Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 857-6000
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Description: THE SHINING screens after HOUR OF THE WOLF, as part of the "Kubrick and Company" series, which takes during the final weeks of the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition at LACMA.
1980/color/145 min./DCP | Scr: Stanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson; dir: Stanley Kubrick w / Jack Nicholson, Danny Lloyd, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Carothers, Barry Nelson
After closing out the 1970s with the sumptuous Barry Lyndon, Kubrick returned to screens in 1980 with a decidedly darker and sparser vision of one man’s transformation. Freely adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name, The Shining traces the breakdown of Jack Torrance (Nicholson), an aspiring writer hired as the live-in caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, a behemoth of a mountain resort isolated among the Rockies, while it’s closed for the winter. As much a depiction of the disintegration of Torrance’s nuclear family—wife Wendy (Duvall) and the couple’s troubled, clairvoyant son, Danny—as it is a haunting portrait of Torrance’s slide into psychosis under the sway of his primal urges and the ghosts that haunt the hotel, The Shining stars Nicholson at his most wild-eyed and unhinged. With its surplus of unforgettable images—the Arbus-like twins, the wave of blood slowly gushing through elevator doors, the serpentine tracks following Danny as he tricycles through the Overlook’s endless corridors, Jack’s axe-wielding pursuit of Wendy, the Roaring Twenties ambience of the Gold Room, the nightmare visions of Room 237, and the fateful climax in the snow-covered labyrinth—The Shining remains a staggering achievement of film horror.
Bing Theater | $9 general admission; $6 LACMA members/seniors/students; $4 LACMA Film Club and Academy members. | Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online.
Start Time: 21:10