The Shining

The Shining Roger Luckhurst s study of Kubrick s dark masterpiece The Shining illuminates the film s themes tropes and resonances through a detailed analysis of sequences and performances Taking the maze as a ke

  • Title: The Shining
  • Author: Roger Luckhurst
  • ISBN: 9781844576395
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Shining

    Roger Luckhurst s study of Kubrick s dark masterpiece The Shining illuminates the film s themes, tropes and resonances through a detailed analysis of sequences and performances Taking the maze as a key motif, Luckhurst offers numerous threads with which to navigate the strange twists and turns along the corridors of this enigmatic film.

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    1. Matt Lohr

      Something about Stanley Kubrick seems to leave the contributing authors of the British Film Institute's BFI Film Classics series somewhat cowed. In the face of Kubrick's frequently deliberately elliptical narrative style and enigmatic approach to subtext, the authors become bound and determined to yoke the filmmaker to the histories of the genres in which he operates. Peter Kramer's volume on 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY burned off valuable pages (remember, these books are usually fairly brief) locatin [...]

    2. Arpad Okay

      The scope of this quick read is broad and structured well, its familiarity with the book and film suits me fine, it does a nice job of balancing the technical and the esoteric. Its best combines it all: think of the Wendy Carlos Williams buzzing frequencies as the hornets' nest that is important to the book but absent from the film. Stephen King's Shining was vertical travel, the monster in the basement, and Kubrick's movement was the horizontal steadicam slide through the labyrinth. Did you kno [...]

    3. Stephen Hughes

      If you are a Kubrick nut like me, you'll enjoy this short (92 pages) study of The Shining, which concerns the film's context in terms of its place in the horror genre, as well as its hidden meanings and messages. Not as nutty an analysis as Room 237, but it will have you scratching your head when the author discusses how the film is a comment on the Holocaust, and the mistreatment of Native Americans.

    4. Danel Olson

      Word for word it is now one of my favorite meditations on _The Shining_.Roger Luckhurst grounds his book well in the history of criticism of the film, and then launches forward with some unsettled (and unsettling) questions and observations of his own. With fresh metaphors, and free from the academic jargon, meandering, and stalled-out digressions that sometimes thickly crusts over film criticism, Luckhurst is a clean axe cutting to the heart of mystery amid these mountains.

    5. Ben De Bono

      This entry into the BFI series is a good, if fairly straightforward, overview of Kubrick's film. For the most part we're not breaking any new ground with this one but the information and analysis are solid across the board. The one observation I really appreciated was when Luckhurst discussed the outlandish interpretations of The Shining - particularly those in Room 237. He points out that while those interpretations are pretty far out there, they're also a product of the labyrinthine way the fi [...]

    6. Sam Johnson

      If you are a male between the ages of 40 and 50 who was raised on movies, you have probably seen The Shining dozens of times. I’ve met so many people like me who have and can recite whole passages from it. As I said to my son a few weeks ago, I could probably watch it, start to finish, at any time. And yet it’s not one of my favorite movies. I love it, I’ve memorized it, but it’s not up there with Raging Bull and Notorious and The Searchers—and it can’t hit the heights hit by 2001. B [...]

    7. Pedro

      This seemed to me a missed opportunity. The beauty of the BFI Classics series is that it's not only for introductory studies (they do have their share of that, see Peter Krämer's lackluster entry on 2001), and even familiar classics can be made to be seen under a new light, as Will Brooker did for STAR WARS (a refreshing looking at the 1977 film only as that one film, not the phenomenon or the saga). And, of course Michel Chion managed to bring fantastic insight to his texts on EYES WIDE SHUT a [...]

    8. Ryan Splenda

      The Shining, a much maligned movie when first released, is now considered one of the best, and most important, movies in the horror genre. Kubrick takes the breakdown of the modern family and situates it in a psychological and physical maze of madness. Luckhurst further examines the maze theme (as many already have), which is the most obvious reading of this film. Where Luckhurst succeeds the most is by arguing that The Shining bridges two different eras of the horror film: the socio-political r [...]

    9. Paul

      One of my favorite BFI treatments. Luckhurst does an excellent job with balancing plot synopsis with deconstruction and criticism. If you've never read a BFI book before, start here.

    10. Michelle

      Lots of interesting ideas and theories without being too academic Definitely improved my thoughts on the movie, although not my understanding as I suspect there are no 'answers'

    11. D'kotah

      Some interesting analysis that deals with the film itself and mostly eschews the Room 237 style conspiracy theory stuff.

    12. Elwycke

      Thoroughly recommended! For those 'Shining' fanatics who enthusiastically viewed the film documentary 'Room 237'.

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