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The Shining - Kubrick Does Horror

Kubrick’s classic film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel THE SHINING opened in 1980. Following an exhaustive search for horror genre material, Kubrick selected King’s book but found the author’s treatment and screenplay too literal, scripting his own version along with Diane Johnson. The principal photography (featuring the newly invented Steadicam), featuring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, lasted more than a year, and was almost entirely shot on constructed sets at EMI Elstree Studios in England. Although commercially successful, “The Shining” received mixed reviews at first. With time, however, the film has grown to be appreciated more positively, and was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in 2018.

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