2004-10-03 17:02:47 UTC
[Link is from the Kubric.com site.]
In some ways it's obvious that all the relationships in the film are
influenced by power/money and sex, as they so often are in life.
However, I think watching the film with this view in mind adds more
complexity to the dynamic between the Cruise/Kidman married couple,
i.e. that Kidman is the 'kept' housewife, and the role of sex in
influencing a change in that dynamic. Rather than the doctor simply
responding with unsophisticated jealousy to the idea of his wife
dreaming of an infidelity, instead the implications are for a more
serious realignment in the nature of power within the relationship.
It further adds more significance to some of the smaller scenes like
the opening where the Cruise character is looking for his wallet; she
knows where the wallet is at, i.e. she understands, in a sense better
than he, the nature of money/power in their relationship. This theme
of the dynamic between power/money and sex is, of course, played out
throughout the film; in particular, I liked the essay's view of the
Ziegler and Domino characters in relation to the doctor.
In a sense, I believe this essay argues that Kubrick is giving us a
cynical Marxian sociological view of the world played out on a micro
level, Cruise/Kidman marriage, and macro level, Ziegler (the power
elite) and Domino (the lowest level in society). One of the more
interesting clues that this film is offering a sociological view of
the world is the scene in Domino's apartment. Kubrick, the
photographer and always with the most fastidious eye for detail,
lingers on the shot of the doctor leaning over the top of a text title
"Introduction to Sociology" while talking to his wife on the phone.
Well.. before I carry on too much about my own take, I was wonder what
others thought of this essay as it relates to the film. (?)