There has been a lot of discussion about 'Eyes Wide Shut' years after its release. One of the theories floating around was that the orgy sequence was actually a dream. I don't know how one can "prove" this, but I just thought of something. When Bill enters the orgy room, there is a man and a woman who turn their heads towards him. The masked man nods at Bill, greeting him. Who is this man? The first and most obvious answer most people give is that this man is Zigler, the wealthy man who held the party. I read one review that said it was the math professor that Bill had met earlier. The math professor whose wife was ready to leave him for Bill. This is very interesting, but I was thinking something more abstract.
Could it be possible that the masked man who nods at Bill was actually the naval officer that Alice had gone crazy over? I know that sounds strange and unrealistic, but it is not like the film is down to earth. Why do I believe this? Bill keeps having uncontrollable reoccurring thoughts about the naval officer making love to Alice. This jealousy manifests itself into the orgy. Bill has to imagine what the naval officer looks like, but at the orgy, everyone is masked. Regardless, the naval officer manifests himself into this man who greets him silently. Why would Kubrick put this much focus into just one of the masked men? The masked man is put into focus for a deep reason. So much of the film has to do with fantasy and dream. The masked man represents the naval officer, who in turn represents instant gratification, desire for longing, and lust.
What is more fascinating is when Bill returns from orgy. Alice recalls a dream that she just had. People have pointed out how her dream is eerily similar to the orgy, and they are right. Who is the first person that begins the orgy in Alice's dream? The naval officer. Who is the first person that "recognizes" Bill at the beginning of the orgy? I think it is the naval officer. The real naval officer does not have to be physically be there, but in Bill's mind, here is there. What do other people think of this theory.
Although I think 'Eyes Wide Shut' is one of the more weaker Kubrick films, the theories that are coming out about the film are much more interesting than watching the film itself.