Monday, July 6, 2020

The Shining - Supplement

While we try to cover as much as we can in our episodes, there's always more to see, hear, and read about a movie that can enhance your viewing experience. If you enjoyed our commentary for The Shining, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...

First, here's the original trailer for the film, which consists solely of the terrifying image of the blood cascade from the elevator:

Author Stephen King has well-known problems with Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of his book. In this interview segment from the TC documentary "A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King," King discusses his issues with the film:

King later oversaw a television adaptation of his book directed by Mick Garris that tried to be more faithful to the events and themes of his book. Here's a trailer for that mini-series:

One of the best peeks at the making of The Shining comes courtesy of Vivian Kubrick, who shot behind-the-scenes footage of her father's production for a short documentary, letting us see Nicholson's preparation, Stanley Kubrick directing on the set, and Kubrick's treatment of Shelley Duvall. Check it out below:

One of the resources we used for researching this episode and that we mentioned during the commentary is TheOverlookHotel, an exhaustive site maintained by director and Shining fan Lee Unkrich. Take a look but beware... like the hotel itself, it's easy to get lost in the amazing material Unkrich has amassed:

As we mentioned, the film's ending originally included an additional scene of the character of Ullman visiting Danny and Wendy in the hospital. The scene has not been seen since the first week of the film's original release and is presumed lost. Below are some of the few stills that exist from this scene:

We mentioned composer Wendy Carlos, who contributed two musical pieces to the film and worked extensively on Kubrick's previous film A Clockwork Orange. In this segment from a BBC interview, Carlos demonstrates some of her synthesizer work:

Sadly ignored during its initial release last year, Mike Flanagan's adaptation of Stephen King's follow-up novel Doctor Sleep manages to serve as both a excellent realization of that book and a worthy sequel to Kubrick's film. The movie has hit video and streaming services and is well worth your time:

Thanks for listening!

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