I saw The Shining on the big screen last night and got to shake the hand of Leon Vitali, the guy who plays Lord Bullingdon in Barry Lyndon (my favorite #Kubrick film) who became Kubrick’s full time assistant on his final projects. I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey on Friday, so the weekend was wall to wall Kubrick for me.
I’ve seen The Shining countless times on video and TV, and it’s still one Kubrick’s most troublesome and flawed masterpieces. And though it is indeed a masterpiece in the truest sense, what’s truly unusual about it is how its glaring flaws that would sink other accomplished filmmaker’s weaker films seem to enhance the whole thing. It makes more sense in terms of surrealism than filmmaking. Like Eyes Wide Shut, by far Kubrick’s most dubious masterpiece, The Shining feels like a cross between an actual dream with its tense silences and paradoxical clarity, and a field trip to the reptile section of the zoo. It’s like a haunted terrarium. Artificial. A simulacrum of an environment created by aliens to make their specimens feel at home. It’s almost right, but not quite. Uncanny. Like a dream. The entire film even looks like a Magritte painting - terrifyingly matter of fact, clear, yet hellishly ambiguous. Kubrick is one of the few popular filmmakers in history to be able to pull this off to such a degree that even his failures are oddball successes. Kubrick’s mise-en-scène is so goddamned mesmerizing, especially on the big screen. And the music and sound is ESPECIALLY profound in a big theater. I don’t think I can ever watch The Shining in any other context now.
We get lost in the Kubrickness of it all. People (severely delusional ones) even read the most ridiculous bullshit into it. The moon landing was fake, all kinds of crap. We drown so deeply in it, The Shining is no longer “Stephen King” or a movie where the expected banalities of plot and character development even matter. They get left out in the cold to freeze to death. I don’t want The Shining to be a faithful adaptation of a bestseller with characters and plot any more than I want to see a soul in the eyes of the Komodo dragon that’s eating me alive.
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