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Any film buff will jump at the chance to attend a special screening of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, introduced by talented artist and researcher Cecilia Stenbom at the Guide To The Art Of Cinema event at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle on Tuesday 19th January.

If you’re enthralled by the stylistically gifted work of Kubrick (one of the most influential contributors to twentieth century cinema), then you’ll no doubt appreciate the cinematic masterpiece that is The Shining. With its intriguing and captivatingly obscure camera angles, coupled with stylistically terrifying modernist music, not forgetting the intensely epic and harrowing performance by Jack Nicholson in the narrative, The Shining is undoubtedly one of the greatest horror films ever made.

Stenbom introduces the film as an essential title which pushes the boundaries of cinema. Based on the novel by esteemed contemporary horror writer Stephen King, the film introduces Nicholson as Jack Torrance, a writer who moves his family into the eerie Overlook Hotel as a caretaker for the winter months. Overcome by isolation and the darkness of the hotel’s past, Jack becomes a homicidal maniac and is compelled by an urge to terrorise his family, as “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. This, tied with a lucid performance by Danny Lloyd (playing Jack’s young boy who has psychic ‘shining’ abilities, and is overcome by visions of the hotel’s secrets), ensures that the film became the quintessence of psychological horror cinema.

With the amplification of Kubrick’s already intense soundtrack, and the magnification of the brilliantly animated expressions of Jack Nicholson, the film screening and preceding introduction is a real must-see.

A Guide to the Art of Cinema: The Shining takes place at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle on Tuesday 19th January.

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