The Making of The Shining

In 1980, Stan­ley Kubrick shot The Shin­ing, the clas­sic hor­ror film based on Stephen King’s nov­el. Dur­ing pro­duc­tion, the direc­tor allowed his daugh­ter Vivian, then 17 years old, to shoot a doc­u­men­tary called Mak­ing The Shin­ing, which lets you spend 33 min­utes being a fly on the wall. The film orig­i­nal­ly aired on the BBC and gave British audi­ences the chance to see Jack Nichol­son revving him­self up to act, and Shel­ley Duvall col­laps­ing in the hall­way from stress and fatigue. Min­utes lat­er, we watch Mr. Kubrick exert some direc­to­r­i­al force on the actress, and we under­stand her predica­ment all the more.


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