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Movies that Matter: The Shining

Posted in Arts & Culture
Nov 13, 2017

Jack Nicholson The Shining

Movies that Matter
Sparking conversation through film

The Shining

Monday, Nov. 13
7:00 pm
(Doors open at 6:30 pm)
The Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.)
A panel discussion will follow, featuring
Kevin Flynn
(Professor, Deparment of English)
Lindsey Banco (Professor, Department of English)
Federica Giannelli (PhD Student, English)

Meticulously shot and multi-layered, The Shining is a landmark horror film. Released in 1980, Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel has largely surpassed the novel in popularity and acclaim and has garnered extensive critical and popular commentary. Jack Nicholson's chilling, manic performance is a centerpiece of this exploration of terror, the irrational, the supernatural, and the transgression of boundaries between good and evil, safety and danger, the past and the present, and the sane and the insane. The film is a tour-de-force avalanche of violence, ghosts, madness, racial and gender anxiety, and the ways geography, architecture, and history haunt the present. The Shining is an aesthetic masterpiece, a pop culture touchstone, and an unsettling, indelible horror experience.

 

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