"In a snow-covered mountain hotel in Colorado, a writer who winters there alone with his family as janitor slowly falls into madness. The labyrinthine house evokes images, first in his psychically gifted son, then in himself, that are connected to a bloody deed committed years ago. Under the compulsion to repeat, the writer runs amok. (...) Those who have seen the film once never forget details like the journeys through frighteningly lonely corridors filmed from the child's point of view; those who see it again are amazed at the multitude of readings it offers: (small) family and (pseudo)artist drama, mystery play of the enchanted place and sealed time."
Andreas Furler, Filmpodium, April/May 2008
"Along a coherent, rapidly suspensefully rising dramaturgy, Stanley Kubrick has created withThe Shininga disturbing and unsettling horror piece, which succeeds quickly, growing and always effortlessly in captivating the viewer. Cinematographer John Alcott, who had previously shotA Clockwerk OrangeandBarry Lyndonwith Kubrick, lays down a mastery of effective images and compositions here that represents delicate, mature cinematic craftsmanship. But first and foremost it is the unspeakably committed and effective actor Jack Nicholson who dominates here with his shockingly impressive performance and vehemently puts his unmistakable stamp on the film with his wildly insane demeanor."
Marie Anderson, kino-zeit.de
Contributors and additional information:
119 min. color. DCP. E/d
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Screenplay: Stanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson, based on the novel by Stephen King
Cinematography: John Alcott
Editing: Ray Lovejoy
Music: Wendy Carlos, Rachel Elkind
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Barry Nelson, Scatman Crothers
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