The Hidden (And Not So Hidden) Messages in Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” (pt. III)

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In the third and final part of this series on Eyes Wide Shut, we’ll look at Bill’s journey as a whole and at its underlying esoteric meaning. We’ll see how symbolism placed by Kubrick connects all of the women in the movie, making Bill’s encounters a multi-faceted exploration of the feminine principle.


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Note: It is recommended that you read the first and second part of this series first. Also, again, gigantic spoilers.

The previous parts of this series of articles on Eyes Wide Shut was solely dedicated to the secret society discovered by Bill. This elite club, attended by the world’s most powerful people, deals with Satanism, black magick and even ritual sacrifices. Aided by his friend Nightingale, Bill infiltrates one of the secret society’s occult rituals and witnesses a ceremony presided over by a high priest. Then an orgy ensued.

In the second article, I explained how real life secret societies, such as the Hellfire club and the O.T.O., actually practice these kinds of rituals. The occult principles behind them derive from Tantric yoga, where the energy generated by physical arousal is used to reach a “higher state”. This concept was reused (and maybe corrupted) by Aleister Crowley who called it “Sex Magick”. According to him and his peers, knowledge of this type of magick was the biggest secret of past secret societies and was only disclosed to the highest initiates.

There is, however, no (direct) mention of any of this in Eyes Wide Shut. In fact, the ceremony witnessed by Bill, with its elaborate choreography and its creepy music, appears to be one big, empty, phony piece of dramatic theater that simply exists to give the rich people some kind of mystical reason to engage in gratuitous debauchery. While Kubrick stripped the occult ritual of all of its esoteric, “magickal” meaning, he did infuse the entire movie with it. If one looks at the pace of the movie, at Bill’s journey and the people he encounters, it becomes somewhat apparent that the “magick” does not occur during the ritual itself but during the movie as a whole. Was Kubrick somehow initiated to occult secrets? Was he trying to communicate them through his movie? Let’s look at the concepts behind the ritual.

Kundalini Rising

The concept of magick through reproductive forces is said to originate from ancient ritual practices, as traces of it can be found in Hinduism, Taoism and in Medieval secret societies, such as the Knight Templars. In today’s Western world, the O.T.O is said to be the heir of this path as it claimed by Aleister Crowley and his acolyte, Theodor Reuss.

“Theodor Reuss was quite categoric: the OTO was a body of initiates in whose hands was concentrated the secret knowledge of all oriental orders and of all existing Masonic degrees.(…) The order had “rediscovered” the great secret of the Knights Templar, the magic of sex, not only the key to ancient Egyptian and hermetic tradition, but to all the secrets of nature, all the symbolism of Freemasonry, and all systems of religion.”
– Peter Tomkins, The Magic of Obelisks

The basic principle behind this “great secret” is the raising of the Kundalini or “life force”, an energy that can be used for magickal purposes.

“In all Tantric magic, the essential requirement – whether in the ecstasy of couples or the solo ritual of a priestess – involved the raising of the energy known as the serpent of fire, or kundalini. This mysterious energy described as lying dormant in the lowest of the seven chakras, can be aroused by two distinct methods, called, traditionally, the right- and the left-hand path. The right hand allots supremacy to the male principle, the left to the feminine. As the serpent power is aroused, according to clairvoyants, it climbs up the backbone of the adept, energizing each chakra, till it emerges from the skull – symbolically as the snake’s head like those so clearly depicted in Egyptian statuary.

(…)

As adepts describe the rising of the serpent, it unites with the “many-petaled louts of the cerebral region” to bring about illumination – or the highest form of initiation -as the current “climbs from the duality to unity by reversing the path it originally took the chakras to procreate humanity.”

Details of the OTO’s initiation into Hindu and Tibetan Tantra, including ceremonies involving the use of “exudation” from specifically trained priestess were brought to a wider public by Crowley’s follower Kenneth Grant. Sacred courtesans, experts in ritual eroticism, known in India as nautch girls (…) were exceptionally honored.”
– Ibid.

While sacred courtesans were “exceptionally honored” in Eastern esotericism, today’s twisted black magic orders use Beta Programming slaves and dispose of them when they are through with them. In short, the exact opposite of being “exceptionally honored”.

Kundalini rising, the concept behind Tantric magic is wholly represented in a single image, Eliphas Levi’s depiction of Baphomet.

This famous depiction of Baphomet depicts all of the behind S Magick - the rising of the kundalini (represented by the phallic pole and two serpents) through the union of opposite forces. The torch above the goat head represents illuminatation.
This famous depiction of Baphomet includes all of the symbols behind Sex Magick – the rising of the kundalini (represented by the phallic pole wrapped by two serpents) through the union of opposite forces. The torch above the goat head represents illumination.

So what does all of this have to do with Eyes Wide Shut? At first glance, nothing much. While we see a ritual involving “sacred courtesans” in the movie, there is absolutely no mention of “kundalini rising” during the whole thing. However, if we take a closer look at Bill’s journey as a whole, from the beginning of the movie to the end, we realize that the real ritual does not occur at the elite mansion, but within Bill’s head. As he encounters new women and is exposed to new opportunities, his kundalini rises – and Kubrick added clues to denote this fact.

The Movie as a Ritual

While Eyes Wide Shut appears to be all about sexuality, nobody in the movie ever reaches climax. While Bill has many chances of satisfying his urges with attractive women, it never actually happens. However, as the movie progresses, there’s a definite increase in desire and lust, but Bill manages to keep it under control. Managing this “life force” is at the core of Tantric magic. Viewers are constantly reminded of this process several times during the movie when Bill imagines his wife with a naval officer. Each flash is increasingly intense – going from kissing to all-out copulating.

In each flash, Bill sees thing becoming more intense between his wife and the naval officer. These scenes reflect the increasing sexual tension of Bill's journey.
As the movie progress, Bill’s flashes of Alice cheating on him become more intense. Towards the end of the movie, she’s about to reach climax. These scenes reflect Bill’s kundalini rising. Having these flashes would be hurtful and painful and they remind the viewers that Bill’s journey started out of pain and humiliation.
Towards the end of the movie, tension is so high that Bill gets flirty and touchy with a complete stranger, minutes after he met her. While that scene was rather odd, it emphasized the ever-increasing level of tension in the movie. Also, to emphasize duality, that girl immediately told Bill that her roomate had AIDS...which is kind of a mood killer.
Towards the end of the movie, Bill is so horny that he gets flirty and grabby with a complete stranger, minutes after he met her. While that scene was rather odd and surreal, it reflects his “progress” in the ritual.

The very last lines of the movie conclude and define Bill’s journey. After running around New York and getting aroused by all kinds of stuff, Bill stands face-to-face with his wife and talks about how “awake” he is now. With his “life force” fully charged, Alice ends the movie with a phrase completing the ritual:

“- I do love you. And you know, there is something very important that we need to do a soon as possible.
– What’s that?
– F*ck.”

Ending the movie on that particular note suggests that the entire journey was one of increasing intensity, one that ultimately lead to a “magickally charged ” climax, the goal of Crowleyan-magick.

Bill’s journey was not all fun and games, however. As the movie progresses, there is a constant back-and-forth between pleasure and pain, attraction and repulsion, life and death, and so forth. The path is all about duality and, just like the floors of Masonic lodges are checkered in black and white, Bill’s journey consists on his alternatively stepping on black and white tiles – seeing the dualistic nature of all things.

Eros and Thanatos

Bill’s night out in New York City is characterized by numerous encounters with the female gender – each one of them offering a “cure” to a broken heart. However, each encounter also bears a potentially destructive aspect to it, one that counterbalances its appeal and attraction. While Bill is looking to procreate, he sees that his urges engender pain and even death. Bill’s journey is therefore a back-and-forth between man’s two basic impulses as defined by Freud: Eros and Thanatos.

Freud saw in Eros the instinct for life, love and sexuality in its broadest sense, and in Thanatos, the instinct of death, aggression. Eros is the drive toward attraction and reproduction; Thanatos toward repulsion and death. One leads to the reproduction of the species, the other toward its own destruction. While each one of Bill’s encounters promise the sweet temptation of lust, they also have a destructive counter side.

Bill's first encounter occurs when he visits one of his regular patients that died. His married daughter hits on him before her husband steps in. In this scene, we the juxtaposition of lust and desire with death and betrayal.
Bill’s first encounter occurs when he visits one of his regular patients that died. The dead patient’s daughter kisses Bill and tells him that she loves him. We therefore see in this scene a juxtaposition of concepts of lust and desire with death. Also, if Bill went with this woman, it would ultimately hurt her husband – another bad side of succumbing to lust.

Each one of Bill’s female encounters promises gratification, but ends up being interrupted by something negative, such as guilt or potential danger. Also, every time Bill is in contact with the sleazy-yet-tempting aspects of lust (prostitution or slavery), he quickly discovers the dark, exploitative and destructive side of it.

For instance, right after Bill enjoyed the “delights” of seeing MK Kittens at work at the elite ritual, when returning his costume, he immediately sees the dark side of it all. The shop owner, who previously caught his underage daughter with two Asian businessmen and was outraged by it, had a sudden change of heart.

Standing at the opposite side of the counter, the shop owner sells his underage daughter as if she was another product. After enjoying the glamor of masked slaves in lavish rituals, Bill sees the other side of the "trade": Young girls being sold by exploitative people to a system feeding on p********a.
Standing behind his business counter, the shop owner sells his underage daughter as if she was another product. After enjoying masked slaves in lavish rituals, Bill sees the other side of the “trade”: Young girls being sold by exploitative people to a system feeding on minors, turning them into MK slaves. Is that why this store was called “Rainbow”?

Bill’s journey is therefore one that continually alternates between the primal allure of lust and the destructive social constructs that are erected around it. There is nothing more basic and instinctual than carnal attraction, but our modern world has made these relations complex, bound by rules, and prone to exploitation. While lust is nature’s way of pushing humans to procreate, social constructs have created all kinds fetishes, distortions, games, and perversions around this primal urge … to the point that it has been denatured and debased into an unhealthy obsession.

As Bill navigates between joy and pain, monogamous marriage and anonymous debauchery, we notice that there’s a common thread uniting his various encounters.

Red-Headed Women

The most important women in the movie are Bill’s wife, his daughter Helena, Amanda (the Beta slave who was sacrificed at the ritual) and Domino (a prostitute he met on the street). All three adult women are somewhat physically similar as they are tall, well-proportioned, and red-headed. They also appear to be connected on “another level”.

While Alice is a respectable, upper-class lady, she makes a living using her looks in loveless relationship, a little like what a prostitute would do. On the other hand, the time spent between Bill and Domino is sweet and tender, a little with what happens in a loving relationship. Alice is therefore not very different from Domino, and vice-versa.

There are also links with Amanda. While Alice was (probably) not at the occult ritual attended by Bill, when he comes back from it, she describes to him a dream that is similar to what he just witnessed and what Amanda just experienced.

“He was kissing me. Then we were making love. Then there were all these other people around us, hundreds of them, everywhere. Everyone was f-cking. And then I …I was f-cking other men. So many. I don’t know how many I was with. And I knew you could see me in the arms of all these men … just f-cking all these men.”

Alice’s dream “connects” her with Amanda who was at the ritual and who actually lived Alice’s dream.

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The day after the ritual, Bill finds his mask creepily “sleeping” next to his wife. Is this Alice’s way of saying that she’s aware of what’s going on? Maybe that she’s participating in this? Is it a warning from the secret society? Alice never acknowledges the mask, so I guess we’ll never know.

Was Domino at the ritual? It is also interesting to point out that “Domino” is a type of mask used in these types of gatherings.

A Domino mask
A Domino mask

Looking closer at the “magic circle” formed by the women of the ritual, we can identify a few women who could be Domino. The day after the ritual, Bill shows up at Domino’s house with a gift, but her roommate informs him that she is HIV-positive … and that she might never be back again. Is this true or was Domino yet another “casualty” in Bill’s journey?  Like Amanda and Nightingale, Domino mysteriously disappears after the ritual.

The fact that these women are all connected reveals one fundamental fact: Bill’s journey is not about a specific woman, it is about the feminine principle as a whole. It is an esoteric quest to understand and “be one with” the feminine principle that is opposite to his.

Helena Down the Same Path?

Throughout the movie, Helena (Bill’s daughter) is shown to be groomed to be another Alice. There are also some cues linking Helena to Domino. For instance, there’s a stroller in front of Domino’s apartment and, at the end in the movie, in the toy store, Helena is very interested by a stroller and shows it to her mother.

Domino laying there with a feline plush toy, a symbol of Beta Kitten programming.
Domino on her bed with a stuffed feline, a symbol of Beta Kitten programming.
An entire row of this toy is at the store where Helena shops at the final scene of the movie.
An entire row of this exact same toy is at the store where Helena shops in the final scene of the movie.

There is also something strange about the scene above: the two men behind Helena happened to be at Ziegler’s party at the very beginning of the movie.

The two same men at Zeigler's party.
The two same men at Ziegler’s party: same hair, same physical stature and the guy on the right wears similar glasses.

Why are these two men in the store, looking at toys? Is New York City such a small town? Was Kubrick lacking extras to appear in that scene? Unlikely. Could it be that they’re part of the secret society that’s been following Bill and his family? Strange fact: When the men walk away and disappear from the shot, Helena appears to follow them … and we don’t see her for the rest of the movie. The camera indeed zooms onto Alice and Bill, who are completely absorbed with themselves. Is this a VERY subtle way of saying that their daughter will be sucked in by the Beta slave system of the secret society? Another enigma.

In Conclusion

Stanley Kubrick’s works are never strictly about love or relationships. The meticulous symbolism and the imagery of all of his works often communicate another dimension of meaning–one that transcends the personal to become a commentary on our epoch and civilization. And, in this transitional period between the end of 20th century and the beginning of the 21th century, Kubrick told the story of a confused man who wanders around, desperately looking for a way to satisfy his primal urges. Kubrick told the story of a society that is completely debased and corrupted by hidden forces, where humanity’s most primal urge–procreation–has been cheapened, fetishized, perverted, and exploited to a point that it has lost all of its beauty. At the top of this world is a secret society that revels in this context, and thrives on it. Kubrick’s outlook on the issue was definitely not idealistic nor very optimistic.

His grim tale focuses on a single man, Bill, who is looking for an undefined something. Even if he appears to have everything, there is something missing in his life. Something visceral and fundamental that is never put into words, but that is quite palpable. Bill cannot be complete if he is not at peace with the opposite of him: the feminine principle. Bill’s quest, therefore, follows the esoteric principle of uniting two opposite forces into one. As suggested by the last lines of the movie, Bill will ultimately “be one” and get physical with his wife. After that, the alchemical process and the Tantric ritual would be complete. However, as Kubrick somehow communicates in the final scene, even if these two extremely self-absorbed, egoistical and superficial people believe they’ve reached a some kind of epiphany, what does it really change? Our civilization as a whole still has its eyes wide shut … and those were Kubrick’s last cinematographic words.

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I want to address the use of rainbow symbolism used in this movie, and its use alongside the Chistmas tree and its lights. The whole point of yogic practices in eastern cultures, be they tantric or any other branch of yoga, is to attain one's "Rainbow Body". The rainbow body is the "Light Body", a body made of light and hence many colours. This is "Enlightenment", the attainment of a higher vibration and the transcendence of the need to manifest a physical body. We put Christmas trees up at Christmas time and trim them with bright coloured lights. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ. Jesus the Christ achieved Transfiguration. In other words he achieved the Rainbow Body, and could manifest a physical body if he so chose but was no longer tied to the physical plane. He ascended into "heaven". There are two worlds in… Read more »

So so sooooo well written and communicated. I was absolutely enthralled!!

Great explanation. However, cutting down trees, bringing them indoors, and decorating them is a Pagan ritual. The Bible condemns such behavior.

Spells and Magick, even freemasonry, were not originally what is shown in this movie. Freemasons have highly noble principles. And magick as defined by Aleister Crowley is the purest state one can reach. “One’s true will” is actually one’s own truth, that is not false, that is not corrupt, it is one’s destiny, that can’t and shouldn’t be stopped, it’s a natural force of the universe. It is not mind control, it is becoming what one is. It is not used for power. That would be the result of corruption. “Do what thou wilt” means one’s TRUE will.
One cannot will anything to happen if it is not aligned with his truth. That said, there are many different ways to enlightenment.

Dark magic is different, and I believe there is a fine line between dark magic and the other, just as our whole world is designed.

Is it possible Bill's sexual orientation is being questioned throughout the film? One of the "models" from the party is named Nuala (there is a special point being made to spell it out). Nuala is an alternate name for Úna (perhaps meaning "lamb"), wife of Finnbheara, king of the fairies. Is the "end of the rainbow" homosexuality and the "wife of the king of fairies" is going to take him there? The other model knows Bill from a previous encounter where she has dust in her eye and Bill helps her get it out, thus to be able to see clearly again. Alice asks Bill why he has never been jealous of her, his answer is "I don't know Alice, maybe because your my WIFE". Maybe he is not jealous because she is a woman. She says back to him "you seem pretty sure of yourself" and he replies, "no,… Read more »

That’s the trouble with art and metaphor. Nearly anything can symbolize nearly anything else.

I personally think that the elite wanted this movie made. They own the media and if they didn't want this movie released, it wouldn't have been. This is a message to the sheeple: we own you, we are powerful, and we are painting the world with our colors. Welcome to our world. Our way of life is coming to your pathetic little world very soon and there isn't anything you can do about it. Our values will be your values and our morals your morals….I think if they could turn us all into monarch slaves, they would! Jesus come soon and put an end to this tyranny!

I think they were pretty pissed. I heard that Stanley Kubrick used actual Illuminati ritualistic behavior and placed it in the movie. He also died 6 days after the first full edit…. Which is creepy and suspicious if you ask me

well the rainbow flag, and gay rights, and the kids on the street call tom cruise a switch hitter. I smell symbolizim! and under the rainbow was the shop, over th rainbow was the wizard of oz song, and Judy garland was gay right activist. just plain weird if you ask me, and the wizard of oz was targeted at children! creepy dark side of the moon pink floyd lines up with the wiz of oz. Which had a rainbow on the cover, dont forget we have never seen the dark side of the moon. the moon doesent spin. too many weird hings just happen to be alike….

The moon is a feminine symbol. ‘There is no dark side of the moon, really…matter of fact…it’s all dark. The only thing that makes it look light is the sun.’

Facinating article and analysis. I believe that Amanda is Domino. Why would Amanda, a complete stranger, offer to die in place of Bill when he is about to pay a heavy price for attending the ritual. We were given the answer when Domino's roommate said she was diagnosed with Aids. She also said that Domino told her that Bill was very kind to her. That is why she is Amanda and she died for Bill because she was already going to die.

Amanda sacrificed herself for Bill because Bill initially saved her life when she was overdosing in the beginning. Amanda also understood her fate was doomed anyhow, the desperation of her failed career lead her to be in this situation, and it was only a matter of time until it caught up with her. Ironically in her choice to “redeem” Bill, she also redeemed herself because she was partaking in satanic and ritualistic practices which called for habitual abuse and ritual murder, so she removed the mark on her soul by perpetuating an act of unconditional love, positioning herself in the place of the violator just as Jesus did. Lol interesting parallel.

Mmmmm, negative. Amanda is the woman in Victor’s bathroom ODing at the Christmas party. Domino cant be Amanda because Amanda was a beauty queen, we learn this when Dr. Bill is reading the newspaper about her death. Domino is not a BQ nor is she living the post BQ life in the dump of an apartment with a roommate.

No-one has mentioned the scene where Bill is leaning over the woman in the morgue for an unreasonably long time as if he is going to kiss her! He falls into a trance and is hypnotically drawn closer and closer. It is quite unnerving.

I too thought about that scene at the time and surmised he was smelling her perfume to see if it was the same woman.

Remember he never saw the woman’s face at the event.

He moved in so slowly as he was afraid of what the “answer” was going to be.

These three articles are very impressive! I enjoyed everything in what you wrote, and your vision of so many détails is humbling (for my wide shut eyes). This is a very good and probably very pertinent interpretation of the movie. I would like to know, in your opinion, why Kubrik used a different actress for Mandy (Julienne Davis) and the girl who helps him (Abigail Good). These two actresses were they playing the same character? Was Kubrik playing with the spectator, as he usually does?

Well done, VC!!!! Amazing attention to detail and your connectivity was out of this world! I haven’t had a read this good and spot on in a while. I was actually watching the movie and reading along with the article. I’ve seen this move before many times and have deduced quite a large amount myself, but the mentioning of Bill’s journey and his Kundalini rising towards the end blew my mind. I loved reading every bit of these articles and thank you for your brilliant and very well articulated thoughts. Stanley Kubric truly left a masterpiece in his wake. The additional irony I noticed is that I am watching this on July 16th which is the exact release date of the film 17 years ago. Gave me chills. Also made me feel old. Lol thank you for what you do!

Very nice article. I watched this movie recently and was in awe of it. But your article helped me understand it's true beauty.

Very nice analysis! but some things are a little far-fetched (in my opinion) considering the fact that the movie is based on the 1925 novel 'Traumnovelle' (I think in English it is called Dreamstory) by Arthur Schnitzler. Dont get me wrong I think you did a great job, I just feel that since the movie is very similar to the original plot one shouldnt 'over-interpret' . nevertheless really interesting series of articles

You are correct. But I do not believe the author of the book was intending to portray, what the director of the movie portrayed. The director created “his perception” of the book, or perhaps what he was told to include in his perception.

Baphomet is shown above with 3 lowest chakras. Mooladhar , Swadhisthaan and Manipur Chakra. The chakras are where the sushumna (central pole) , Ida and Pingla (two crossing serpents) intersect. The story of Baphomet’s enlightenment finishes on 3 chakras only. One secret of Tantra : Beings with three chakras cannot survive for long on their own. They need support from beings of full chakra system using certain rituals. Humans are one type of beings with all 7 chakras. They can access realities which a 3 chakra being cannot access , no matter how powerful it is. Alister was absolutely right saying that about Tantra. On top of Baphomet is a pentagram. This symbol is used to invoke life energies (Sanjeevni shakti) in Tantra from specific sources (deities or Gods). 7 Chakra beings can access those shakti directly after initiation from an enlightened Guru. Lower chakra beings might need complex procedures.… Read more »

how do you get rid of this 3 chakra plugged in parasite…if you happen to become a victim of it nowadays?
I’m under the impression that it is a form of negative energy that is intangible as well as invisible to the average human senses. Utter vulnerability!
What to do? Seriously.

You get rid of it by accepting the name of Jesus and commanding this “energy”, which is really another word for evil spirit, to leave you. Only as followers of Christ can you gain true enlightenment and fulfillment. He is the alpha and the omega. Beginner and ender my friend. Follow him and you will find the light and the light will destroy the darkness one day.

In Tantra , a human body is used in order to either live or roast past Karma. Entire Tantra is focused on how Previous(before this moment) Karmas can be channeled into manifestation through various processes (practices). Therefore not everybody can rise to highest echelons on powers within these societies. The high priests select those with required backlogs . Notice the hand gestures of Bephomet. His hands are sealed in two different ‘Hasta Mudras’ which are part of Yogic Meditational and Dance systems. Mudra means a seal or a stamp. What does it seal ? It seals Karma , or rather the channels through which certain types of Karmas can Manifest. These mudras also bring specific psychological and physical effects if hands are sealed in these Mudras at certain time of the day , for a particular duration , while doing some specific tasks. The mudra on its right hand is… Read more »

Domino is a bit of a strange name for a prostitute, I wonder, if the name is hinting to the domino programming. Google domino programming illuminati to find out more.

Another out there possibility behind the rainbow symbolism could be found in flat earth conspiracy, which has really taken off only in the last two years. According to flat earthers, the rainbow is actually a side effect of the dome above us (the “firmament”) reflecting light off of water droplets, and is the biggest dead give away right in front of our eyes of the ancient descriptions of our world being true, and the modern view being a lie. If the flat earth conspiracy is real, information about the dome above us would be the ultimate occult knowledge and incorporating rainbows would make sense as they love to throw the truth in our faces. The end of the rainbow could refer to Antarctica which in FE theory is a giant ring of ice holding in the oceans beyond which presumably this dome would touch down at some point. This could… Read more »

I think when the news paper said “lucky to be alive” Stanley Kubrick was referring to himself. I do believe he sacrificed himself to be able to illuminate a peice of the dark puzzle of the global cult elite.

Also I think Alice was drugged and raped at one of their rituals. The man at the beginning wanted her bad and he most likely takes part in the rituals. I think that is why Bill and Alice are crying at the end once the mask is found on the bed. Almost as the cult saying “yeah we f****d your wife.” If they can sneak in to move the mask then they can do anything like drug Alice and take her to a ritual. I think that is what made Bill break down in tears at the end. He knew.

The best piece I ever read about any movie… Kudos to you!

This is a really interesting analysis, however, it fails to recognize the fact that it’s an adaptation of the German novel “Dream Story.” The movie is much more sexual, leaving little implied to its viewers as compared to the novel, and to which Freud actually responded that the author Arthur Schnitzler was his literary counterpart.

This movie will be good without the sex addiction that is behind it…why every little scene must have sex? I doubt if the elite really doesn’t want this movie…they want the masses to be addicted to sex

Props on the fantastic take on a movie that I, myself, have picked apart. A very well reasoned and thought out article which is resonating with me at a very high level. We could literally discuss this move for years as the mystery is pealed back layer by layer.

Something else I noticed that didn't see mentioned… there's a part at the end of the movie where Helena picks up a Barbie to show to her parents, while Christmas shopping, and one of the Barbie's eyes is covered with her hair. So, again with the whole one-eye thing.

Good catch.

Great write-up! One thing I thought about with Alice is that she was a representation of Babalon… http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babalon

The white mask that Tom Cruise wears in 'Eyes Wide Shut' appears, to me, to be an exact replica of his own face. This is especially noticeable when the mask is seen on the pillow next to Nicole Kidman. Does anyone else see this, or is it just me?

I see the resemblance to Tom Cruise in the mask as well. The mask maker for the movie probably used his face as a mold for the mask. As a result, the mask doesn't really hide his identity at the ritual which may have been intentional.There may be other masks in the movie that reveal the true identity of the people wearing them. I read that Kubrick personally picked each Venetian mask that each actor was to wear. These masks must have had meaning to him.

Excellent article me personally I've watched this movie at least five times in an attempt to discover any subtle nuisances that I may have over looked. While I think that for the most part, your decoding was dead on, although you alluded to it but never confirmed the fact that Bills wife was at one point in her life one of those Monarch slaves. The question posed early in the movie by Bills wife, "why do you think that we get invited to these parties every year"? The answer to that is Bill was actually being considered to join the secret society, he was being screened and he didn't even know it. Although it can't be proven, I've come to the conclusion that Alice was a part of that screening process and she was aware of it all along. The part where she spoke on her dream was her way… Read more »
I have tried to figure out what secret society is involved in these sex majik rituals. Red cloak's throne with the double headed eagle (phoenix?) seems to suggest the 33rd degree freemasons. A masonic lodge is located next door to the Rainbow costume shop. The Christmas party (Nimrod's birthday and Christmas tree) has lights in the shape of the 8 pointed star of Ishtar, which represents the mystery religions of the masons. Masks at the ritual have masonic pyramid shapes and multiple faces of Janus. However, the name of the man that Alice dances with at the party seems to suggest an association with Satanism. Sacrifice, or death of a living thing (Amanda) is also Satanism. A black mass with a high priest with words and music sung backwards, is also Satanic. Black robes with hoods are Satanic. A magic circle with women wearing black hooded robes is very Satanic.… Read more »

Great series of articles, VC! I can't keep from thinking…what is the female viewpoint in all this? The philosophy, the clubs, the movie itself. The whole scheme seems to be based on a male dominated paradigm of power and domination. Is it that today's elite and members of these secret societies and mystery schools over time are just out after an easy lay? This pseudo-intellectual, pseudo-religious foundation is just appropriated from other constructs to provide a rationale. Do women see this as just another excuse to get into their pants without any responsibility and for further oppression?

And there are male sex slaves and victims as well. So let's not make this about "Feminism."

You say "feminism" like it's not even a real thing. I can imagine secret societies mostly being ran by men because that's just how society is. Women seem to let men do all the dirty work. Objectifying women is a big trend. And I wish it would change but I'm afraid it won't!

Yes but women co-operate too.

There are female societies as well…

There were also females at the ritual (not including the sex slaves). When that masked dude from the second row ( Ziegler?) nods his head, there's a masked female with him.

Bravo! Great set of articles. Exactly what I was looking for.

Amazing articles and such a profound analysis. Also, all the forum comments. What I burn to share, after having been followed of several websites like VC and youtube channels for over a year, is, that even though US of America became for the past decades a huge NWO laboratory and the Americans are being subjected to most horrific experiments and programs to dumb them down, kill their spirituality and turn them to total slaves and robots and sell it to the entire world as the most advanced society, so that the entire world desire to become the same; even though – due to all this hidden agendas, experiments, mind control, media manipulation – Americans are perceived by the rest of the world as (sorry for the expression) stupid and materialistic, the level of knowledge which the awaken Americans get to, is simply mind-blowing. I have a huge respect from all… Read more »
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