Stanley Kubrick’s last film Eyes Wide Shut has had more impact than its early reviews seemed to predict. The film, starring then husband and wife team Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, has more resonance today knowing what we know about Tom’s love of cults. But the movie, like many of Kubrick’s movies, has entered our collective culture. The title has become synonymous with sex parties and although the kind of orgies depicted in the film are nothing new, the movie has become a kind of shorthand for secret cult that thrives on sexual freedom and exclusivity.
Enter Snctm, the LA based sex party that takes its cues from Eyes Wide Shut. The party, once only a west coast club, is expanding to NYC.
Snctm club owner Damon Lawner is now scouting for locations in New York, and tells Page Six he is looking for a private townhouse or a loft for his members, who he says include A-list actors, models, top lawyers and CEOs of public companies.
Lawner told Page Six of his parties — which have been profiled on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop and are the subject of an upcoming HBO doc — “Guests have to be masked when they enter the party; men wear tuxes and women wear elegant gowns or lingerie; but after midnight, masks and other items of clothing fall off. The first few hours are about mystique and intrigue. This is not a sex party — it is erotic theater. We have performances. Some just watch while others want to indulge.”
You’ll be whispering Fidelio in no time.