The Mysterious Death of Stanley Kubrick

Though Warner Bros. insisted that Kubrick had turned in his final cut of Eyes Wide Shut before his death, the film was still in the final stages of post-production, which was therefore completed by the studio in collaboration with Kubrick's estate.

By Balthazar Malevolent

The Mysterious Death of Stanley Kubrick

The brilliant director Stanley Kubrick died of a heart attack on 9 March 1999 at his English estate near Hertfordshire, according to the official version. Kubrick's death is still a mystery plaguing major European tabloids. The director died four days after the end of the editing period of his latest and most enigmatic film Eyes Wide Shut, starring then-weds Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. The film follows the sexually charged adventures of Dr. Bill Harford, who is shocked when his wife, Alice, reveals that she had contemplated having an affair a year earlier.

It was Kidman in July 2002's interview with the American newspaper National Enquirer who transparently hinted that Kubrick passed away not by choice. According to the actress, the director called her two hours before the official time of his sudden death. He asked her not to come to Hertfordshire where, as he put it, "we will all be poisoned so fast that we do not have time to even sneeze."

After Kidman's revelations in the European press, there was speculation that Kubrick could have been poisoned by the secret societies, which include members of the Western economic, political and cultural elite.

In Eyes Wide Shut, the centerpiece of the film is a colossal ritual at a fashionable estate near New York City. Kubrick wanted to show that the secret societies rule the Western world today. National Association of Theater Owners in the US withheld permission to distribute the picture for almost four months. Since Kubrick was no longer alive, the orgy scene was edited out. The public was fooled by information that the argument was over the openness of the erotic scenes.

It is also worth noting that Heath Ledger had exactly the same death. On the eve of his last day, he phoned his friend, a journalist from National Enquirer and said he was ready to reveal the secret of modern filmmaking.

Eyes Wide Shut was filmed at the Rothschild mansion and the events that took place in this film are eerily similar to an actual masquerade party that took place in the 1970s.

Kubrick's funeral was held five days later at Childwickbury Manor, with only close friends and family in attendance, totaling about 100 people. The media were kept a mile away outside the entrance gate. Among those who gave eulogies were Terry Semel, Jan Harlan, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. He was buried next to his favorite tree on the estate. In her book dedicated to Kubrick, his wife Christiane included one of his favorite quotations of Oscar Wilde: "The tragedy of old age is not that one is old but that one is young."

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