Stanley Kubrick – The Shining [+Extras] (1980)
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” – or, rather, a homicidal boy in Stanley Kubrick’s eerie 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel. With wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) in tow, frustrated writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker at the opulently ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace.
Settling into their routine, Danny cruises through the empty corridors on his Big Wheel and plays in the topiary maze with Wendy, while Jack sets up shop in a cavernous lounge with strict orders not to be disturbed. Danny’s alter ego, “Tony,” however, starts warning of “redrum” as Danny is plagued by more blood-soaked visions of the past, and a blocked Jack starts visiting the hotel bar for a few visions of his own. Frightened by her husband’s behavior and Danny’s visit to the forbidding Room 237, Wendy soon discovers what Jack has really been doing in his study all day, and what the hotel has done to Jack.
• Commentary (as second audio track) – by steadicam operator Garrett Brown and historian John Baxter, superior to the 2001: A Space Odyssey commentary in that it has a lot of technical information both about the production, Kubrick’s methodology and details of the narrative.
• View from the Overlook: Crafting The Shining – a half an hour documentary with input from many including prominent directors, crew members and even Jack Nicholson.
• The Visions of Stanley Kubrick – 15 minutes long, another keen piece exploring Kubrick’s ideas behind the film(s) that he crafted
• Wendy Carlos, Composer – at a little over 7 minutes, although she discusses the music for The Shining she tends to impart more in formation on the music in A Clockwork Orange (but that is fine). She talks about Stanley Kubrick with keen interpretational interest of the man and her fondness for him.