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Wednesday, October 13
7:00 p.m.
SIFF Film Center
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What makes The Shining one of the greatest horror films of all time? Explore the influences on Kubrick’s horror masterpiece with instructor John Trafton.

This class will be presented in person at the SIFF Film Center and livestreamed via Zoom. Register below for either in-person attendance or for virtual access.


After forty years, what makes The Shining one of the greatest horror films of all time? The film interacts with us on a deeply psychological level. The Shining cinematically maps out our mind in a way that feels both familiar and strange. We project our worst fears on the story and characters, even when we know what’s lurking around every corridor of The Overlook. But why does this happen? Kubrick’s film is based on Stephen King’s novel and we know that King famously hated Kubrick’s film. But do you know about Diane Johnson's contribution—the UC Berkeley literature professor that co-wrote the screenplay with Kubrick? Have you ever seen the silent horror films that inspired Kubrick: The Phantom Carriage, Nosferatu, or Vampyr? You may have experienced a virtual reality film, but have you have considered The Shining as a forerunner to VR experiences? Have you appraised The Shining's influence on recent horror films like The Witch, Get Out, and Hereditary? Join us as we explore these questions and a whole lot more in our cinema DNA of Kubrick’s horror masterpiece.

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