The Shining is one of the greatest horror films of all time, not only because of the plot but because of the extraordinary filming, acting, and directing. The film is made with a formalistic approach to color and angles. Stanley Kubrick is methodical is arranging each shot and each scene so that there is so object without meaning. His use of color intensifies the horror of the film, as he contrasts deep blood reds and eery greens with the stark white snowy landscapes. He varies brief startling shots with long, lingering eery frames to keep the audience on their feet. The acting in the film is equally impressive. As the film progresses, we watch the Torrance family fall from minor oddity to full fledged paranoia or madness.Jack Nicholas’s portrayal of Jack Torrance’s descent into homicidal insanity is enthralling and, somehow, believable. Shelley Duvall’s performance as his loyal wife, who’s anxiety heighten as the film goes on, is equally enthralling. Even the son, Danny’s, performance is commendable.
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