Episode 103: Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”
In 1980, after the commercial disappointment and mixed critical response from “Barry Lyndon,” Stanley Kubrick decided to adapt Stephen King’s widely popular novel, “The Shining.” But what Stanley Kubrick decided to do with the source material greatly offended Stephen King and the best selling author disowned the whole project. Instead of taking a more psychological approach, Stanley Kubrick took a more slowly paced horror film that built up to a fantastic, eerily strange and bloody finale.
Why did Stanley Kubrick decide to go in a different direction from the original novel? Why are there two different cuts of “The Shining” for American and European audiences? And what, if any, conspiracy theories or hidden messages did Stanley Kubrick pepper into “The Shining?”
Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” is the subject of episode 103 of the AuteurCast….