70. Dream Story / Eyes Wide Shut

Fantasy, lust, envy, nighttime wanderings, masks, and the most boring male-gaze-y orgy of all time. That’s right! It’s time for Jennifer and Kaylia to talk sex, love, and dreams aka Dream Story (1926) and its film adaptation Eyes Wide Shut (1999). 

Rhapsody: A Dream Novel, also known as Dream Story (German: Traumnovelle), is a 1926 novella by the Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler. The book deals with the thoughts and psychological transformations of Doctor Fridolin over a two-day period after his wife confesses having had sexual fantasies involving another man. In this short time, he meets many people who give clues to the world Schnitzler creates. This culminates in the masquerade ball, a wondrous event of masked individualism, sex, and danger for Fridolin as the outsider.

Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 erotic mystery psychological drama film directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. The movie transfers the story from early 20th-century Vienna to 1990s New York City and follows the sexually charged adventures of Dr. Bill Harford (Tom Cruise), who is shocked when his wife, Alice (Nicole Kidman), reveals that she had contemplated having an affair a year earlier. He then embarks on a night-long adventure, during which he infiltrates a masked orgy of an unnamed secret society.


This Pages and Popcorn Podcast episode was produced by Kaylia Metcalfe and featured “Pages and Popcorn Podcast Theme” / M.D. Arms

Book and movie recap runs from 3.50 – 17.44

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Show Notes / Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_Story

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyes_Wide_Shut

https://youtu.be/PwJONQVnb8M

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/eyes-wide-shut-1999

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2014/07/eyes-wide-shut-tom-cruise-nicole-kidman

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Schnitzler

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2002/09/09/the-dream-master

https://www.nyrb.com/collections/arthur-

schnitzlerhttps://theculturetrip.com/europe/italy/articles/a-guide-to-the-masks-of-venice/

https://www.camacana.com/en-UK/plague-doctor-mask-

https://www.artforum.com/print/196303/viennese-expressionism-38106

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2001/sep/22/arts.highereducation3

https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-does-the-male-gaze-mean-and-what-about-a-female-gaze-52486

https://magazine.columbia.edu/article/your-brain-klimt

https://victorianweb.org/painting/dgr/paintings/simmons4.html

https://dantisamor.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/the-kubrick-connection-some-pre-raphaelite-references-in-eyes-wide-shut/

http://paintingsinmovies.com/m/view/id/258

Published by kayliametcalfe

Queer,loudmouth,skeptical-agnostic-pagan,book addict,coffee lover,wine drinker, SAHM,writer,editor,producer,podcaster. -She/her

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