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The Shining

Stanley Kubrick’s version of Stephen King’s novel remains one of cinema’s subtlest and most unsettling studies in terror.

UK-USA 1980
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
With Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall
Format Digital
Certificate 15

Kubrick’s version turns Stephen King’s novel into a study of alienation and decline into madness, and is all the more terrifying for it. Nicholson’s wayward, disturbed protagonist is no match for the powerful personality of his new environment. Much of the film’s eerie power comes from the sense of claustrophobia that builds up in the vast echoing spaces of the hotel. Not appreciated by many critics on its first release, The Shining has gone on to become one Kubrick’s most celebrated works, and one of cinema’s subtlest and most unsettling studies in terror.

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