The Shining

The Shining

by Roger Luckhurst


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Stanley Kubrick hailed The Shining as 'the scariest horror film of all time' before its release in 1980. Though the film opened to poor reviews, it has since become one of the most admired horror films in cinema history. Exerting an enormous influence on popular culture, The Shining has spawned a vast array of interpretations and conspiracy theories.

Roger Luckhurst's illuminating study of this seminal film explores its themes, tropes and resonances through a detailed analysis of sequences and performances. Situating The Shining in a series of fresh contexts, this book looks at the complex nature of horror cinema at the end of the 1970s and early 80s. Taking the maze of the haunted hotel as a key motif, Luckhurst offers numerous threads with which to navigate the strange twists and turbans of this enigmatic film.

This limited edition features original cover artwork by Mark Swan, click here to read a Q&A with him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844576395
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Publication date: 11/08/2013
Series: BFI Film Classics Series
Edition description: 2013
Pages: 104
Sales rank: 957,487
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Roger Luckhurst is Professor of Modern Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. His many books include The Trauma Question (2008) and The Mummy's Curse (2012).

Table of Contents

The Shining.- Notes.- Credits.- Bibliography.

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