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The Overlook is huge Its overwhelming From the opening shots of The Shining The Overlook Hotel looks like its going to eat its inhabitants Toward the end of the film it looks like it does just that Throughout this essay I will demonstrate how Kubrick uses filmic techniques to illustrate the films main theme of claustrophobia and its relation to the hotels progressively terrifying possession of Jack Torrances mind The plot of The Shining based on the Stephen King book involves a seemingly typical family of three Jack and Wendy Torrance and their son Danny Jack has been selected to - well overlook - The Overlook which he thinks will give him the time and space he needs to work on his novel From the time the family moves into the otherwise deserted hotel however there are strange goings on The boy Danny who has visions sees twin girls who died years before in the hotel Jack also sees people who arent really there like an old woman who drowned in one of the hotel tubs Suddenly time and space are closing in on the Torrances particularly as Jack starts to lose his mind and gets it into his head that maybe theyd all be better off dead Director Stanley Kubricks camera work makes The Overlook look overwhelming to his characters from the opening shots There is so much headspace as the characters walk through the spacious halls of The Overlook it looks as though Kubrick could have shot another movie in the top half of the screen As the film goes on this headspace is subtly taken away until instead of being overwhelming the once capacious Overlook is closing in on its inhabitants Kubrick takes away space piecemeal as the movie goes on In one shot in particular when Jack freshly off the wagon goes to whet his whistle in the hotel bar the camera tracks Jack as he walks toward the
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