Curious Facts About ‘Eyes Wide Shut’

It Was Based On A Novella

Novella
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The film was based on a novella written by Arthur Schnitzler titled Traumnovelle (Dream Story) and published in 1926. Since the film takes place in 1990s New York, it’s a light adaptation, yet the underlying plot and themes remain consistent.

According to Kubrick, "The book opposes the real adventures of a husband and the fantasy adventures of his wife, and asks the question: is there a serious difference between dreaming a sexual adventure, and actually having one?"