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Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film at The Design Museum

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Time 18:30
Date 02/07/19
Price £12

Twenty years since its release, Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut remains complex and visually arresting. This talk explores the ambitious set design and creative process behind the director's final film.

Stanley Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut, was a masterpiece of design. From its dreamscape of the New York City of Kubrick’s youth, to its recreation of Greenwich Village on the streets of London.

To mark the publication of their new book, Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film, Robert Kolker and Nathan Abrams discuss the film’s unique look with Kira-Anne Pelican who worked in the film's art department, helping to create some of its most memorable locations.


Nathan Abrams is Professor in Film at Bangor University in Wales. He is the author of Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual and is currently editing the Bloomsbury Companion to Stanley Kubrick.

Jan Harlan joined Stanley Kubrick in 1969 for a film on Napoleon that may finally be realised 50 years later. He was Exec Producer on all Kubrick films since 1973 and worked on other unrealised projects in-between. Jan is a guest-lecturer at film-schools around the globe and was instrumental in the formation of the Stanley Kubrick Archive at UAL and a large exhibition on Stanley Kubrick.

Robert P. Kolker is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland. He has taught cinema studies for almost 50 years and is author of, most recently, A Cinema of Loneliness, The Altering Eye, Film, Form, and Culture, The Extraordinary Image: Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and the Reimagining of Cinema.

Kira-Anne Pelican is a writer, researcher and script consultant who has worked in the UK and US film industries for twenty-five years. She began her career working for Stanley Kubrick on Eyes Wide Shut, where her role included creating 3D CG visualisations of the film’s sets.