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A few weeks after THE SHINING's original US release in 1980, the director cut several minutes from the ending, and then cut a further half-hour from the film for its European release. This screening is a rare opportunity to see the complete 144-minute version of the film on the big screen, including a number of deleted scenes and an unexpected coda.
Previews on Wednesday 31 October, and also showing from 2 November at selected cinemas
Director: Stanley Kubrick. Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd. UK/USA 1980. 144 mins.
Struggling author Jack (Nicholson) is installed as winter caretaker in an empty, snowbound hotel in the company of his wife Wendy (Duvall) and psychically gifted son Danny (Lloyd). But the hotel has a grim history, and as its dark soul begins to possess Jack, Danny too becomes enmeshed in its terrors. Based on the novel by Stephen King, Kubrick's superb essay on fluorescent-lit horror, with its combination of bleak comedy, creepy atmosphere and sumptuously horrible visuals, was an instant genre classic.
And don't miss the captivating documentary ROOM 237, showing at selected cinemas from 26 October.
ROOM 237 (15) - tickets on sale soon!
Director: Rodney Ascher. USA 2012. 102 mins.
Genre-blurring shorts director Rodney Ascher follows the viral success of his 2010 Sundance debut, THE S FROM HELL, with a visual bibliography based on Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING. Having interviewed Kubrick devotees such as veteran foreign correspondent Bill Blakemore, filmmaker/alchemist Jay Weidner and idiosyncratic novelist Juli Kearns, the movie forensically deconstructs Kubrick’s classic psycho-horror film, and often to mischievous effect. Citing Kubrick’s interest in the Holocaust, his supposed involvement in faking America’s first moon-landing and any manner of fascinating if not fanciful claims, Ascher uses footage borrowed from both Kubrick’s movies and elsewhere, stop-motion, slo-mo and much ingenious montage to emphasise them. Often clearly playful, sometimes thoughtful and even convincing, the net result is always highly watchable and a must for anyone interested in Kubrick and his masterwork.