The Shining Reflection

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No Escape

The Shining is based off a novel written by Stephen King in 1977 and later produced as a horror film by Stanley Kubrick in 1980. The summary of the film is of a family that heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. Kubrick takes the study called phenomenology, which is the development of human consciousness and self-awareness as a preface to or a part of philosophy to the big-screen. The Shining camera motion mimics this film environment by putting messages in the film that our consciousness may be receptive of but we may not fully be aware of it. Kubrick’s camera movement enhances
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The resort is mapped out to be physically impossible of escape. They have Danny ride his Big Wheel around the resort and each corner he turns does not add up to the model of the resort. Many ways in, but no way out. Danny famously rides his Big Wheel through the empty hallways. The first time we see Danny riding through the hotel, he makes a complete loop around the ground floor.(Kubrick, The Shining, 00:34:41 - 00:35:19) He starts in the kitchen with the camera tracking behind him the whole time; giving viewers every aspect from wall to wall and ceiling to floor. Danny then is followed by a left turn into the hallway where he rides pass an odd landing, and into the wide room with the grand staircase. The camera stays consistent of the frame never zooming in closer or tracking quicker. He continues his lap under the archway, past the fireplace, and back into the kitchen. The director makes it one long shot to make you feel like you’re with Danny the whole as if you did not miss one detail. He also does only one loop around the first floor so spectators don’t notice or catch on to the impossible layout he just created in one minute. Kubrick has given us a brilliant establishing shot of the interior of the Overlook through tracking. Danny’s father Jack walks down a similar passage in the beginning of the film but the difference with Danny’s first ride there is no visible lighting and the landing …show more content…
(Kubrick, The Shining, 00:41:14 - 00:41:59). The scene beginnings tracking Danny once again starting in a hallway full of room doors with a full screen shot from wall to wall. He then takes a sharp left into the lobby area where the camera faces the stairway. The camera keeps constant speed with tracking Danny when he takes two quick rights, which leads to another hallway with many room doors. With in two seconds of turning right you can see Danny passing the lobby with the staircase that we were just shown. The scene ends moments later with Danny stopping at room 237 without him complete a full loop around the floor he is on. Again Kubrick most likely believes if he would make a full loop with tracking Danny around the floor viewers would notice quickly how inadequate this design

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