The Shining

The Shining - The Shining By: Stanley Kubrick Introduction...

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“The Shining” By: Stanley Kubrick Introduction and Background: The infamous movie, “The Shining” directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1980, is a frightening story about a family who moves to an isolated hotel during the winter to act as caretakers until spring arrives. During this time while living in the hotel, the father realizes his hate for his wife and his son and eventually tries to murder them. When Stanley Kubrick bought the rights to “The Shining” which was based on the book written by Steven King, “he knew he would change it…drastically” (Harlan, The Shining ). Stanley Kubrick was directing in a time when horror films were the latest fad and people were wanting more from watching the movie then just being scared. Kubrick knew that if he was going to make a horror movie, he needed to “blow everyone else out of the water” (Harlan, The Shinning ). It was then, when Kubrick read a novel by Diane Johnson called “The Shadow Knows” and “asked her to adopt it to The Shining so it would make sense in psychological terms and really get to us….to really touch us” ( Baxter, The Shining) . Kubrick really wanted to make a movie that was unlike any horror film out there. Kubrick needed to adapt the book to film and with that there needed to be change. He decided to get rid of the trophy animals that were involved in the book because he felt it would be too difficult to make them come alive and move around in the movie like they did in the book. Also, “No body liked the trophy animals in the book…” (Baxter, The Shining). Since the trophy animals (green hedge animals) were disliked anyway, he saw this as an opportunity to create something else as a horror prop. Kubrick knew that his film was evolving into a much more psycho-analytical movie and knew that how
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important it was to continue through the whole movie. The maze set was decided to take the place of the trophy animals and was the most intriguing and one of the most difficult aspects of the movie. The maze wasn’t as large as the movie made it seemed, this was because “used a extremely large lens, size 9.8…which allowed the hedges to look that they were 12 feet tall when in fact they were no taller than 8 feet (Garret Brown, The Shining ). The filming of the movie consisted of “The Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood in Oregon was used for the front exterior, but all the interiors as well as the back of the hotel were specially built at Elstree Studios in London, England.”: (IMDB, The Shining) . Another crucial part of the movie was the costume design for the characters. Kubrick specifically wanted the characters to look “middle America and… have no indication of darkness… ( Canonero, The Shining) so that it could look away from the horror and seem like the perfect family with no prior indication of any true violence. While filming this movie, it was obvious Kubrick did not work well with reality, as many people had commented on during the making of the film. Sydney Pollack, a friend and a dirctior
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