Eyes Wide Shuttered

A drawing in progress derived from Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, which was based on the novel Traumnovelle by Arthur Schnitzler.

Schnitzler’s novel was published in 1926 and was set in the collapsing Austro-Hungarian empire. Shnitzler, like his friend Sigmund Freud, lived in Vienna, Austria. What was of interest to me was Kubrick’s setting of the novel  in New York City in the 90s. Of course Schnitzler was examining sexual decadence in the midst of the collapsing Austro-Hungarian empire, just as Kubrick was examining it in the collapsing American empire. Both empires were based on entirely fictitious financial systems. The characters in both book and film are unable to distinguish between reality and dream.

Statistics show that as of the first quarter of 2010 domestic financial assets totaled $131 trillion domestic financial liabilities $106 trillion. I can only wonder how long it will take before the country’s debt is greater than the collective value of all its assets.

Here’s a further stage of the drawing:

 

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