ByFernanda Loya, writer at
Fernanda Loya

Kubrick was a perfectionist. The film took five years to make, although it is unknown how long filming took (it is approximated it took a year). Kubrick sent researchers to The Stanley Hotel in Colorado study in detail the hotel which inspired King to write The Shining,. There is even a rumor in in existence which says that Kubrick typed all of the 500 pages from “All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy!” However, Kubrick never addressed this before his death.

2. Shelley Duvall did not have the friendliest relationship with Kubrick, and he pushed her hard while filming. In fact, the movie has a world record for the most takes on a scene from when Duvall swings a baseball bat at Nicholson as they walked in the staircase. The scene took 127 takes, which is the record. Even though she had been forced into method acting, she was nominated for a raspberry award as the worst actress. Fortunately for her, Kubrick was nominated as worst director.

3. While Duvall was pushed to her limits (her hair began to fall out of stress) Dan Lloyd did not know he was filming a scary movie, and it is deemed as Kubrick's nicest act, for he was only a child at the time. He would only see cut editions, until watching the full-length film for the first time at 16 years of age.

4. A documentary called Room 237 was filmed regarding Kubrickians’ obsessions with the movie. Kubrickians obsess with the continuity errors in the film have led to many theories, yet the accidents are said to be accidental by those who worked in the film be accidental by the crew, and by the director himself, however many speculate they have hidden meanings.

Room 237: In King’s novel, the number of the room of strange occurrences is 217, but they renamed it 237 in the film. The story goes that the Timberline Lodge in Oregon, where they filmed, has a room 217, which would scare customers, but some speculate it has to do with 2*3*7= 42, the year in that Hitler moved forward with the final solution (this adding to the many theories about the Holocaust themes.)

The interiors of the hotel in the movie don’t make sense. They were mapped out from scenes in a movie, however there were many senseless rooms. Such as the office which had a nonsensical window, and the maze that changes in the final scenes. Kubrickians interpret this as symbolism for the strange things going on, and of the movie not making sense

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" had different translations when the movie was shown in different languages, instead of being the same phrase.

Stephen King didn’t like the film! It might have had something to do with the 3 am phone calls he would get from Kubrick being questioned about the existence of hell, but he stated: “I’d admired Kubrick for a long time and had great expectations for the project, but I was deeply disappointed in the end result. Parts of the film are chilling, charged with a relentlessly claustrophobic terror, but others fell flat.” He didn’t like Jack Nicholson being cast either, even if Nicholson did improvise “Here’s Johnny!”


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