Ever find Kubrick’s “The Shining” confusing? This won’t help.

There’s not a Stanley Kubrick film I’ve seen that I dislike.  Admittedly, I’ve yet to see a few of his earlier films, namely Fear & Desire (1953), Killer’s Kiss (1955) and Paths of Glory (1957).   Despite that gap, I still consider two of his films penultimate cinematic endeavors; 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Barry Lyndon (1975).  It’s hard to argue that these two films don’t represent Kubrick at his apex (though Dr. Strangelove (1964) could be included as well).  They are excessively visual, light on dialogue and technically proficient in a way that became standard-setting.

Then you have Kubrick’s The Shining (1980), a different animal entirely.  Not being the biggest Stephen King fan (blasphemy!) or fiction reader, I’ve never read his version,  but it’s my understanding that there are many differences between the two.  Some of these differences are allegedly so crucial that the entire story became permanently altered in the film version.

Personally, I’ve always loved The Shining, but I’ve also always thought it was one of the most peculiar films ever made.  I’ve also though it was one of the most confusing films ever made.  Well campers, there may finally be a legitimate explanation for this (no matter how kooky it may sound at first), and it has more to do with Capricorn One than Native American burial grounds…

Courtesy of my pal Frost Hanlon, I present: The Shining- The Jay Weidner Version. Enjoy.

The Smoking Cupcake, January 2010

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