.