20 Things You Didn't Know About Eyes Wide Shut

19. A Soundtrack In Reverse

Composer Jocelyn Pook's most recognisable piece will undoubtedly be 'Backwards Priests,' a mesmerising mixture of strings, timpani and vocal chants. These chants are actually recordings of a Romanian Orthodox Divine Liturgy, an Eastern European religious service, with the monastic chants played in reverse and was originally used merely as a reference track on set.

Kubrick liked it so much that he used further Pook material (from her album Deluge) in the final film, including the Tamil inspired Migrations, although the track had to be altered after receiving complaints for its use of Hindu scripture in such a 'profane setting.'


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