Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING Uncut at Rochester's Dryden Theater
 By Jonathan Stryker

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Source: The Dryden Theater

Sep 20, 2011, 6:35 AM

Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING Uncut at Rochester's Dryden Theater

Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING was met with lukewarm reviews when it opened theatrically in May 1980.  Those who read the novel felt that the director steered too far away from author Stephen King's vision of a writer grappling with writer's block (based on King's own experience of staying in room 217 at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado beginning on October 30, 1974 of all nights) while others felt that star Jack Nicholson overacted shamelessly and was crazy from the get-go, the apotheosis of the slow descent into madness that the protagonist undergoes in the novel. 

The film found new audiences through its availability on home video, cable television, and through it's broadcast on ABC-TV on May 6, 1983 and June 2, 1985.  Controversy surrounding the version seen in these ancillary markets pointed to the director's decision to excise scenes from the film several days and even weeks into its original 1980 theatrical exhibition.  Projectionists were ordered to remove the footage deemed extraneous by the director and send it back to the movie studio (expertly explained here). 

Apparently, not all of the prints were cut, as a rare and complete print will be screened at the Dryden Theater in Rochester, NY on Saturday, October 22, 2011.  While the reinstated footage reportedly amounts to a few minutes of screen time, it apparently includes scenes that occur just before the camera's dolly-in to the image of Jack Torrance at the Overlook Hotel July 4, 1921 gala: a scene where some state troopers look for Jack in the hedge maze, and the infamous hospital scene where Mr. Ullman visits Danny and Wendy and tries to convince them that no supernatural occurrences went on at the Overlook; he then gives Danny a tennis ball, which is presumed to be the same one that led him into room 237, sort of indicating that Mr. Ullman is part of the hotel's shady past.

Below are several behind-the-scenes images of the scene in question, depicting a nurse played by actress Robin Pappas, little Danny Lloyd as Danny, Barry Nelson as Mr. Ullman, and Shelley Duvall as Wendy Torrance:

More information can be found at the Dryden Theater website


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