When confronted by an unfathomable enigma, it is human nature to imagine a conspiracy exists in the shadows. This is true with Stanley Kubrick’s last and perhaps most profound film: Eyes Wide Shut, starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. Some creative thinkers attracted to this cinematic conundrum believe Kubrick was murdered for making the movie, his adaption of a book titled Dream Story, a tale they sense, or believe, is grounded in reality. Meanwhile the mystery of the movie’s message has remained unsolved and unreported. PluribusOne™ Consulting reveals, first of all, a key clue: There is a conspiratorial aspect of the story, and the undiscovered conspirator is the viewer.
This story reveals an unsettling truth via an allegory based on the mythical “fall” of Adam and Eve, the archetypal tale that plays out on Earth in the perpetual rise and fall of sexual relationships, a fate sealed by a seed of desire shared by both sexes, a seed that contains the drive for both monogamy and promiscuity, a seed nurtured consciously (or unconsciously) through combinations of self-disclosure (or veiled threats) and intentional deception (or unwitting self-deception) on the part of both spouses—a balancing of safety and risky business. Like the seed of anything, the film’s impregnating “moment of truth” is shown and yet occulted in the very beginning where Nicole’s character sheds a dress with half-slip in favor of skimpy panties and a dress with a long split that allows glimpses of her thighs, revealing to the audience her conscious effort to push the boundaries of her allure at the Christmastime gathering with wealthy strangers (who seek attractive recruits for their sex club).
At the party, she flirts openly with one particular man, and not spontaneously; she and Tom have attended these parties before. Tom flirts with two young fashion models while Nicole, inebriated by champagne and hormones, dances in the arms of the tall and seductive Hungarian while indulging her inclination to fantasize, a fact she discloses to Tom after their return to the home lined with Garden of Eden-like paintings. Yet Tom misses the point of her disclosure and her mocking: She is warning him to pay better attention to her erotic needs if he hopes to preserve their marriage, a feat that can only be achieved by allowing himself to wear a mask of pretense that will allow her to imagine him as other men—a military officer, a domineering Hungarian, and others who are more sexually aggressive and authoritative—more reptilian—than naïve medical doctor Tom who understands the workings of the female body but not the female mind. Masks, as both a symbol and as artifacts of pagan sex rituals, are shown throughout the film, along with more symbols of Eden (including background music lyrics: “…baby did a bad, bad thing…”).
Humanity is the most secretive “secret society,” and the secret is about a lie that “lies” within the darkness of the psyche, which is why film viewers—even professional critics—failed to understand what the story is really about: that neither men nor women are inherently monogamous, that marriage is a culturally-contrived fiction that two-become-one through a ceremony, even when both, garbed in vows as fragile as fig leaves, believe it can be permanent. Both Tom and Nicole’s eyes are “wide shut”—physically open, yet largely unaware—whereas members of the cult lodge/”house” have their eyes wide open, adherent to their own code of behavior based on concepts of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity, concepts that serve as cornerstones of Freemasonry as well as the structure of charters of nations such as France and the United States. Although the film is fiction, not a documentary, Kubrick offered clues and added unmistakable visuals that allude to the Ordo Templi Orientis, an organization that follows a theology primarily based on the Thelemic writings of Aleister Crowley.
This post is intended to be provocative, to further demonstrate the Noetitek™ meta-tools while stimulating questions and a dialogue about the film and matters it addresses.
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Tags: Adam and Eve, Aleister Crowley, Dream Story, Eyes Wide Shut analysis, Eyes Wide Shut message, Freemasonry, Hell-fire Club, human nature, monogamy, Nicole Kidman, Ordo Templi Orientis, OTO, pagan rituals, Stanley Kubrick, Thelema, Tom Cruise