Easily one of my favorite films of all time, Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ was released theatrically this day May 23, in 1980. Based on the novel by Stephen King the film was produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Diane Johnson. It starred Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd as the Torrance family who spend their winter in the isolated Overlook Hotel.
While some prefer the TV miniseries because it stays truer to the book, there’s no denying the power and impact that Kubrick’s version had. Over 30 years later and we’re still debating the film and asking questions… even though some questions have been answered by Kubrick himself (the picture at the end for example).
What are your thoughts? Kubrick Vs King? Film vs TV miniseries? Tonight I’ll be sitting back watching it again, with the hair of the dog that bit me, Lloyd.
Did you know Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich is a semi-obsessive fan of The Shining? Neither did I until I saw this picture over at AICN. That pic led me to Unkrich’s Tumblr entitled “The Overlook Hotel”.
Over there I found a really cool TV spot cut for the film. It doesn’t feature scenes you haven’t seen before, but it does feature different takes of those scenes. I could actually tell the difference since a couple of the shots are actually fairly different.
Per The Overlook Hotel, “TV spots were often edited using existing prints of alternate takes, rather than going through the time and expense of creating new prints from original or duplicate negative. The commercials were edited on film, not video, so it was just easier to use the alternate takes, which were already sitting unused in the cutting room. This certainly makes sense, and seems to have been standard practice at the time, but it still strikes me as odd that Kubrick wouldn’t insist upon using only the footage that appeared in the finished film. Regardless, the commercial remains a fascinating glimpse into an alternate version of the film that was not meant to be.”
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Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival last week was Rodney Ascher’s Room 237, an experimental documentary that explores the numerous theories about the real meaning of Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. An we have a review!
Ryan Daley writes in from Sundance, “Many of the ideas presented are preposterous and absurd, but every interview subject has a point or two that’s surprisingly relevant. The film as a whole is insanely thought-provoking. And more importantly, whether it’s discussing subliminal Hitler mustaches or implied erections, Room 237 is consistently entertaining. But this is coming from someone who has seen ‘The Shining’ more than 20 times.”
From the official site, “‘Room 237′ is a subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they’ll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out…”
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