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See a Screening of a Rare, Uncut Version of 'The Shining' in New York

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September 19, 2011
Source: Bleeding Cool

The Shining

Back when The Shining first premiered, the standard for theatrical distribution only allowed for the film to be in a limited amount of theaters rather than the nationwide releases that are common today. This allowed director Stanley Kubrick to play around with his cut of the classic horror film shortly after it began screening in various theaters. While Kubrick had previously cut a whopping 19 minutes from 2001: A Space Odyssey before it premiered, with The Shining, he only opted to cut about four minutes from the film. Now a rare version of the film with that footage can be seen in New York next month. Details below!

Bleeding Cool has word on the screening which will take place at 8pm on October 22nd at the Dryden Theatre. Here's a description of the coda from the end of the film that will be included in this special screening:

The scenes in question come directly before the film’s climactic push-in towards the photo.

Firstly, there’s a little moment where some state troopers look for Jack, frozen in the ice, but don’t seem to be seeing him – for whatever reason.

Then a  longer scene. It’s set in a hospital, where Ullman, the Overlook’s manager, tries to convince Wendy and Danny that nothing supernatural had happened in his hotel. He explains that Jack’s body was not recovered, and he gives Danny a tennis ball – presumably the same one that he followed into room 237.

Of course, if Kubrick opted to cut the sequence from the film, he likely had a good reason. SlashFilm even points out a note from Wikipedia which has Roger Ebert saying, “Kubrick was wise to remove that epilogue. It pulled one rug too many out from under the story.” However, an opportunity to see the rarely screened scenes in the context of the film itself would be quite a treat, especially on the big screen. If any readers happen to be in New York around the time of this screening, be sure to check it out since an opportunity like this may not happen again very soon.

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  • UncleMom
    What a treat.
  • I hope you all enjoy. I went to see The Shining on opening night in 1980 and I saw it again a few days later (I remember it being Friday and then 48 hours later on Sunday). I remember that something had changed. I believe that the movie originally opened with these scenes, because I always remember seeing them and then knew something was missing after. There was never any record online that scenes had been deleted until several years ago, and then I knew that I wasn't dreaming. I read somewhere Kubrick had removed the scenes after opening weekend because they were unnecessary and lessened the impact of the film. I agree. As excited as everyone is about this, it's not a huge addition. The scene is with Ullmann (I believe) visiting Wendy and Danny at the hospital and he was just apologizing for how sorry he was that what happened happened. When he gave Danny the ball, I was certain there was going to be a shock ending with Jack coming out from the behind hospital curtain, but he didn't. In any event, it will be fun for everyone to see the scenes for, though.
  • David Banner
    Hm...who had this bright idea of adding these scenes and have a screening? Sacrilegious, is it not? Slightly offtopic, check out "The Shone Report" on youtube, only part 1 so far, but it has some insight to subliminal parts of The Shining. Speaking of the subliminal, there's the other videoes another youtube'er has made of the impossible windows and general spatial design of the set on The Shining. Funny thing about this is that it was some gamers that wanted to make a custom level in the shooter Duke Nuke'em set in the Overlook Hotel; but found out that the slayout of the hotel seen in the film didnt match up, that windows looking out infact had to be inside walls, that large rooms were only a few feet deep, ect. The maker of the "spatial" videoes might want your money if you wish to see any conclusion to his analysis', not all parts are free, sad really that he does not wish to share all his "findings" with us; but he has brought fourth info hidden in plain sight in many of Kubricks films. Worth checking out regardless.
  • David Banner
    "slayout" ? a curious type-o there :)
  • guest
    Just a note...this is screening in Rochester, NY at the Dryden Theatre (George Eastman House).
    • Voice of Reason
      Yeah, man, I was revved, living in the city, but thats far out....

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