05-23-2024 - on This Moment in Film History

05-23-2024 - on This Moment in Film History
23 mag 2024 · 1 min. 52 sec.

On May 23, 1980, Stanley Kubrick's iconic horror film "The Shining" was released in the United States. The movie, based on Stephen King's 1977 novel of the same name, starred...

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On May 23, 1980, Stanley Kubrick's iconic horror film "The Shining" was released in the United States. The movie, based on Stephen King's 1977 novel of the same name, starred Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, a writer who becomes the caretaker of the isolated Overlook Hotel during the winter season. As Jack descends into madness, his psychic son Danny (played by Danny Lloyd) and wife Wendy (portrayed by Shelley Duvall) find themselves in a terrifying fight for survival.

"The Shining" is widely regarded as one of the greatest horror films ever made, known for its psychological depth, unsettling atmosphere, and memorable performances. Nicholson's portrayal of Jack Torrance's descent into insanity is particularly iconic, with lines like "Here's Johnny!" becoming part of popular culture.

The film is also celebrated for its stunning visuals and innovative cinematography, including the extensive use of Steadicam to create fluid, tracking shots through the hotel's labyrinthine corridors. The eerie score by Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind, featuring electronically treated versions of classical pieces, adds to the film's haunting atmosphere.

Although initial reviews were mixed, with some critics finding the film too slow-paced or emotionally cold, "The Shining" has since been reappraised as a masterpiece of the horror genre. Its influence can be seen in countless subsequent films, television shows, and even video games.

Today, "The Shining" remains a beloved classic, with fans continuing to analyze its many layers of symbolism and meaning more than four decades after its initial release.
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