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The Dharma Blues


So much attention was given to the ratings controversy for Stanley Kubrick's film, Eyes Wide Shut, that a problem with the film for members of the Hindu faith was almost entirely ignored. So worried were people about the images of the infamous orgy scene at the Long Island Mansion, that they failed to notice that the music composed for that scene generated its own protest - enough protest to cause the film to be altered for its releases outside of the United States and for both video and DVD sales. The Hindu protest, however, might have positive, if unexpected, results. The protest revealed that the music included a shloka from the Bhagwad Gita, bringing public attention to this sacred text. But, once this shloka is identified, its connection to the movie can be determined and, on artistic grounds, it seems that the shloka makes an important contribution to our understanding of the movie.