The Shining (1980)

Time to take a look at a little film about a family going slowly insane together: The Shining from 1980, directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the book by Stephen King. Hated and revered, analyzed by many who shouldn't, but nevertheless the work of a master.

Join us as we train the light on this controversial film to find out if it really shines all that brightly.

On this track we cover:

- Kubrick's visuals and narrative style
- The production and Kubrick's work methods
- The novel vs. the film
- Shelley Duvall's teeth
- The insane conspiracy theories


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Participants: David Bjerre and Dennis Rosenfeld.
Day of recording: December 12th, 2013.
Version: US Bluray version.
Movie runtime: 2:23:46


The Torrance family. Close your mouth Shelley.

The exterior of the hotel, shot in England.

Jack and the scrapbook.

Danny and the mysterious ball.

John Alcott's trick shot.

The twins. Or are they?

Jack and Danny and Jack.

Heeeeeere's to over-acting!

Cut! Print! Let's move on, it's not gonna get better.

Ghosty ghosts of the not European kind.


American Cinematographer, August 1980
- Interview by Herb Lightman
- Article by Garrett Brown

Kubrick on The Shining: An interview with Michel Ciment. Link.

Stephen King Explains Why He Still Hates Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Link.

All work and no play. Link.

Lia Beldam reflects on her role as Room 237′s guest. Link.

Aide to Kubrick on Shining Scoffs at Room 237 Theories. Link.


The Shining: BFI Film Classics, by Roger Luckhurst.
Stanley Kubrick: A Biography, by John Baxter


Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001). Link.

Staircases to Nowhere: Making Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Link.

Stanley Kubrick's Boxes (2008) (TV Movie). Link.

Blu-ray extras
- The Making of The Shining
- The Visions of Stanley Kubrick
- View from the Overlook: Crafting The Shining

The Shining: Audiobook, Read by Campbell Scott.


IMDb. Link.

Wiki. Link.

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