Compare the final frames of 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining with the first frame of Eyes Wide Shut.
Observe the interplay between the upside-down triangles at top centre of each image: the red curtain above Alice’s head, the Starchild’s forehead, Jack’s white shirt.
See the triangles at bottom centre formed by Alice’s parted legs (and echoed by her left arm and flowing dress), the Starchild’s arms (making the sign of the sun god Horus and child god of silence, Harpocrates), and the bottom half of Jack’s jacket. The letter “o” forms a capstone in the final image, while the lamp does so in the first.
Notice that these last visions of 2001 and The Shining are in black in white, yet the first image of Kubrick’s final film is in the colors of the culimating great work. The first frame of Eyes Wide Shut, shown above, begins 33 seconds into the film.
Consider the other motifs connecting each image – balls, for example. Eyeballs and the act of seeing (“Eyes” Wide Shut, the staring Starchild, and the “Overlook” hotel). Alice’s rackets recall sun-like tennis balls, which tie-in with the the ball-like shell containing the Starchild, and the “July 4th Ball” (for that matter, consider this type of a ball, a party – Alice is preparing for one in this scene). Imagine the balls as planets (the sun-like tennis ball and Starchild – also recall that this photograph from The Shining is found in the Gold Room hallway). If the sun is represented in each still, can we also find the moon? Note that Alice drops her dress and moons the viewer, and that the first image seen once passing through the monolith is that of the moon, and finally that the moon itself could be synonymous with an Independent Ball (or July 4th Ball). Consider other balls in Kubrick’s oeuvre – testicles (what part of Jack are we looking at above?), snowballs (thrown in The Shining, injected in Eyes Wide Shut, and Private Snowball in Full Metal Jacket), and so on and so on… forever and ever.
Lastly, recall this image as you imagine the Starchild’s spherical right eye falling into the pyramidal window of Alice’s dressing room. Compare the shape of the Child’s right eye with Alice’s head, and the last letter “o” in “Overlook”. This has been a deconstruction from the perfected androgynous Starchild (the Star, or a union of opposites), to Man (the Sun), and finally, Woman (the Moon). Or alternatively – Horus, Osiris, and Isis, respectively.