Polaroid diary from Stanley Kubrick film ‘The Shining’

The March 7th 2019, marks 20 years since the death of the great American film director, screenwriter, and producer Stanley Kubrick.

On of the most influential filmmakers in cinematic history with his dark, realist and often sophisticated adaptations led Kubrick to major Hollywood success through his film company Hawk Films. Iconic pictures such as Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey and, of course, The Shining.

The Shining, the 1980 film produced and directed by Kubrick and co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, is arguably accepted as one of the greatest horror films of all time.

The film, based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel The Shining and starring the likes of Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers and Danny Lloyd, tells the tale of Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who takes the job as an off-season caretaker of the secluded ‘Overlook Hotel’ in Colorado.

Battling the extreme winter conditions with his wife Wendy Torrance and young son Danny, the boy then possesses “the shining” which is the terrifying abilities that allow him to see the hotel’s horrific past. It is these supernatural forces, combined with the winter storm leaving the family trapped in the hotel, that leads Jack’s sanity to deteriorate.

Below is a string of Polaroid images taken by Kubrick himself, his longterm assistant Emilio D’Alessandro and continuity supervisor June Randall. Randall is well known among fans of Kubrick, developing the nickname of his “continuity girl” having worked on The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon.

 

Source: Faroutmagazine.co.uk

Uno scatto che ha cambiato la storia

© Elliott Erwitt
© Elliott Erwitt

“White” e “coloured”, bianchi e neri, due aggettivi apparentemente innocui ma che hanno il potere di rievocare con prepotenza la segregazione razziale che dilaniò gli Stati Uniti negli anni Cinquanta e Sessanta. Tanti gli episodi che hanno segnato quel periodo storico. Uno, nella sua cruda ed efficace semplicità, è stato immortalato nella fotografia scattata nel 1950 nella Carolina del Nord da Elliott Erwitt. Nello scatto due lavandini, uno destinato ai “bianchi”, l’altro alle persone “di colore”, assurgono a simbolo di una umanità che, ancora oggi, fatica a superare le divisioni.