To mark the occasion, I've highlighted the opening scene of the film, which is essentially Jack Torrance's (Jack Nicholson) initial trip to the Overlook Hotel. It's surely not the most thrilling scene from the movie, but, if you're like me, it fills you with a heavy sense of dread. The camera glides across still-as-death water, twisting roads, and beautiful, green trees, all to the sounds of a foreboding score ANDITCREEPSMEOUT.
The Steadicam shots later in the film are often singled out but I really think the camerawork in this opening scene is great. Sure, it's just scenic shots filmed from a helicopter but it's still pretty awesome, especially around 1:10 when the helicopter zooms up to the car and past it. This scene is a reminder that The Shining isn't just a great horror film, it's a work of art as well.
What's funny about this scene is that outtakes were supposedly re-used by Ridley Scott for the happy ending of Blade Runner. I can't imagine this scene being used to convey anything happy.
If you're going to Sun-Ray tonight I hope you enjoy the film and Room 237. I've heard a lot about the latter recently and any documentary about Kubrick craziness has to be worth a watch. Happy Friday!
I would love to see The Shining in theatres. Oh man would that be cool. This movie gives me a sense of unease and fear right away and no other movie has done that sense. Great postReplyDelete
Jason - It was pretty awesome seeing it on the big screen. Everything looks different and I noticed at least one detail I'd never seen before. Thanks for reading!Delete
I agree, an amazing opening, eerie splendor, which still holds up. A great location they found to film it.ReplyDelete
But...I can't find Kubrick's bearded face in the clouds, right after Kubrick's name in the credits...what's wrong with me? :)
Chris - Look again - it's right next to the clouds shaped like the Calumet can and Hitler.Delete
Thanks for reading!
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