Polaroid diary from Stanley Kubrick film ‘The Shining’
Today, March 7th 2019, marks 20 years since the death of the great American film director, screenwriter, and producer Stanley Kubrick.
One of the most influential filmmakers in cinematic history with his dark, realist and often sophisticated adaptations, led Kubrick to major Hollywood success through his film company Hawk Films. Iconic pictures such as Dr. Strangelove,A Clockwork Orange,2001: A Space Odyssey and, of course, The Shining ensured his place in the cinematic history books.
The Shining, a 1980 film produced and directed by Kubrick and co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, is arguably accepted as one of the greatest horror films of all time. The film, based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same nameand starring the likes of Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers and Danny Lloyd, tells the tale of Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who takes the job as an off-season caretaker of the secluded ‘Overlook Hotel’ in Colorado.
Battling the extreme winter conditions with his wife Wendy Torrance and young son Danny, the boy then possesses “the shining” which is the terrifying abilities that allow him to see the hotel’s horrific past. It is these supernatural forces, combined with the winter storm leaving the family trapped in the hotel, that leads Jack’s sanity to deteriorate.
Today, in memory of the great filmmaker, Far Out takes a look behind the Polaroid camera used on set by Kubrick and his production staff on the set of The Shining. Kubrick, often worked with a small crew which allowed him to do many takes, was well known for pushing his team to the limits of exhaustion in the bid for perfection.
Below is a series of Polaroid images taken by Kubrick himself, his longterm assistant Emilio D’Alessandro and continuity supervisor June Randall. Randall is well known among fans of Kubrick, developing the nickname of his “continuity girl” having worked on The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon.