Heeeere’s THE SHINING – tonight at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater

RRT shiningStanley Kubrick’s 1980 thriller The Shining will be chilling the big screen tonight at the Ron Robinson Theatre at 7pm.

Based on the Stephen King novel, The Shining was directed by Kubrick from a screenplay he wrote with Diane Johnson.

Jack Nicholson is appropriately cerebral and scary as he alternates between wrestling with writer’s block and wielding an ax.  Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Anne Jackson and Joe Turkel are also in the cast.  Set largely in a desolate hotel, the movie was a chore for the actors due to the incredibly long hours of shooting each day.  As a director, Kubrick was overly exacting.  But the result of the hard work comes through on the screen.

Though he was excruciatingly demanding on Duvall, Kubrick took cares to make it a pleasant filming experience for six-year-old Lloyd.  It was not until a decade later that Lloyd realized it had been a horror film, because Kubrick and others kept him out of the way during the more violent scenes.

See it all on the big screen tonight.

DR. STRANGELOVE tonight at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater at 7pm

RRT Dr StrangeStop worrying and learn to love the bomb with Stanley Kubrick’s black (& white) comedy Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. It will be shown this evening at 7pm at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

This 1964 film both satirizes and foreshadows Cold War mentality and decisions.  It stars George C. Scott and Peter Sellers (who essays three roles including the title Edward Teller-inspired character).  Others in the cast include Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynne, Peter Bull, James Earl Jones and Slim Pickens – who has the ride of his life.

The film was produced and directed by Kubrick from a script he wrote with Terry Southern and Peter George.  Kubrick was nominated for three Oscars (producer, director and adapted screenplay).  The film’s fourth Oscar nomination went to Sellers as Best Actor.

In 1989, the United States Library of Congress included it in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Admission is $5, with refreshments available for purchase.