If you haven’t seen this yet, it’s sort of drop everything and watch it.
Stanley Kubrick allowed his then-17-year-old daughter, Vivian, to make a documentary about the production of The Shining. Created all originally for the British television show BBC Arena, the documentary offers rare insight into the shooting process of a Kubrick film.
Here’s Vivian Kubrick‘s narration of the documentary, 23 years later:
Another documentary, “Staircases to Nowhere,” which is more of an oral history of the film.
Stanley never considered any other actors for the lead. Jack Nicholson was the only choice. And you don’t audition Jack. Shelley Duvall, who played his wife, was spotted in another film. It would have been totally wrong to have a screen beauty – we needed a good character actor.
Some scenes were easier than people imagine: Jack hacking down the door with an axe was peanuts. All he needed to do was make the wood crack well. Shelley had a much harder time, because she had to be over-the-top scared all the time. Stanley was constantly telling her to look more afraid.
He always said never try to explain something you don’t understand: the moment you do, you fall on your face. So Jack writes that silly sentence over and over and starts chewing the curtains. It doesn’t make sense that he doesn’t realise he’s sick. Or that there are ghosts. It’s a great film – but if you want an explanation, forget it.
Screenplay for the final deleted scene.
When the film was first released, a hospital epilogue was located between the shot of Jack frozen in the snow and the long dolly shot through the lobby that ends on the July 4, 1921 framed photo.
Kubrick decided to remove the scene very shortly after the U.S. opening, dispatching assistants to excise the scene from the dozens of prints showing in Los Angeles and New York City. All known copies of the scene were reportedly destroyed, although it is rumored that one surviving copy may exist.
Post production script.
The Shining behind the scenes photos at Pinterest.