(Stanley Kubrick, UK 1980, 142 min.)
An unstable writer (Jack Nicholson) takes a winter caretaking job at a snowed-in mountain lodge, quickly succumbs to “cabin fever” — or is it something far worse? — and terrorizes his hapless wife (Shelley Duvall) and creepy, psychic son (Danny Lloyd). Kubrick’s horror masterpiece is brilliant study of domestic abuse and possession — demonic, creative, and familial.
The print of the film we will be showing does not include the two-minute final scene that Mr. Kubrick cut following the film’s initial screenings. The version of “The Shining” screening at Eastman House will be the 142-minute extended U.S. version that includes footage Mr. Kubrick subsequently cut from the European release.