literature, cinema, fine arts

The Shining (1980)

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  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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The critics loved to hate it. It failed to receive a single Golden Globe or Oscars nomination. Shelley Duvall, however, was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor, while Stanley Kubrick was nominated for Worst Director. Stephen King, author of the original story, was unhappy with the adaptation. Kubrick had arguably never experienced such a failure. Luckily, the film at least managed to turn a profit in the cinemas. Yet over the years, the reputation of the film improved and The Shining became a cult classic. A rather apt career arc for a psychological horror film. And a mystery.

We all love hearing about behind-the-scenes stories and the secrets and scandals of film shoots. Yet there are a lot of stories around the shooting of The Shining that give us an insight into the film itself. For example, the fact that the film was shot in 13 months - according to schedule. A surprise. Though we also get the impression the actors were able to suffer and start to lose their minds along with the characters they portrayed. Another intriguing element is that a new camera, which came to the market in 1975 and was still considered a novelty at the time, featured heavily in the shoot: the steadicam. The device was capable of creating the illusion of smooth motion. Kubrick used the camera to help draw the viewers into the surreal world of his horror film. And we are certainly scared. Terrified, in fact.
This year, Bridging Europe is looking to connect United Kingdom to Hungarian culture. One special element of all the films featured in this series is that they each have a link to Hungary. In The Shining, you can hear excerpts from the music of Hungarian composers Béla Bartók and György Ligeti in the film's score.

In English, with Hungarian subtitles.
The discussions before and after the screenings are conducted in Hungarian.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest

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  • director
    Stanley Kubrick
  • host
    András Réz



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