file:///E|/Funny%20&%20Weird%20Shit/75%%20Stephen%20King%20Books /Stephen%20King%%20The%meteolille.info Shining. THE SHINING BY STEPHEN KING This is for Joe Hill King, who shines on. — — — — — — — My editor on this book, as on. By Stephen King and published by Hodder & Stoughton FICTION: Carrie 'Salem's Lot The Shining Night Shift The Stand Chr.
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meteolille.info - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. KUBRICK DIDN'T EVEN READ A SCREENPLAY THAT STEPHEN KING WROTE . Read The Shining (The Shining #1) online free from your iPhone, iPad, android, Pc, Mobile. The Shining is a Horror novel by Stephen King. Book Description: Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the.
There is an article in the issue about incest, so the most common theory is that Kubrick was subtly implying that Danny may have experienced sexual abuse. Another articleadvertised on the cover is Interview: The Selling. Perhaps Kubrick was throwing in some extra foreshadowing.
Regardless, no normal hotel leaves copies of Playgirl lying around, so the magazine serves as an immediate red flag in the film. The Shining seemed to introduce a promising child star in Dan Lloyd. He ended up having a role in a TV film two years later, but that was the extent of his acting career.
We kept trying for several years To protect Dan, who was 5 when he made the film, Kubrick told him that they were filming a drama. He didnt even see the actual film until he was He said later, I just personally dont find it scary because I saw it behind the scenes.
I know it might be kind of ironic, but I like funny films and documentaries. The catch phrase worked and stayed in the film. Some behind-the- scenes footage, which can be seen here, shows.
Nicholsons method acting before filming the iconic scene. In addition to improvising one of the most famous lines of the film, Nicholson actually wrote an entire scene. He felt a particularly deep understanding of Jack Torrance's berating of his wife while hes trying to write. I was under the pressure of being a family man with a daughter and one day I accepted a job to act in a movie in the daytime and I was writing a movie at night and Im back in my little corner and my beloved wife Sandra, walked in on what was unbeknownst to her, this maniacand I told Stanley about it and we wrote it into the scene.
Though he had a good relationship with Nicholson, Kubrick was notoriously brutal on Shelley Duvall during filming. In her words, From May until October I was really in and out of ill health because the stress of the role was so great. Stanley pushed me and prodded me further than Ive ever been pushed before. Its the most difficult role Ive ever had to play. The scene in which Wendy is swinging a bat at Jack is an example of this pushing. The scene actually made it into The Guinness Book of Records because it took takes, the most for a scene with spoken dialogue.
Pickens had already worked with Kubrick before. He played Major T. King Kong in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and. Love the Bomb. Regardless, he was a particularly strange pick for the role of Dick Hallorann because the character is black in the book. Pickens chose to not work with Kubrick again, as he did not like the strenuous Dr. Strangelove shoots. The role then went to Scatman Crothers.
Observant Shining fan Rob Ager noticed that there are many aspects to the set of The Overlook Hotel that make no sense. For example, Ullmans office has a window to outside, but there are rooms surrounding the office, making that window impossible. This is the case for many of the windows in the film they dont work in context. There is also a hallway in the Colorado Lounge that essentially appears out of nowhere.
Ager created a video in which he maps out the nonsensical visuals. The executive producer of The Shining, Jan Harlan, has stated that this was intentional. The interiors dont make sense," he said in In fact, nothing makes sense. Toward the end of shooting, a fire broke out and destroyed multiple sets. According to the set still photographer, It was a huge fire in there one night, massive fire, we never really discovered what caused that fire and it burned down two soundstages and threatened a third at Elstree Studios.
It was an eleven alarm fire call, it was huge. Theres a famous picture of Kubrick laughing in front of this wreckage. Perhaps hes laughing because he knows the novel ends with The Overlook Hotel burning down. And that was just for the final scene! At the end of The Shining, Jack chases young Danny through a snow-covered hedge maze before finally dying.
To create the elaborate, wintery maze, it took a lot of salt and crushed Styrofoam. Kubrick is notorious for his lengthy film productions. Sources differ on how long shooting itself lasted, but it probably went on for almost a year.
Around the time he was making the film, Kubrick said, There is a wonderful suggestive timeliness [that the structure] of making a movie imposes on your life. Im doing exactly the same as I was doing when I was eighteen and making my first movie. It frees you from any other sense of time. Its not uncommon for a films ending to change in post- production, but Kubrick changed the ending of the film after it had been playing in theaters for a weekend.
The film version is lost, but pages from the screenplay do exist. The scene takes place after Jack dies in the snow. Ullman visits Wendy in the hospital. He tells her, About the things you saw at the hotel. He also encourages Wendy and Danny to stay with him for a while. The film ends with text over black, The Overlook Hotel would survive this tragedy, as it had so many others.
It is still open each year from May 20th to September 20th. It is closed for the winter. Roger Ebert deemed the cut a good decision. According to him, Kubrick was wise to remove that epilogue Things werent looking good for Kubrick after Barry Lyndon was released in The Shining did a lot better financially. It was one the top ten highest-grossing films of So many film theorists have their own takes on The Shining that these conspiracies star in their own film: One theory is that Kubrick helped to fake the moon landing and The Shining is his confession.
Another claims that the film is truly about the genocide of Native Americans. Yet another theory reads the film as a story about the Holocaust and concentration camps. Leon Vitali, Kubricks personal assistant during filming, has since denied these theories. Hesays of the documentary, I was falling about. There are ideas espoused in the movie that I know to be total balderdash. Unkrich runs The Overlook Hotel, which contains tons of pictures and behind-the-scenes information about the film. I started the site purely for selfish reasons," he said.
Unkrich was also one of the people who helped fund the Room documentary. But, undeniably the most fun part about Unkrichs Shining obsession is finding the hidden references in Toy Story 3. Sids carpet is very similar to a carpet in the Overlook Hotel. A garbage trucks license plate reads RM And Trixie chats online with a dinosaur toy down the street who happens to have the screen name Velocistar What happened to Jack in the end of the movie?
One of the most puzzling questions in The Shining has always been; what happened to Jack at the end of the movie? In Stephen Kings novel he dies in a boiler explosion inside The Overlook, but nothing that simple happens here. In another undeniable Kubrickian reversal of the source novel at the end of the movie we see him frozen solid outside of The Overlook.
But what may have been also included in the first directors cut, and later removed, is that his body couldnt be found by the police. This is very important. His body just disappears and to answer the question we should look at something else first; was Jack ever in the hotel before?
What would lead us to believe Jacks been to The Overlook before as he definitely wasnt there before in Stephen Kings novel? Early on he says this to Wendy, It was as though I had been here before but this statement doesnt really prove anything. Gradys famous line, I'm sorry to differ with you, sir, but you are the caretaker. You have always been the caretaker, I should know, sir.
I've always been here cannot be used as proof that Jacks returned because his visions of Grady are a product of his own imagination, combined with his growing madness coupled with his ability to Shine.
If The Overlook is speaking to him through Grady it cant be believed because as Danny states in Stephen Kings novel, The house always lies. Then we see it! Jack appears standing in The Overlook in the last picture of the movie dated July 4th Ask anybody whos seen "The Shining" if Jack Torrance has ever been there before and they will all use this picture as the one irrefutable example of it.
Of course he was, Ive seen a picture of him with a date under it from , Im absolutely sure of it, it has to be; Are you fing crazy? The audience has been masterfully manipulated, this is just too easy. On the surface the picture is just to easy to interpret and as Ill show you Stanley Kubricks put specific suggestions in our heads throughout the movie; Jack has never been in the hotel before, hasnt returned, and isnt Grady reincarnated.
No matter how hard you say, I believe, I believe it just isnt so; weve been manipulated by a master. Any serious discussion of this film must address what happens in the last scene and cant be considered complete without it.
Weve seen throughout the movie that whenever someone Shines something moves, changes color or disappears whether inside or outside of The Overlook. Just about all of the props in the last shot except the ceiling. The cast members have all gone. But you must ask yourself; am I the one seeing the vision this time with the song "Midnight, The Stars and You" playing in my ears?
The chairs are now covered maybe indicating that The Caretaker is gone and there are more no invisible entities sitting around on them. The Gold Room sign moves across the floor from left to right but hasnt changed with the same 2 artists pictures on it indicating to me that were still in the present time frame and not in the past, or in some recurring BS sci-fi time warp. The 2 mirrors on the sides of the 21 pictures are gone, replaced by Indian artwork, and the red couch, another place to sit, has now disappeared.
Lastly, don't forget theres the most important alteration in the whole movie maybe of any movie ever , the 21 pictures on the wall. Theyre entirely different from what was in this spot when weve seen it several other times throughout the movie and the most puzzling image of all time dead center, Overlook Hotel July 4th Ball , just wasnt there before this last shot of the movie. No one ever noticed this. How could all the pictures be different?
Anyone who doesnt realize by now that all the cast members in this movie have a very special ability may be hopelessly thick. They can see visions, speak together telepathically, change the colors of possessions and surroundings, and they can move objects without touching them.
This is what the movie is about and its obvious someone used this special power and Shined that picture onto the wall at the end of the movie, but everyone in the story with the power is either dead or has left the building; Do you know who did it this time? Stanley Kubrick has added yet another brilliant twist to this movie maybe the greatest hidden twist in movie history ; In the end as the camera zooms in on the center picture we, the audience, are the only ones there in the lobby, and we become an integral part of the movie.
Jack was never in The Overlook in but we, never realizing that its us doing it, Shine him to the spot on the wall where we believe he was and belongs; back into the Overlooks past. In the end he doesnt exist anymore.
Nothing more, nothing less. Weve turned him into just a picture on a wall. Now hes where he belongs, in the Overlook, frozen for all time, for ever and ever and ever. Throughout this entire movie weve been guided by the art of Stanley Kubricks simple suggestions and are unshakenly positive in our belief that Jack Torrance was in a past life, Grady, The Overlooks caretaker.
In the end, again, were seeing a reflection of what we thought was real. Kubricks intelligence, and just doesnt get this movie. This must have a valid and plausible explanation. No one would go through the trouble of finding an authentic picture from , as stated in his interview with Michel Ciment, and then forget to hang it up till the end of the movie.
Come on, get real. Jack was never. In It's a Good Life, Billy Mumy plays a child who has a special power that will look very familiar if you ever get to watch it. Hes totally evil and is able to transform people he doesnt like into inanimate objects at will.
If you ever get to see this episode youll know why the picture isnt there for most of the movie and what power transformed the 21 pictures on the wall in the end.
It will also become very clear who did it. But its so obvious; Jacks been reincarnated. Everyone believes hes been in The Overlook before. This is the enormous power held in this one enigmatic image. The image of Jack standing there is almost like a religious icon. Theres a weird kind of faith people have in it, that its telling us hes been in The Overlook before.
It's unshakable. The audience must be aware of the visual inconsistencies contained in that picture though. They cant be explained away or ignored, and I believe they prove that hes never been there before. Unfortunately Stanley Kubrick will be no help whatsoever in trying to understand whats going on in the end of The Shining.
Look carefully at what Stanley Kubrick said about this scene in his interview with Michel Ciment. He could have told Michel exactly what the ballroom picture means, but instead he cleverly says this; The ballroom photograph at the very end suggests the reincarnation of Jack. The implication here is obvious.
He wants Michel Ciment, as well as the rest of us, to think that something exists or else he simply wouldnt have used that word. Everyone is positive they have the answer to the most puzzling question in this movie because the power of this one image, and what it says, is unbelievable. But look closely at Jack in the final picture. The Overlook's caretaker worked in the winter. Its a total paradox. July 4th is in the summer and Jack wouldnt have been there.
He isnt the caretaker in that picture either if you look closely hes The Manager. It isnt even July 4th, as the only identifiable object seen there would obviously make us think of a New Years Eve party.
Unless you're someone who uses New Years Party favors in the summer. And what happened to all the other caretakers that had to have worked in between and before Jack and Grady?
It can be just as powerful in a movie but we see this in life all the time; the amazing power of a single image. Stanley Kubrick purposely created a cinematic enigma that he knew viewers would be trying to understand for a very long time. In a beautifully simple way he made it as hard as possible to figure out because the more you look, the more you notice. And the more you notice, well No one can argue this fact though; he released a work that looked exactly the way he wanted it to. It was planned out ahead of time and what we see on the screen was placed there purposely.
It is what it is. What we see cant be changed and has to be the foundation of any attempted explanation. If you just want to enjoy The Shining on a basic level what Ive shown here wont matter to you, but if your desire is to delve into a deeper understand of this work youll need to look very carefully at this picture. I stated before I dont believe Jacks ever been in The Overlook before. Its the reverse of what everyone else believes but everything needed to prove my seemingly outrageous statement is there in the picture.
It must be looked at and any examination of the last shot in The Shining that doesnt acknowledge or attempt to explain these three obvious facts is intentionally incomplete. The first problem as I stated before is the definition of reincarnation; the rebirth of a soul in a [new] body. Jack is still in the same body and this cant be changed; by the very definition he hasnt been reincarnated. Second, theres one glaring problem with the July 4th picture that hardly anyone has ever realized, yet cant be ignored.
If Jack is the reincarnated caretaker from the Overlooks past, or for that matter if he has ever been there in a previous life, than the picture had to have been taken in The Overlook.
It may say Overlook Hotel July 4th Ball but the party depicted in the picture quite simply isnt in any room of The Overlook. Weve seen all the big rooms in the hotel and there's absolutely no indication of another one either in the movie or the novel.
This is no mistake. Its such a brilliant yet simple deception. Stanley Kubrick makes us believe the photo was taken in The Overlook by whats written on it.
Anything can be written on a picture but it doesnt make it true. Kubrick aficionados can jump up and down, throw tantrums, spit blood, or spin their heads like Regan from the Exorcist, but it will.
The place depicted in the picture is just not The Overlook. Stanley Kubrick planned it this way and this picture simply cannot be used as proof that Jack has ever been in The Overlook before in this or any other lifetime because its obvious, the picture has been taken somewhere else.
The somewhere else Stanley Kubrick may have had in mind might be an interesting thing to ponder though. Again we must return to what I showed you before.
The third and most important thing about this picture that I bet you never noticed until now is; its not there on the wall at any other time in the movie. The most enigmatic prop in movie history just appears on the wall in the last shot? I believe someone Shined it up there. After all Shining is what this story is about, not reincarnation and theres not a shred of evidence that any supernatural power other than Shining is going on here.
Something else happened to Jack Torrance at the end of this story. We still see him in the same body; its not reincarnation as the definition of the word is very precise. Jack's never been in The Overlook before and the final picture wasnt there earlier in the movie because, in the storys time line, what it depicts simply hasnt happened yet.
Its our vision of Jacks future that Stanley Kubrick made to look like the past, and it happens at the very end of the story when all the cast members with this power are gone. Hes been frozen again a second time, for the rest of time. Shined onto a wall in a hotel where he will be for ever, and ever, and ever. Look at all the major reversals Stanley Kubrick made to Stephen Kings story. In the novel Jack burns to death, The Overlook is destroyed and.
In the movie The Overlook is not destroyed, Jack is frozen and remains there on the wall forever. Its obvious, but old perceptions die- hard and again a knee-jerk explanation for all this is that the picture has mistakes in it. But Stanley Kubrick doesnt make mistakes like this without a reason and anyone who thinks he does should be prepared to prove how they know this for a fact.
The Shining was released looking exactly the way he wanted it to. Were looking at a brilliant deception. Everyone thinks they see people attending a party back in The picture looks like the past but we dont even know for certain whether its past, present, or future; or what it actually depicts.
The question thats never asked is who are the people in the picture? Maybe its a get together of previous Shiners who visited The Overlook in the past.
If you look closely all the sofas do disappear as the movie progresses no place for their Doppelgangers to sit. When you read the next section of my blog youll understand why I believe the picture is not only there in the end but might actually depict a different type of end; a future gathering in hell. Whether you like his character or not Jack took a major wrong turn in life.
I mentioned before Stanley Kubricks obvious manipulation of time codes in this movie. If you look closely the shot where Jack gulps down his first drink is exactly 66 minutes and 6 seconds into the movie. Could this have just happened by chance? Its undeniable the time code is exact to the second from when the story starts after the: If you dont believe me go check it out for yourself. In the last picture if Jack has become, as I believe, The Manager or the Master of Ceremonies in hell the people with him may very well be other Shiners who, like Jack, have passed through life and taken a similar wrong turn.
Its not The Overlook in the picture though, thats not where theyre gathered. The picture may have ended up on The Overlooks wall but they are definitely somewhere else. You may still feel Jacks been in the hotel before but think about this.
Theres something in the dialog that proves Jack in the present day Overlook could not be a reincarnation of Charles Grady who killed his family and himself. Listening to the bathroom conversation between the two Charles Grady and Delbert Grady appear to be, on the surface, the same person, but they actually arent. Stanley Kubrick gave them two different names for a reason; theyre two different entities.
One is a vision and the other is a real person. There should be no confusion about this; Delbert Grady is a vision inside Jacks head that looks exactly like the real Overlook caretaker, Charles Grady. We know this positively from the dialog Stanley Kubrick put in the movie.
Jack says this as he speaks to him in the bathroom, Mr. You were the caretaker here. I recognize ya. I saw your picture in the newspapers. Theres something here that movie viewers who have never read the book are not aware of. When Jack says, I saw your picture in the newspapers hes referring to the unexplained scrapbook that we see open on his desk throughout the movie.
The scrapbook plays a big part in the novel as its in the basement and used by the manager to lure Jack. It contains articles about the hotel and Jack eventually decides to. When he says, I saw your picture in the newspapers he already knows what Charles Grady looks like. You dont know what Grady looks like, but Jack does.
Delbert Grady, the ghost, and Charles Grady, the caretaker, look exactly the same and Jack knows this for sure. Hes imagining talking to the same Charles Grady that hes seen in the newspaper clippings who killed his family and himself in But theres a major problem here; there cant be any reincarnation of these two people because of what we know from the interview with Mr.
We know when the two little girls were killed. Jack and Charles Grady, when he worked at the hotel, are both alive at the same time in The party is all a vision were seeing from Jacks imagination. Grady may say this line You are the caretaker, you have always been the caretaker indicating all the caretakers are the same entity; Jack.
But he and Charles Grady were obviously both alive at the same time and this cant be debated or changed no matter what your opinion is. You cant be a reincarnation of someone who is alive at the same time you are. This perplexing picture is the final vision in a movie thats full of visions.
Its by someone who has the exact same ability to Shine and see visions as The Overlooks previous guests, the Torrences and Dick Hallorann who we know in the end are all either dead or like Elvis have "left the building.
The hotel is now empty except for us, the audience. Just think of how brilliantly this was put across in Stanley Kubricks script by Dick Hallorann, the only expert on Shining we know of; But there are other folks, though mostly they don't know it, or don't. That may be you he's talking about, think about it; you are the other folks that don't know it, or don't believe it. What an unbelievable twist! The power of this one image. The unbelief of realizing that it might not be what it seems.
It turns out in the end Stanley Kubrick has taken Stephen Kings story about a little boy who possesses the power to Shine and in the end reverses that power by giving it to the audience. Now, in this last perplexing shot as John Lennon sang in the song that inspired the novel We all Shine on! Dialectics From Apocalypse Now, "Do you know what the man is saying? Do you? This is dialectics. It's very simple dialectics. One through nine, no maybes, no supposes, no fractions -- you can't travel in space, you can't go out into space, you know, without, like, you know, with fractions -what are you going to land on, one quarter, three-eighths -- what are you going to do when you go from here to Venus or something -- that's dialectic physics, OK?
Dialectic logic is there's only love and hate, you either love somebody or you hate them. Dialectic logic is there's only truth and lies, you either believe somebody or you don't believe them.
In the movie Stanley Kubrick hides the racism very well. If Grady is a figment of Jack's imagination, then it's Jack and not the "ghosts" inside the Overlook where the racism now lies. Someone else on another website noticed this and it doesn't belong in this movie; I would never know what this toy was as I'd never heard of or seen aGollywog before.
But you have to believe that Stanley Kubrick added this little touch in Danny's toys to indicate that one of his parents might be a racist, as they were the ones that probably gave it to him. It might have something to do with Dick Hallorann's death but I don't believe it because Stanley Kubrick is a perfectionist and the Gollywog isn't even close to the spot where he is killed.
The rabit on the tryke is but not the Gollywog. You'll have to be the judge but it is an. Hidden very subtly just like everything else I've discussed. A vision is similar to a hallucination or an illusion, and a ghost is an actual presence that becomes manifest to the living. Its very interesting that Stanley Kubrick doesnt use either word, ghost or vision, when he has Dick Hallorann explain Shining, and what he might be seeing inside the hotel, to Danny.
Well, you know Doc, when something happens it can leave a trace of itself behind. Say like if someone burns toast. Well, maybe things that happened leave other kind of traces behind. Not things that anyone can notice, but things that people who 'shine' can see.
Hes talking about Dannys ability to see past events that have happened inside The Overlook, and he doesnt say a word about ghosts or that The Overlook is haunted. Hes describing visions to Danny here not ghosts, and he would have indicated so if he was. In Stephen Kings novel he doesnt know about ghosts either. The spirits are aroused because Danny is in the hotel and they want his power. In Stanley Kubrick's Overlook its Jack that arouses the "ghosts" after he opens the scrapbook we see sitting on his desk throughout the film.
Jack is the only cast member that knows what The Overlook's previous guests all look like; Dick Hallorann doesn't! In the movie Dick Hallorann doesnt mention The Overlook being haunted, or that there are ghosts there, because hes never perceived any of this himself and if he did know of these things he would have told Danny so exactly like he explained his ability to Shine. What the Torrances are perceiving in The Overlook only happens after Jack arrives.
To a screen audience a vision or a ghost would both appear the same. But if you look closely at the script Stanley Kubrick puts proof that characters can project these visions into each others minds.
It appears that both Danny and Dick Hallorann experience the exact same vision of Jack entering room Danny is in his room and Dick Hallorann is several thousand miles away yet they see the exact same thing. If it happens once it can happen many other times like when Jack kills Dick Hallorann, Danny sees it and screams while hiding inside the cabinet on the other side of the hotel.
The visions that characters in the movie experience are interesting and important to look at and Ive listed each of them. Jack is at the Overlook during every vision that Danny Dick or Wendy have, and we know from the dialogue the exact spot where he has the opportunity to peer into the Overlooks scrapbook 5: Visions begin appearing to the characters right after that.
Stanley Kubrick tells us in the dialogue that these visions aren't real, Remember what Mr. Hallorann said. It's just like pictures in a book, Danny.
It isn't real. In the movie the Torrance's see 21 separate visions. After Jack has the opportunity to. The ones that didnt make it onto the hotels walls, the ones that arent, all the best people that Mr. Ullman speaks about during their tour. The exact same guests that appear in their visions. If The Overlook was haunted Mr. Ullman would have been proud of it and told Jack that fact during the interview, after all he did tell him about the murders.
Stanley Kubrick got an idea for using certain colors from Stephen Kings novel where Dick Hallorann smelled oranges when he Shined. Being that smell can not yet be adequately brought across to a theater audience Stanley Kubrick made the brilliant decision to use the two pigments a painter mixes together to make the color orange, then use those as a visual device to indicate Shining.
Heres my list of the visions and I've indicated where the color red, yellow, or the color produced if you mix them together orange is present in each. Danny sees 9 visions the audience only sees 8 of them and they are in dark red. Jack sees 8 visions and they are in dark violet. Wendy sees 4 visions and they are in dark green. With the final vision seen only by the audience. Danny sees the bloody elevators, the women in room , and Redrum all twice, and he sees the Grady twins four times.
Lloyd and Grady both talk to Jack twice. And Wendys visions appear to her only once each. Jack arrives at the hotel and is taken on his first tour by Bill Watson where he has an opportunity to look into the scrapbook. The elevator doors and the blood are red.
Danny is throwing red darts. Jack is throwing the yellow ball and both Wendy and Danny are wearing red. Red shirt and red trike wheels changed from white in the beginning of the film. Wendys red coat and Dannys red boots. Danny is wearing a red sweater. A red room key is in the door of room Both Lloyd and Jack are wearing red. The middle of the film where Jack becomes totally possessed by evil If you look closely at the time code, the shot where we hear Jack gulp down his first drink is exactly 66 minutes and 6 seconds into the movie.
Dick Hallorann's room is orange and he has a large red picture behind his head. Danny is wearing red. Jack is wearing red. Danny and Jack are both wearing red. The other set of red elevators are seen. Both Lloyd and Jack again are wearing red. Grady spills yellow advacot on Jack and they have a conversation in a red bathroom. Redrum is written in red on a yellow door. Jack is wearing red and is surrounded by red Calumet cans and red Golden Rey boxes; all of which mysteriously move between shots without being touched.
The final chase after Wendy looks into another important book on Jack's desk, "All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy", and she begins to see visions for the first time in the film. Dogmans face is yellow. Wendy passes the red couch that disappears in the last shot of the movie.
The three mirrors in the shot also disappear. The hallway and elevators are both red. Jack is dead and everyone is gone. One last vision is seen by the audience who also have the ability to "Shine" and see visions that are like, "pictures in a book".
The conspicuous red couch under the pictures and the mirrors have also disappeared. Does Delbert Grady ever tell the truth in the story? Its amazing how in The Shining Stanly Kubrick is able to manipulate the audience into believing that lies are the truth and that the truth is a lie.
And this may be what the final picture in the movie is actually all about. Why do we believe what we believe? What Im going to show you now has flown right over the heads of most viewers. Its quite incredible when you think about it though. As you viewed The Shining have you ever thought about what Delbert Gradys character is actually saying? Is he telling the truth? Of course he is everyone knows that Jacks been in The Overlook before because Delbert Grady says so; no one ever asks this question about his truthfulness because weve been manipulated.
Grady is an honest God fearing ghost. He may have had some problems with his family in the past but he corrected them. He even tries to convince Jack to kill his family but if you put all these shortcomings aside he has stellar credibility.
As far as ghosts go hes the top of the heap; honest and true. But it never dawns on us that something is tremendously wrong here. Dick Hallorann never lies in the movie and what he says is not believed yet Grady has no credibility at all and what he says is believed wholeheartedly. If you actually thought about it what seems right is where the truth ends up being; in the movie Grady lies about everything and Dick Hallorann never lies its so obvious.
But when you finally realize this its gonna make your head spin because it will change everything about how you perceive this movie. Look closely at the conversation Jack has with Delbert Grady as there is evidence in the dialogue that everything he says to Jack is a lie.
And remember that I believe that Jack is talking to his imaginary friend his version of Danny's friend Tony as he looks into the mirrors, not a ghost: Grady, sir. Delbert Grady That's right, sir.
At first this seems to be just one more of those enigmatic things that Stanley Kubrick placed in The Shining. Just a perplexing mystery with no real answer. But he doesnt tell Jack his real name; its a lie as we know from the dialogue where Mr. Ullman tells us that his real name is Charles Grady, not Delbert Grady. In the novel there is no Delbert Grady, just Charles Grady.
The name Delbert Grady is a lie. Ah, Mr. Why no, sir. I don't believe so. This is another lie as in the dialogue Jack tells us later on that he's seen his picture in the scrapbook we see opened on his desk and Grady would definitely know about the scrapbook. Another lie as Charles Grady as we know from the dialogue where Mr.
Ullman tells us was the caretaker of The Overlook in Youre a married man, are you, Mr. Yes, sir. I have a wife and eh two daughters, sir. And, ah Oh, they're somewhere around. I'm not quite sure at the moment, sir. Another lie as Mr. Ullman tells us in the dialogue that Grady actually did hack them to death. Grady, you were the caretaker here. I recognize you. You ah That's strange, sir.
I don't have any recollection of that at all. Ullman tells us that all this actually happened. We also now know that the "ghost" Jack is imagining looks exactly the same as the real Charles Grady. I'm sorry to differ with you, sir, but you are the caretaker. I've always been here.
Another lie because if Delbert Grady had, always been in The Overlook his face would be in the picture at the July 4th ball in along with Jack at the end of the movie. They were both caretakers and he must be in that picture and must like Jack look exactly the same. Did you know, Mr. Torrance, that your son Did you know that? If you find this hard to believe remember that Dick Hallorann knows something is.
This is very important; as Jack meets the old woman he is Shining that image of room into Dick Halloranns head. Danny never telepathically calls Dick Hallorann when he's attacked, in fact there is no place in the dialogue or on the screen that proves that he ever calls on him at all.
Your son has a very great talent.
I don't think you are aware how great it is, but he is attempting to use that very talent against your will. This is an obvious lie as Danny never does anything except ride around The Overlook, play with his toys, watch cartoons, and escape from his crazy ax wielding father.
Stanley Kubrick hides this extremely well but we hardly ever see Danny use his special ability in the movie. If you find this hard to believe, think about this. At the end of the movie as he's running for his life Danny uses his wits rather than his "very great talent" to outsmart his father.
Its an amazing example of manipulation were witnessing here and it has obvious parallels in human society. Because of the way the characters are presented the natural instinct after viewing The Shining is to believe all the things that the putative ghost Delbert Grady says and to ignore what the totally truthful Dick Hallorann says.
Its really unbelievable when you stop and think about it. Dick Hallorann never lies yet people dont believe the obvious explanations he gives us about whether the ghostsin the hotel are real or not, Remember what Mr.
It "isn't real yet everyone believes that Jack has been in The Overlook before because Delbert Grady says, You have always been. This ends up being a study in mass manipulation on the highest level and has everything to do with the final picture in the movie which is also not what it appears. Ask yourself this question; why do you believe what you believe? If you truly want to understand Stanley Kubricks Shining you have to be able to decipher whether what the characters are telling you is the truth or a lie.
One thing I never expected when writing this blog was that anyone would question the truthfulness of Dick Halloranns dialogue. For me its part of the explanation of this enigmatic movie and the meanings that Stanley Kubrick concealed in the script like the pictures taken from the movie and the alterations he made to Stephen Kings novel cant be changed.
Viewers will attempt to interpret things in their own ways but the words Stanley Kubrick placed in his finished film can't be altered. They are what they are. Its like when Stanley Kubrick added this easy to miss statement in the dialogue as Dick Hallorann's explanation of why he returns to The Overlook, Ullman phoned me last night, and I'm supposed to go up there and find out if they have to be replaced.
Its not a mistake to take his explanation along with the other things Dick Hallorann says in the film as the truth. I believe the statement for two reasons. It's all about character, and Dick Hallorann has character. He's the hero of this story. In the novel Dick Hallorann lies several times about why he's going back to The Overlook.
He tells variations of his story about his son being shot to the park rangers, to his boss, to the cop that pulls him over, and to Larry Durkin at the garage. They all ask him flat out the same question but he doesn't tell 29 them the real reason for his return. He doesn't tell any of them that Danny uses the "Shine" to call him in Florida. But in the film Stanley Kubrick cleverly alters all this, his "Shining" is different from Stephen King's.
If you can find any spot in the dialogue of this film where Danny calls on anyone for help please go back to my main blog and post it. You may feel in your bones that Danny is calling for help in the room scene but he isn't. He doesn't call or ask for help when he's being strangled, at the end of the film when he's being chased by his father with an ax or at any other point in the story. This simply never happens in the film. In his movie Stanley Kubrick cleverly reverses what's happening and Dick Hallorann now only gives one reason for his return and it's either true or false.
There's nowhere in the movie where Dick Hallorann lies, cheats, dumbs down, exaggerates, misleads or tells any falsehood to anyone at all. Any attempt at un-explaining this explicit statement that he makes to his friend Larry Durkin about why hes returning to The. Overlook and who sends him there is pure speculation and a fabrication from the mind of someone that has another agenda, someone who doesnt want his statement to be true.
But what Stanley Kubrick has him say is very explicit and we dont have enough information to make a wild guess that contradicts what Dick Hallorann plainly states.
In the end, as in life, we either believe what he says because of the type of person he is or we dont. There's no other information to go by in the film.
But whats even more important is; his statement is either true or it isnt as Stanley Kubrick gives us no other explanation in the movie as to why he returns to the hotel. If its true, the implications of the sentence on how we view this movie are immense. His statement totally changes everything about what's actually going on under the surface of this movie because the phones are out and the only way his boss could know something is wrong at the hotel is if he sees the exact same vision of Jack walking into room as Dick and Danny see.
There is no other way he could know and the only information were given 30 from Stanley Kubrick about this is contained in that sentence. This is what totally frustrates so many of my readers who have a certain agenda. If you don't want to believe the obvious, that Stanley Kubrick gives the "Shine" to other characters in his film than you'll fight this sentence of Dick Hallorann's vehemently. But you can't change it. Its obvious that this question must be answered.
In the film does Dick Hallorann have any proclivity for lying? Some may think he was he lying to his friend like he did in the novel. He didnt want to let Larry in.
Maybe he was afraid to tell anyone else about his supernatural ability to Shine and see visions. Maybe he was afraid to tell Larry about the vision he saw of Jack in room because his friend would think he was completely crazy. But these are all just guesses because Stanley Kubrick only gives us one bit of information about this and it's different from the novel, Ullman phoned me last night, and thats it.
A lot of what Ive written about The Shining is only valid if Dick Hallorann is telling the truth as hes the only character that knows anything about the Shine. We really need to know if hes truthful or not if we ever want to truly understand this film. I was alerted to a spot in the movie where he appears, on the surface, to tell a lie so I investigated a little and ended up discovering one of the most important things about this movie that no one has ever realized.
Just who and what can you believe. Dick Hallorann: Well I think we can manage that too, Doc. Come along now. Watch your step. Hallorann, howd you know we callem 'Doc'? Beg pardon? You called Danny 'Doc' twice just now. I did? We call him Doc sometimes, you know, like in the Bugs Bunny cartoons. But how did you know that? Well I guess I probably heard you call him that.
Well, it's possible, but I honestly don't remember calling him that since we've been with you. Do you know how I knew your name was Doc? You know what I'm talking about, don't you? I can remember when I was a little boy; my grandmother and I could hold conversations entirely without ever opening our mouths. She called it shining, and for a long time I thought it was just the two of us that had the shine to us. Just like you probably thought you was the only one. But there are other folks, though mostly they don't know it, or don't believe it.
At first it appears he lies to Wendy by not telling her that the real reason he knows Dannys nickname is Doc is because he has a supernatural ability called the Shine. If hes deceptive here I cant state that he never lies, and my belief in the sentence above,Ullman phoned me last night But again in Kubrickland all is not what it appears to be. This quote is actually a goldmine for proving that Dick Hallorann is not a liar at all.
This is just what I needed even though I never thought I would have to prove that Dick Hallorann speaks the truth, being the hero of this story. It appears that Stanley Kubrick through his dialogue was well prepared for this conundrum and he has his characters give us the answers to our questions from their own mouths. The lie appears to be here; Well I guess I probably heard you call him that. He doesnt tell Wendy that he has the ability to Shine.
A lie of omission? Thinking his explanation is false is understandable because we know, or at least we think we know, that what he said cant be true. Weve been watching the movie from the start and we never actually see him hear Wendy call Danny Doc. We know Dick has the ability to Shine but when he uses his special gift this early in the story we dont know yet how it actually works.
And they do call him Doc all the time.
When he "Shines" does Dick read Wendys mind or did it actually happen the way he said, I guess I probably heard you call him that. It has to be one or the other. If hes able to read her mind than hes lying but if he actually heard her call him Doc then hes not.
And if he actually heard her call him Doc then not telling her about his ability to Shine is not a lie of omission either as he answered her question simply yet truthfully. There was no implication in her question as to whether or not he possesses a supernatural ability, or which of his many supernatural abilities he might be using on that particular day.
For these characters Shining is an unusual gift but I cant think of anywhere in the movie where one of them uses it to read someones mind. It doesnt mean its not there I just cant think of any. It doesnt matter anyway, its undeniable that there are several times in the film where people use it to hear conversations that are happening elsewhere.
Stanly Kubrick gives us plenty of evidence that people who possess the Shine can hear conversations that occur out of earshot so what Dick Hallorann tells Wendy is the truth. Dick did hear her call Danny, Doc before they met and Stanley Kubrick cleverly puts this into the dialogue so theres absolutely no confusion as to when Dick hears her use the 33 nickname Doc.
She says, I honestly don't remember calling him that since we've been with you. His perfectionism is unbelievable as Stanley Kubrick has all the bases covered. Wendy obviously knows she said it earlier in the hotel before they all met.
We know Dick Hallorann can hear conversations out of earshot but do we know for sure if hes able to know the nickname "Doc" by reading Wendys mind? Closing Day Chapter 9. Checking It Out Part Two. Closing Day Chapter Hallorann Part Two.
The Shining Part Two. The Grand Tour Part Two. The Front Porch Part Three. The Wasps' Nest Chapter Up On the Roof Part Three. Down in the Front Yard Part Three. Danny Part Three. The Doctor's Office Part Three.
The Scrapbook Part Three. Outside Part Three. Talking to Mr. Ullman Part Three. Night Thoughts Part Three. In the Truck Part Three. In the Playground Part Three. Inside Part Four. Snowbound Chapter Dreamland Part Four. Catatonic Part Four. Kitchen Talk. Part Four. Snowbound Chapter Part Four. The Snowmobile Part Four. The Hedges Part Four. The Lobby Part Four. The Elevator Part Four. The Ballroom Part Five.
Matters of Life and Death Chapter Florida Part Five. On the Stairs Part Five. In the Basement Part Five.
Daylight Part Five. Mid-Air Part Five. Drinks on the House Part Five. Conversations at the Party Part Five. Stapleton Airport, Denver Part Five. Wendy Part Five. Hallorann, Going up the Country Part Five.
Redrum Part Five. Hallorann Arrives Part Five. Wendy and Jack Part Five. Hallorann Laid Low Part Five. Tony Part Five.