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If It's Purple, Someone's Gonna Die: The Power of Color in Visual Storytelling by Patti Bellantoni

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Asexual, Illusory, and Fantastic Purples

Asexual Purples

Eyes Wide Shut

1999. Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Production Design: Les Tomkins and Roy Walker.

What You See and What You See

Dr. Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) walks the winter streets of New York alone. A beautiful young woman, with the kind of long straight blond hair that belongs to the girl next door, approaches him, points to a very red set of doors, and invites him upstairs to her apartment to “have a little fun.” She wears a fuzzy, fake fur hat and coat, which is not quite in rhythm with her natural uncluttered beauty. In fact, nothing quite fits in this scenario. He reluctantly follows her though the red doors to her apartment, which glows playfully ...

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