Double Feature

The Shining

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures

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The Shining

Stanley Kubrick’s previous epic, Barry Lyndon, before experiencing a major critical reappraisal, had initially experienced a mediocre response. To insure both an artistic and box office success, Kubrick chose Stephen King’s cabin fever-style horror bestseller The Shining for his next project. He follows a small family trying to make a new start, with Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) determined to use his new winter job as caretaker at the remote, snowbound Overlook Hotel to make headway with his frustrated writing career. But as the weeks of isolation progress, it becomes plain to his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), that Jack is becoming more withdrawn, unproductive and hostile, and that son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), is undergoing a series of progressively worse hypnotic trances that indicate evil supernatural forces may be at work within the gigantic lodge. Scatman Crothers, Joe Turkel and Philip Stone do superior work in key supporting roles. Ironically, The Shining – though it slowly turned a more than decent profit – like Barry Lyndon, suffered mixed reviews upon first release, only to receive a startling reversal in the 1990s, when many of the same critics dubbed it one of the scariest horror films of all time.

“Stanley Kubrick’s cold and frightening The Shining challenges us to decide: Who is the reliable observer? Whose idea of events can we trust? … It is this elusive open-endedness that makes Kubrick’s film so strangely disturbing.” – Roger Ebert

“Kubrick made a majestically terrifying movie, where what you don’t see or comprehend shadows every move the characters make.” – Martin Scorsese

View the full set of Australian lobby cards for The Shining on the New Beverly forum.

Read a 1980 Newsweek article on The Shining on the New Beverly blog.

Ariel Schudson discusses The Shining on the New Beverly blog.

Director
Stanley Kubrick
Starring
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers
Year
1980
Rated
R
Country
USA/UK
Format
35mm
Running Time
144 minutes

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures

The definitive Kubrick documentary, A Life In Pictures puts the director’s life into rich focus, delving into his career and idiosyncratic personality. Made by his longtime assistant Jan Harlan, this tribute features interviews with collaborators Jack Nicholson, Malcolm McDowell, Arthur C. Clarke, Wendy Carlos, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, plus director-admirers Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and Alex Cox. It also prominently features his longtime wife Christiane, rare home movies from his youth, unseen behind-the-scenes footage and other archival treasures. Narrated by Cruise, this fair and loving portrait is a must-see for all Kubrick fans and is a fitting companion piece to his essential filmography.

“The definitive documentary on the mercurial, immensely gifted, challenging and usually controversial filmmaker.” – David Stratton, Variety

On the New Beverly blog, Ariel Schudson discusses Stanley Kubrick’s early career as a photojournalist.

Director
Jan Harlan
Year
2001
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
142 minutes

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