One of the greatest scripts I've heard, because how difficult (intricate) it is. It lays out each piece strikingly. There's a chance it alone will make your head spin. Also, it's delivered in such a way that balances the theatrical with the cinematic. You find yourself questioning what it is you're watching. One or the other. Its biggest accomplishment, though, is how it ties it all together. It's aware of its parts, and the power of the whole picture. If a part baffled you, or caused doubt, it's probably for good reason.
Is Autumn Sonata a haunted house film?
Having seen practically every major work by Bergman, I have to admit this is the most difficult one to analyze. It's not confusing, just wondrous and harsh in so many different ways. It's a work of not only duality between the two main characters, but so many qualities working together.
The visual component is flawless, so much so that I feel dirty watching it. There are so many things we cannot grasp about…
Like a renaissance painting, "Eyes Wide Shut" smiles at the audience... or does it? Glancing, it does away with the concept of reality, of dreams, of all concepts which can be perceived. Instead it manifests something new. Sometimes coinciding with our ideas, but never staying with them. We're frightened by the unfamiliar, so we shut our eyes. A place where everything is what we want it to be, or ceases to be. Darkness, in which everything is possible, or…
A regular drama on the surface; but as the plot advances, you notice that's not the case. This is a special movie which completely caught me off guard. During one scene in particular, where every creative aspect coincide in a mystical way, I sat with my mouth open and almost shed a tear. I'm just thankful this side of cinema still exists in some way, shape or form.