The Shining (1980)

You've always been here


Jack Nicholson / Shelley Duvall / Danny Lloyd / Scatman Crothers / Philip Stone / Barry Nelson / Joe Turkel / Lia Beldam / Billie Gibson / Lisa Burns / Art Direction Leslie Tomkins / Production Design Roy Walker / Original Soundtrack Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind / Editor Ray Lovejoy / Cinematography John Alcott / Producers John Fryer, Jan Harlan, Mary Lee Johnson & Stanley Kubrick / Director Stanley Kubrick


~Many thanks to Jess Stryker for additional photos~


‘Some places are like people.. some shine and some don’t.’

The Overlook

..when something happens, it can leave a trace of itself behind. Say like, if someone burns toast. Well, maybe things that happen leave other kinds of traces behind. Not things that anyone can notice, but things that people who “shine” can see. Just like they can see things that haven’t happened yet. Well, sometimes they can see things that happened a long time ago. I think a lot of things happened right here in this particular hotel over the years. And not all of ’em was good.’

Danny & Wendy

The Grady Twins

‘Come and play with us, Danny.. forever.. and ever.. and ever.’

Outlining a writing project

‘…The winters can be fantastically cruel. And the basic idea is to cope with the very costly damage and depreciation which can occur. And this consists mainly of running the boiler, heating different parts of the hotel on a daily, rotating basis, repair damage as it occurs, and doing repairs so that the elements can’t get a foothold.’

Overlook Maze

Physically, it’s not a very demanding job. The only thing that can get a bit trying up here during the winter is, uh, a tremendous sense of isolation.’

Jack or Kubrick

‘God, I’d give anything for a drink. I’d give my god-damned soul for just a glass of beer.’

What'll it be

‘Perhaps they need a good talking to, if you don’t mind my saying so. Perhaps a bit more. My girls, sir, they didn’t care for the Overlook at first. One of them actually stole a pack of matches, and tried to burn it down. But I “corrected” them sir. And when my wife tried to prevent me from doing my duty, I “corrected” her.’

Shelley Duvall

‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy..’

All work and no play makes jack a dull boy


‘The exterior of the hotel was filmed at the Timberline Lodge, near Mount Hood, in Oregon. It had a room 217 but no room 237, so the hotel management asked me to change the room number because they were afraid their guests might not want to stay in room 217 after seeing the film. There is, however, a genuinely frightening thing about this hotel which nestles high up on the slopes of Mount Hood. Mount Hood, as it happens, is a dormant volcano, but it has quite recently experienced pre-eruption seismic rumbles similar to the ones that a few months earlier preceded the gigantic eruption of Mount St. Helens, less than sixty miles away. If Mount Hood should ever erupt like Mount St. Helens, then the Timberline Hotel may indeed share the fiery fate of the novel’s Overlook Hotel.’

‘The first step was for Roy to go around America photographing hotels which might be suitable for the story. Then we spent weeks going through his photographs making selections for the different rooms. Using the details in the photographs, our draughtsmen did proper working drawings. From these, small models of all the sets were built. We wanted the hotel to look authentic rather than like a traditionally spooky movie hotel. The hotel’s labyrinthine layout and huge rooms, I believed, would alone provide an eerie enough atmosphere. This realistic approach was also followed in the lighting, and in every aspect of the decor it seemed to me that the perfect guide for this approach could be found in Kafka’s writing style. His stories are fantastic and allegorical, but his writing is simple and straightforward, almost journalistic. On the other hand, all the films that have been made of his work seem to have ignored this completely, making everything look as weird and dreamlike as possible. The final details for the different rooms of the hotel came from a number of different hotels. The red men’s room, for example, where Jack meets Grady, the ghost of the former caretaker, was inspired by a Frank Lloyd Wright men’s room in an hotel in Arizona. The models of the different sets were lit, photographed, tinkered with and revised. This process continued, altering and adding elements to each room, until we were all happy with what we had.’

Stanley Kubrick interview (Michel Ciment)

The Timberline Lodge Oregon (Mount Hood) 1


Exterior – The Timberline Lodge Oregon (Mount Hood)

The Timberline Lodge Oregon (Mount Hood) 2

The Timberline Lodge Oregon (Mount Hood) 3


The Ahwahnee Hotel main lobby


Interior – The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park, California (built – 1927)

The Ahwahnee Hotel main lobby 2


Jack arrives at the Overlook 1

Ahwahnee reconstructed at the Elstree Studios, England

Jack arrives at the Overlook 2


Ahwahnee Hotel - Maze

Ahwahnee – Rug pattern & Corridors

Ahwahnee Hotel corridor

The Ahwahnee Hotel Fragment of one of the hotel's original Persian rugs. These framed historic rug fragments are used as decorations


Danny - Carpet maze design

Overlook Set

Danny - Carpet maze design 2


The Ahwahnee Hotel - elevator lobby

ELEVATORS – The Ahwahnee .. to Elstree Set

Elstree Set - Lift





“Rocky Mountains”
Written and Performed by Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind

Written by György Ligeti
Performed by Sinfonie-Orchestra des Sudwestfunk
Conducted by Ernest Bour

“Music For Strings, Percussion and Celesta (movement III)”
Written by Béla Bartók
Performed by Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Conducted by Herbert von Karajan

“The Awakening of Jakob”
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki

“Utrenja – Ewangelia”
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic, Warsaw
Conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki

“Utrenja – Kanon Paschy”
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic, Warsaw
Conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki

“De Natura Sonoris No.1”
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki

“De Natura Sonoris No.2”
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki

Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki

Performed by Jack Hilton and his Orchestra

“Midnight, the Stars and You”
Written by Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Harry M. Woods
Performed by Ray Noble Orchestra with Al Bowlly

“It’s All Forgotten Now”
Performed by Ray Noble Orchestra with Al Bowlly

“Home (When Shadows Fall)”
Performed by Henry Hall & the Gleneagles Hotel Band

“Kanon for 52 string orchestra and tape”
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki

View from the solarium in  The Ahwahnee Hotel

“Midnight, with the stars and you;
Midnight, and a rendezvous.
Your eyes held a message tender,
Saying, “I surrender all my love to you.”

Midnight brought us sweet romance,
I know all my whole life through
I’ll be remembering you,
Whatever else I do,
Midnight with the stars and you.”



Poster Art French Poster Overlook Hotel July 4th 1921

The Shining - Maze - Steady-cam The Shining - Kubrick 2 The Shining - Still 1

The Shining - On-Set The Shining - Still 2 The Shining - Still 3

The Shining - Still 4 The Shining - Still 5 The Shining - Kubrick


Jack Nicholson - Portrait c.1980 1 Jack Nicholson - Portrait c.1980 2

Shelley Duvall - portrait c.1977 1 Shelley Duvall - portrait c.1977 2


Making ‘The Shining’ (1980)



Jack Nicholson, Stanley Kubrick, Shelly Duvall, Danny lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Gert Kubrick, James Mason, Garrett Brown, Leon Vitali / Dir. Vivian Kubrick

 In our modern DVD age of fatuously unspecial ‘Special Features’ and back slapping ‘Featurettes’, it’s a joy to see the real thing in this twenty-seven year old gem, a wander around the edges of quality filmmaking. It’s all here: the laborious nature of the filmset, frayed tempers, hissy fits, in-jokes, crying luvvy-actors, and genuine insights into the creative process. Let Vivian Kubrick (Stanley’s daughter) show you that sly old hound Mr.Nicholson talking dirty between takes..listen in on spats between geeky Mr Kubrick and high diva Shelly Duvall..greet James Mason who’s just popped in for tea..gasp at the uncomfortable tears of Scatman Crothers (odder than anything you’ll see in The Overlook Hotel). This is the real shit as they say. “Aww..c’mon Shelly! We’re fuckin’ killin’ ourselves out here!” No padding, and definately no gag-reel! If I hear one more stage hand on a Bonus Disc tell me how great a father and insightful a mentor Steven Spielberg is I’ll..well, I just may boycott a major award ceremony.





 You’ll find it included on most of ‘The Shining’ editions, even the basic one disc jobs, but here’s a Youtube link to the whole Docu uploaded by some nice chap out there..