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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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Credited cast:
Jack Nicholson ... Self
Vivian Kubrick Vivian Kubrick ... Self (as Viv)
Terry Needham Terry Needham ... Self (as Ter)
Stanley Kubrick ... Self
Garrett Brown ... Self
Danny Lloyd ... Self
Scatman Crothers ... Self
Shelley Duvall ... Self
Michael Stevenson Michael Stevenson ... Self
June Randall June Randall ... Self (as Junie)
Gert Kubrick Gert Kubrick ... Self
James Mason ... Self
Brian W. Cook ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ina Clare Ina Clare ... Self - Extra
Maxwell Craig ... Self - Extra


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

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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 »


Stanley's Mom: And why is the script in multi-coloured pages? Anything?
Stanley Kubrick: Each time we make a new version, at first you get very methodical - each time you make a new version, you put a different colour in. After a while, you're lucky if people get copies of the changes.
Jack Nicholson: It's so that you start with white, then you go to blue, then pink, then green, then yellow.
Stanley's Mom: But I just wondered...
Stanley Kubrick: But what happens is...
Jack Nicholson: It's so that when everybody's got their script out, you can look right over and know if they've got the latest ...
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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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4 October 1980 (UK) See more »

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