Making "The Shining"
December 9, 2007 10:27 PM   Subscribe

The Making of the Shining (Google Video, 35 minutes). Commentary track from the filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick's daughter Vivian.
posted by dhammond (18 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Yep, it's a double. -- cortex

And heeeeeere's a double.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:30 PM on December 9, 2007

Although I think the voiceover was added, yeah?
posted by miss lynnster at 10:31 PM on December 9, 2007

posted by dhammond at 10:34 PM on December 9, 2007

posted by phaedon at 10:37 PM on December 9, 2007 [2 favorites]

While we're here, that's a lovely comment, miss lynster.
posted by dhammond at 10:42 PM on December 9, 2007

Here's what Danny, now 34, is up to: "Lloyd is now an assistant professor of biology at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.[1] He prefers to focus on his current career." ..... "Because of his age (6) and the genre of The Shining (1980), Lloyd was closely guarded by Kubrick during filming and didn't realize it was a horror film until several years later, despite his notoriety and his famous line "Redrum! Redrum!" (Wikipedia)

posted by chips ahoy at 10:45 PM on December 9, 2007

He was an amazing guy.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:46 PM on December 9, 2007

Wow, ml. I wish I had a single childhood memory like that. That's wonderful.
posted by empath at 10:54 PM on December 9, 2007

Shouldn't it be "Commentary track from the filmaker, Stanley Kubrick's, daughter Vivian."? Unless Vivian actually made the film?
posted by Justinian at 11:12 PM on December 9, 2007

Justinian, I was referring to the filmmaker of the documentary about The Shining.
posted by dhammond at 11:16 PM on December 9, 2007

I actually wrote him years later to thank him. He made a permanent impact on my life in those 40 minutes and I really wanted him to know. I sent the letter February 1988, and I received a response a few months later from his wife. She said that he'd died in November of 1987 (just missed him!) and that they'd been married for over 50 years. She thanked me for the letter, said she cried when she read it, and included a photo of him that she autographed for me, adding that she wished he was there to sign it for me.

I have the photo and letter hanging in my office. At first I was sorry I didn't write the letter before he died, but then I decided that it probably happened exactly as it was supposed to. I probably gave Scatman a bigger gift by letting his widow know that he made a big difference to people and wasn't going to be forgotten any time soon.

posted by miss lynnster at 11:17 PM on December 9, 2007 [3 favorites]

This is the same making of that's on the DVD I have, and I finally decided to watch it two days ago after watching the movie for the umteenth time. So were Duvall's little spells and ill health real, or just attention-seeking devices?
posted by DakotaPaul at 11:18 PM on December 9, 2007

Oops, I can't read. Yay!
posted by Justinian at 11:28 PM on December 9, 2007

This same documentary is included on the DVD I have of The Shining, and I found it immensely interesting and entertaining. So much better than most of these "making of" clips that accompany every movie these days, which are mostly talking heads, offering us endless "Oh, it was so wonderful working with________." And "Oh, ________'s a genius, and so much fun to work with!"... ad nauseum. But this little film is so much fresher, and real. The whole "making of" hadn't yet become a genre.

And wow, was Kubrick rough on Shelley Duvall! She's obviously very emotional, and seemingly a bit insecure, and it looks like Kubrick kind of kept her on edge, probably knowing full well that it would help get that amazing, truly frightened performance out of her.

Also touching how Scatman Cruthers (what a great face that guy had) gets all emotional during his interview. "I'll never forget this."

God, I miss Kubrick. What a giant.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:40 PM on December 9, 2007

posted by A189Nut at 11:45 PM on December 9, 2007

posted by hortense at 12:17 AM on December 10, 2007

The Shining and others
posted by hortense at 12:22 AM on December 10, 2007

Double or not, I can't get over the awesomeness of miss lynnster's Scatman Crothers story.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:10 AM on December 10, 2007

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