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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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Trivia

During the behind the scenes "Making of" documentary, it becomes clear that, the hotel interior set design not only uses the available official Sound Stage floor spaces, but also flow out to include the (dressed/disguised) "backstage" Elstree Studio buildings areas, such as studio corridors, dressing rooms, offices, etc. By coincidence, it appears that most of the Elstree Studios' Sound Stages and related studio buildings used for "The Shining" were later demolished in the notorious Brent Walker period, for what would become the site of the Tesco Supermarket, making this behind the scenes film, and "The Shining" itself, unintentional records of the Elstree Studios site prior to the demolition. See more »

Quotes

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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Valse Triste
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A treasure.
18 February 2004 | by Ben_CheshireSee all my reviews

This is probably the most fun little behind-the-scenes glimpse i've ever been given. I think its exactly BECAUSE its so rough, exactly because it consists of Kubrick's daughter being let loose with a camcorder on his film set for The Shining (1980) that its so compelling. As Vivian herself says on a commentary she recorded for the recent DVD re-release of The Shining, its because she was so young and everyone took her for a kid messing around that they ended up being so honest with her and allowing her to take such liberties as walking in on them in their bedrooms or asking to-the-point questions about the way they've been treated on the production (Shelley Duvall in particular, who Kubrick virtually tormented in order to create the perfect feeling for her part).

Most precious of all, obviously, are the glimpses of Kubrick behind the scenes. On the ground with a camera underneath Jack getting the perfect posture and feeling for the famous scene where he's locked in the kitchen and banging on the door. His directorial rage at Shelley Duvall when she missed her queue and spoiled the perfect set-up of the snow-machine and other elements Kubrick had arranged for the shot. First thing in the morning, looking slovenly (like all great artists - caring nothing for how he looked and everything for how his film would look), greeting Jack and staring right into the camera looking less-than-impressed.

As impossible as it is to choose one Kubrick production over another, The Shining is particularly great. And this little documentary, the only special feature you'll ever find on a Kubrick DVD, becomes all the more valuable for the scarcity of behind-the-scenes glimpses of Kubrick at work. Enjoy!


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