Thursday, 20 June 2013

A hidden Clockwork Orange reference in The Shining?

One of the theories posited in Rodney Ascher's documentary on supposed subliminal messages and hidden parables in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, Room 237, relates to the film being played in regular sequence, and reversed, and the two then overlapped. A striking result from this overlap experiment is the result of the character Danny's famous tricycle scene in which he encounters the twins murdered by caretaker Herbert Grady, and the scene in which his father Jack Torrence a dead woman in a bathtub in the Overlook Hotel's Room 327. An image in which the blood of Danny's "shining" vision appears to serve as macabre clown makeup on Jack's face:


What immediately struck me about this image is that the overlapped blood effect on Jack's left eye bears a remarkable similarity to that of Alex DeLarge in Kubrick's adaption of A Clockwork Orange, released nine years earlier.


It is well documented that Kubrick painstakingly warped the perception of his viewers for purposes of artistic metaphor and/or simple accentuation of atmosphere.

Perhaps the theory that this was a deliberate hidden paralleling by Kubrick of the murderous Jack Torrance and the murderous Alex DeLarge could be less outlandish than other Shining-related conspiracy theories? Or perhaps all of this is far too over-excited over-analysis?



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