Co-presented by The New York Times Film Club.
After closing out the 1970s with the sumptuous Barry Lyndon, Kubrick returned to screens in 1980 with a decidedly darker and sparser vision of one man’s transformation. Freely adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name, The Shining traces the breakdown of Jack Torrance (Nicholson), an aspiring writer hired as the live-in caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, a behemoth of a mountain resort isolated among the Rockies, while it’s closed for the winter. As much a depiction of the disintegration of Torrance’s nuclear family—wife Wendy (Duvall) and the couple’s troubled, clairvoyant son Danny—as it is a haunting portrait of Torrance’s slide into psychosis under the sway of his primal urges and the ghosts that haunt the hotel, The Shining stars Nicholson at his most wild-eyed and unhinged. With its surplus of unforgettable images—the Arbus-like twins, the wave of blood slowly gushing through elevator doors, the serpentine tracks following Danny as he tricycles through the Overlook’s endless corridors, Jack’s axe-wielding pursuit of Wendy, the roaring twenties ambience of the Gold Room, the nightmare visions of Room 237, and the fateful climax in the snow-covered labyrinth—The Shining remains a staggering achievement of film horror and one of cinema’s most mysterious and oft studied texts.
Bing Theater | Special guests: Room 237 director Rodney Ascher and producer Tim Kirk, in conversation with Brooks Barnes from The New York Times. For more info on Room 237 click here.
$10 for the general public; $7 for LACMA members, seniors (62+), and students with valid ID; $5 LACMA Film Club members and Academy members with valid ID.
STANDBY ONLY: Tickets for this event are no longer available for purchase in advance. A standby line will form at 6:30 pm at the Hammer Building Ticket Office on the night of this event. Guests in the standby line will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, though unfortunately there is no guarantee of tickets being made available to guests in this line.
Free for New York Times Film Club members. New York Times Film Club members must RSVP to www.nytfilmclub.com.
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