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Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is a Kubrick film, which is to say it is an interpretation of Stephen King’s novel.  While King wrote a gothic ghost story, Kubrick made a film that asked the psychological question: were Jack Torrance and his family actually being haunted, or was it all in Jack’s slowly melting mind?   While King’s story believes in ghosts and the supernatural, I don’t think Kubrick himself believed in any of that at all.
Kubrick wanted to take that story and translate it cinematically, which is to say that he wanted to create his own story using his own imagery: the elevators gushing torrents of blood (not in the book), the twins stalking the hallways (not in the book), and finally, Nicholson’s frozen image at the end, which is not at all in the book.  But that’s all fine, because for the purists The Shining novel, is a completely different beast from the film.  To compare the two, is to be disappointed in my opinion.  They are each their own experiences, and I won’t dare to say that either is better than the other.  I am a huge King fan, and I think the book is amazing, but the Kubrick film is it’s own piece of art.
-Eren Cain
thefinalimage:

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is a Kubrick film, which is to say it is an interpretation of Stephen King’s novel.  While King wrote a gothic ghost story, Kubrick made a film that asked the psychological question: were Jack Torrance and his family actually being haunted, or was it all in Jack’s slowly melting mind?   While King’s story believes in ghosts and the supernatural, I don’t think Kubrick himself believed in any of that at all.
Kubrick wanted to take that story and translate it cinematically, which is to say that he wanted to create his own story using his own imagery: the elevators gushing torrents of blood (not in the book), the twins stalking the hallways (not in the book), and finally, Nicholson’s frozen image at the end, which is not at all in the book.  But that’s all fine, because for the purists The Shining novel, is a completely different beast from the film.  To compare the two, is to be disappointed in my opinion.  They are each their own experiences, and I won’t dare to say that either is better than the other.  I am a huge King fan, and I think the book is amazing, but the Kubrick film is it’s own piece of art.
-Eren Cain
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The Man Who Left His Will on Film, 1970 (dir. Nagisa Oshima)
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