References:

The movie Nikki and Kate couldn’t think of regarding a film shot in real time- Silent House. 

The short story Kate couldn’t remember- The Veldt by Ray Bradbury 

 

Summary: Rotten Tomatoes

Jack Torrance becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny, who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.

 

Nerd Corner:

Power dynamics in filming (production company, director, actors)

Known by production company -> known by name (star system)

“Biograph girl” -> Florence Lawrence

The control over actor’s identities and lives (Florence’s “death,” Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford, etc.)

Abuse of actors upheld by power dynamics and lack of protections

 

Auteur theory, auteurs, auteur apologism

Auteur: “a director who exerts a high level of control across all aspects of a film. Auteur directors generally have a distinctive style from film-to-film and often fill other roles besides directing including: writing, editing, and sometimes acting in their own films” (Masterclass)

Auteur theory, according to Britannica: “The auteur theory, which was derived largely from Astruc’s elucidation of the concept of caméra-stylo (“camera-pen”), holds that the director, who oversees all audio and visual elements of the motion picture, is more to be considered the “author” of the movie than is the writer of the screenplay. In other words, such fundamental visual elements as camera placement, blocking, lighting, and scene length, rather than plot line, convey the message of the film. Supporters of the auteur theory further contend that the most cinematically successful films will bear the unmistakable personal stamp of the director.”

 

Auteur apologism: “Film history has been written and understood from the perspective of powerful men, which has often led to the exoneration of their behavior and abuses (often to the refrain of ‘it was different back then’), or to excusing it by framing these powerful men as geniuses, artists, and auteurs — what Stefania Marghitu calls ‘auteur apologism’:

“Separating the art from artist is a standard practice embedded in the cultural fields—from painting to literature to film and television—and it is often required when overlooking the amoral or criminal acts of the “genius-artist.” Those that claim historical preconditions make these icons merely products of their time often excuse these behaviors, from Paul Gaugin’s rape of the subjects he portrayed (Adrian Searle 2010) to Alfred Hitchcock’s abuse of actress Tippi Hedren (Brent Lang 2016).” (2018: 491-492)” (New Review of Film and Television Studies)

 

Auteurs- Alfred Hitchcock, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino

 

Case study- Tippi Hedren and Hitchcock

 

Shelley Duvall and Stanley Kubrick

 

Kate Notes:

We love a classic tracking shot Sinister music is the car goes through the mountains

 

To add the music for this is really good oh shit the intro to get out like the twang twang reminds me of it

 

Babe get the lens flare in here quick

 

Also similar opening for the evil dead

 

How small humans are and how inevitable nature is

 

I am the same as Wendy. Wendy has me confirmed ghost story and horror film addict

 

Jack likes the hotel, that’s a red flag

 

The way they take up space feels different than Jack. He’s claiming a whole room while they’re like, yeah we’ll just set up camp in this corner

 

Son Jumps -> sudden jumps




Tropes:

Bloody Horror

Burning the Ships 

Sink the Lifeboats

Cornered Rattlesnake

Distinction Without a Difference

Alien Geometries

 

Scale:

Jack Flags

 

Works Cited:

Colangelo, BJ. (2022, January 6). How The Shining Changed Shelley Duvall Forever. Slash Film. https://www.slashfilm.com/726299/how-the-shining-changed-shelley-duvall-forever/#:~:text=Kubrick%20Completely%20Mistreated%20Duvall%20on,bat%20confrontation%20on%20the%20stairs

 

Sur, Debadrita. (2021, February 24). Shelley Duvall’s traumatic experience while shooting Stanley Kubrick film ‘The Shining’. Far Out Magazine. https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/shelley-duvall-experience-stanley-kubrick-film-the-shining/ 

 

Warner, Kara. (2016, November 1). Tippi Hedren Says Alfred Hitchcock Was Abusive During Filming of The Birds. People. https://people.com/movies/tippi-hedren-hitchcock-abuse-the-birds/ 

 

Lang, Brent. (2017, December 13). Tippi Hedren Recounts What Happened When She Turned Down Alfred Hitchcock’s Advances. Variety. https://variety.com/2017/film/news/tippi-hedren-alfred-hitchcock-the-birds-sexual-harassment-1202637959/ 

 

Buck, Stephanie. (2016, December 22). Old Hollywood forced its first stars to work long hours and take amphetamines in exchange for fame. Timeline. https://timeline.com/hollywood-drugs-1930s-6b27a1404552 

 

Sole, Cat. (2021, April 20). It’s Not Art, It’s Abuse: When Abusive Directors Hide Behind Their Brilliant Art And Torment Actresses. Hollywood Insider. https://www.hollywoodinsider.com/abusive-directors-art-hiding/ 

 

Fenwick, James. (n.d.). Stanley Kubrick and #MeToo. New Review of Film & Television Studies. https://nrftsjournal.org/stanley-kubrick-and-metoo/ 

 

Film Credits: Everything You Need To Know. Nashville Film Institute. https://www.nfi.edu/film-credits/ 

 

Hutchinson, Pamela. (2017, October 19). Moguls and starlets: 100 years of Hollywood’s corrosive, systemic sexism. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/19/moguls-and-starlets-100-years-of-hollywoods-corrosive-systemic-sexism 

 

Sharf, Zack. (2022, February 22). Razzie Awards Founder Regrets Shelley Duvall’s ‘Shining’ Nomination: ‘I’d Take That Back’. Variety. https://variety.com/2022/film/news/razzie-awards-regret-shelley-duvall-shining-nom-1235187354/ 

 

Hutchinson, Pamela. (2019, November 22). Fame at last – was this the world’s first film star? The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/nov/22/fame-at-last-was-this-the-worlds-first-film-star 

 

https://filmlifestyle.com/auteur-theory/ 


https://www.masterclass.com/articles/film-101-what-is-an-auteur#what-is-the-difference-between-auteur-directors-and-other-film-directors