The shining’, (kubrick, 1980


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The shining’, (kubrick, 1980

  1. 1. ‘The Shining’, (Kubrick, 1980, US) Thriller Genre Analysis
  2. 2. Misé-en-sceneThe opening sequence opens with the films distributioncompanies, then cuts to a quiet setting – calming audiences,allowing them to think that nothing will happen here.The aerial shots of the forest make the scene empty, and followthe convention of a thriller to be seen; thrillers use abandoned,peculiar setting to unnerve its viewers. The empty roads thatcan be seen makes it quite creepy; it appears to be a hostileand secluded environment.
  3. 3. Misé-en-scene continuedThe opening titles begin to roll over a moving image – theblue font goes along with typical ‘thriller’ titles; they seemcold and chilling.The building introduced at the end of the openingsequence appears to be in the middle of nowhere, andseems out-of-place against a mountain – this reinforcingthe isolation of the environment, as well as unsettling theaudiences further.
  4. 4. EditingAt the beginning of the clip, the shots dissolve into oneanother: from the establishing shot to an aerial shottracking inwards towards a car – suggesting that thecharacters inside the car are of significance.However, the lack of cuts in the opening sequenceallows the pace of the beginning of the film tomatch the quiet, tranquil setting; the atmosphere iscalm, however the music in the background ruinsthis.
  5. 5. Editing continued As the clip continues, there are cuts between different shots of the car in different locations, yet always in a long, empty road – creating a creepy and isolated atmosphere.
  6. 6. SoundThe non-diegetic instruments that play in thebeginning are loud, and also intrude on thecalmness of the setting; the music is a clearcontrast to the tranquillity of the scene.The contrast in sounds heard – whether it be thetempo/pitch, makes it quite uncomfortable foraudiences, as the music isn’t indicating what is tocome – viewers are unaware of what is to follow.When the titles of the film begin, the musicbecomes very disturbing and strange – this beingquite unsettling towards audiences.
  7. 7. CinematographyThe camera tracks in, then into a Dutch angle. This tiltedshots creates an element of confusion, and thereforefollows the conventions of a thriller genre. The extreme long shot of the setting acts as anestablishing shot; it gives audiences information on thelocation of the film.
  8. 8. Cinematography continuedAs the camera tracks in towards the direction of thecar, audiences are being drawn in as it intriguesaudiences.The film then cuts to the camera panning over abuilding, indicating that this will be the principalsetting for the film.
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