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David Cronenberg Randomly Slams Stanley Kubrick and ‘The Shining’…

A bizarre quote has begun circulating out of the Toronto Star, who caught up with David Cronenberg, pictured below, at the opening of the “David Cronenberg: Evolutions” exhibit at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Hiding within the feature there’s a hard jab at Stanley Kubrick and his adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining, which came out of news that Kubrick will get his own TIFF exhibit next year.

I think I’m a more intimate and personal filmmaker than Kubrick ever was,” Cronenberg said before throwing a huge blow.

That’s why I find The Shining not to be a great film. I don’t think he understood the (horror) genre. I don’t think he understood what he was doing. There were some striking images in the book and he got that, but I don’t think he really felt it.

In a weird way, although he’s revered as a high-level cinematic artist, I think he was much more commercial-minded and was looking for stuff that would click and that he could get financed. I think he was very obsessed with that, to an extent that I’m not. Or that Bergman or Fellini were.

BRUTAL. Especially considering Kubriuck isn’t around to respond – it’s kind of a dick move in my opinion.




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