October 8, 2013

BTS of 'The Shining' Through the Eyes of Kubrick's Daughter

Now that Halloween is right around the corner, it seems like the perfect time to share some great behind the scenes footage from one of the greatest horror films ever made. Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror flick, The Shining, was the illustrious director's marketable answer to the "too long, too slow" Barry Lyndon -- a film that has caught the attention of moviegoers decades after the film's initial release, and even inspiring conspiracy theorists about the moon landing. Take a glimpse inside the twisted world of The Shining with a 35-minute behind-the-scenes documentary shot on-set by Kubrick's daughter.

Kubrick is one of the most studied filmmakers in history. His work is laden with symbolism and mystery, capturing the imaginations of so many. There are so many resources that cover the work of Kubrick -- books, academic articles, and documentaries. Cinephilia and Beyond has shared two of them about the famed director's horror film, which allows the viewer to see from the bold point of view of the director's daughter, Vivian Kubrick, who shot it while on set at just 17-years-old.

In it we see the cast and crew at work. It's strangely intimate -- as Scatman Crothers, the actor who played Dick (the chef,) said, it was like a big family. We see Jack Nicholson preparing for scenes in a way I can't really describe here -- you'll just have to see for yourself.

The Shining has been studied and taken apart by experts in many different fields -- of course you have your film critics and theorists, but you also have those from child psychology and literature trying to make sense of the many allusions, riddles, as well as Kubrick's unexplained choices.

However, those who worked on the set have been open about the experience, so to uncover at least some of the mystery, check out this nearly hour-long Elstree Screen Heritage/University of Hertfordshire documentary.

What do you think about The Shining? What helpful information did you glean from either of the documentaries?

[via Cinephilia and Beyond]

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I love watching how manic Jack is behind the scenes. The Shining is one of the most horrifying films I've see to date. It truly stands the test of time.

October 8, 2013 at 4:25PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Now, this is on the Shining Blu-ray.
What's the deal on copyright infringement posting this kind of thing on here?

October 8, 2013 at 4:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Fresno Bob

Party pooping is your day job or just the hobby?

October 8, 2013 at 4:56PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Natt

:D :D

October 8, 2013 at 5:49PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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guto novo

How party pooping. Pretty legitimate question - I'd think many readers of this site have concerns about copyright.

October 8, 2013 at 6:23PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Fresno Bob

This falls under fair use of copy written material since it is being used for educational purposes, but I believe your comment stems from other motives rather than one of concern.

October 11, 2013 at 10:00PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Sabian

This is great, thank you.

October 8, 2013 at 4:57PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Sean

I watched these awhile ago. I didn't have any idea that the sets were so elaborate. I also have a perverse fascination with the way Kubrick berates people, especially Shelley Duval.

October 9, 2013 at 4:30PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Dammit, I wasn't intending on posting as a reply to Sean...sorry about that.

October 9, 2013 at 4:30PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Seriously? A special feature from The Shining is the best thing you can come up with? Did you legitimitely think this was fresh content, or are you just fishing for pageviews?

October 8, 2013 at 5:32PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Actually, I have this sweet clip of Al Pacino's "bad guy" speech -- super rare -- found it on YouTube. I think it's from 'Scarface' or some weird movie like that that nobody has ever seen before. Anyway, it's going to blow everyone's mind.

October 8, 2013 at 7:20PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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V Renée
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Sweet! Please keep the good stuff coming and don't let any of these trolls affect you creative output!

October 9, 2013 at 4:56AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Seriously? Whats wrong with you Craig? This is fresh to me and this short movie just blew my mind. Looking forward to your very own website Craig where all the material is uniquely incredible, unseen and doesn't fish for page views. Sometimes the aggressive nature of the comments left here, especially towards the site operators defies logic. Thanks for posting this amazing short film.

October 10, 2013 at 8:18PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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James

I've seen this several times over the years and I always find it fascinating. Clearly nobody paid much attention to the director's teenage daughter with her camera and as a result we get a real cinéma vérité sense of what it must have been like to be there on the set. Kubrick, far from being the cerebral figure of legend,
comes across as very much a hands-on director, always at the centre of the action, even directing the extras in one scene. It's an invaluable insight into the working methods of one of cinema's greatest directors, offering, in a way that a book never could, a true glimpse of a creative genius in action.

October 8, 2013 at 5:55PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Yes, this must rank as one of the best BTS items ever shot.

October 8, 2013 at 6:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Fresno Bob

This has long been one of my favourite BTS features for so many reasons... The moment when Scatman Crothers breaks down mid interview and starts weeping in just priceless. Shelly Duvall's craziness-I'm almost certain she is looking out the corner of her eye during one "panic attack" to see if anyone is paying attention to her. Jack and the (weirdly money oriented) kid seem like the only ones actually enjoying themselves. The whole thing is like a Christopher Guest movie.

October 8, 2013 at 7:04PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Mak

Now if only they would release the "Making of Full Metal Jacket" that Vivian Kubrick shot and is being played at the Kubrick Exhibit that's been traveling around. I here it's even better then "The Shinning" one.

October 8, 2013 at 7:56PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Qwerty

It's a shame all the comments focus on the BTS film by Vivian Kubrick (that you all appear to have seen anyway), yet none of you have commented on the other video presented here. Having sat enraptured by Staircases to Nowhere, I have to say it is an excellent "oral history" of the film with some fascinating and never before seen insight into how it was made. Bravo to the filmmakers and what a great student project that must have been to work on!!

October 14, 2013 at 3:21PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Julian Sanders