A fascinating Jon Ronson documentary I found in an article on No Film School: Is ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ the Movie Stanley Kubrick Wanted Us to See?
In the end, we have the movie we have. And it’s a weird movie. And a flawed movie. And a great movie, in its way. It’s wholly original, and like any great work of art, sticks with you. And, as the final film of one of the centuries’ master filmmakers, this movie with so much to give, shunted aside at the time by a gleeful tabloid media, deserves a critical reappraisal. In the end, Eyes Wide Shut is almost certainly not the film Kubrick would have been happy with in the end, but we should be happy we have it.
If you go back and look at the contemporary reactions to any Kubrick picture (except the earliest ones) you’ll see that his films were initially misunderstood. Then, after five or ten years came the realization that 2001 or Barry Lyndon or The Shining was like nothing else before or since.