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Making 'The Shining' (1980)

A look behind the scenes during the making of 'Stanley Kubrick (I)''s The Shining (1980).

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Vivian Kubrick
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Nicholson ... Himself
Vivian Kubrick Vivian Kubrick ... Herself (as Viv)
Terry Needham Terry Needham ... Himself (as Ter)
Stanley Kubrick ... Himself
Garrett Brown ... Himself
Danny Lloyd ... Himself
Scatman Crothers ... Himself
Shelley Duvall ... Herself
Michael Stevenson Michael Stevenson ... Himself
June Randall June Randall ... Herself (as Junie)
Gert Kubrick Gert Kubrick ... Herself
James Mason ... Himself
Brian W. Cook ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maxwell Craig ... Himself - Extra
Charlie Gray Charlie Gray ... Himself - Extra
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A look behind the scenes during the making of 'Stanley Kubrick (I)''s The Shining (1980).

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1980 (UK) See more »

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Eagle Film SS See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Actor James Mason and his family visit the set, as he was nearby filming Murder by Decree. He is seen in his character's costume, which Vivian points out in her commentary track. See more »

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Jack Nicholson: Anything you do as many times as a successful actor, you can't have one set of theories, you know. You can go for years saying "I'm gonna get this thing real", because they really haven't seen it real, do you know? They just keep seeing one fashion of unreal after the other that passes as real and you, you know, you go mad with realism and then you come up against someone like Stanley who says, "Yeah, it's real but it's not interesting."
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Referenced in Art of Darkness: A Night Gallery Retrospective (2002) See more »

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The Rite of Spring
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Written by Igor Stravinsky
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Excellent and interesting direct short doc on the making of one of the best and most memorable films of all time.
24 May 2009 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

"The Shining" is clearly a film that grows on you the more you see it. And it's probably one of my favorite films not just because it has the best actor of all time the legendary Jack, also because of the way Kubrick shot it with haunting visuals and excellent camera work. So it's probably a given if you own a DVD or video copy you've seen the short documentary done by Stanley's daughter Vivian called simply "Making "The Shining". From the start it's interesting for it's memorable scenes and famous quotes like seeing Jack from the beginning order rice and noodles, and it was neat seeing Nicholson brush his teeth before filming scenes. As expected Jack always shows off in front of the camera letting the viewers know that he likes to be out of control as an actor as not being the norm is fun. Plus his very memorable quote of stating that in the average year a celebrity meets more people than the average person does in a lifetime. And too you get to see the master himself hard at work gearing up and getting himself fired up to do the famous ax scene by showing us he uses Boris Karloff as an inspiration by checking off his lines before doing a scene just like Karloff did.

Also memorable is the short interviews of Scatman Crothers and Danny Lloyd, especially an emotional one of Scatman crying thanking god that he got to work with such beautiful people. And Danny Lloyd who would later disappear from the movie world laughing about his good time being so young wondering what his parents will do with all of his money! And it was revealing and also interesting showing Shelley Duvall coping with the stress of the role as at one point she even passes out on set. It was clear Stanley pushed her to the fullest, in which she would later thank him for.

As we see Kubrick who gives such rare glimpses it was so clear he was such a perfectionist as it was shown during this doc he was such a master artist of the camera. From the memorable angles and fabulous shots shown of him running with the hand-held camera during filming. Overall consider this short doc a good mini meal that you must digest along with the main course as it has some unforgettable scenes and interviews with memorable quotes that will stick with you forever and it will make you respect the film even more.


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