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(Movie News)   The real story behind that famous photo at the end of Kubrick's "'The Shining". All airbrush and no play makes Jack a dull boy   (movies.com) divider line 83
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2012-10-20 09:46:31 AM  
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airbrushing photos in the late '70s wasn't a digital process. It involved using an actual airbrush to physically paint over the original.
 
2012-10-20 10:18:08 AM  
Well, not all of us brush, thamike.
 
2012-10-20 10:22:06 AM  
GAH! CONTENT BLOCKED BY WORK!


/I really need my own laptop
//no, I'm not working.
 
2012-10-20 10:26:28 AM  
My brother has an 8x10 of it framed in his creepy living room. Why yes, he IS single ladies:)
 
2012-10-20 10:27:57 AM  
And if you stop the cross-fade from the wide shot to the close up of Nicholson at just the right place it looks like he has a Hitler mustache, which means that "The Shining" is actually about the Holocaust.

/There is someone who actually believes this
 
2012-10-20 10:40:19 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: And if you stop the cross-fade from the wide shot to the close up of Nicholson at just the right place it looks like he has a Hitler mustache, which means that "The Shining" is actually about the Holocaust.

/There is someone who actually believes this


I am willing to be that person.
 
2012-10-20 10:53:41 AM  

Ooba Tooba: My brother has an 8x10 of it framed in his creepy living room. Why yes, he IS single ladies:)


That. Is. Awesome.
 
2012-10-20 10:56:42 AM  
Manipulating photos before the digital age wasn't that difficult. It wasn't much more time consuming than today either. The biggest difference was that back then you had to get out of your seat a couple times.
 
2012-10-20 11:05:44 AM  

mekkab: GAH! CONTENT BLOCKED BY WORK!


/I really need my own laptop
//no, I'm not working.


Lemme guess, you're using a wireless card from work?

If that's the case, just get your own wifi.
 
2012-10-20 11:08:21 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: And if you stop the cross-fade from the wide shot to the close up of Nicholson at just the right place it looks like he has a Hitler mustache, which means that "The Shining" is actually about the Holocaust.

/There is someone who actually believes this


More disconcerting is the idea that there are folks out there that think that something in the public domain, released by Hollywood in the last half century, WOULDN'T be.

Cause they own Hollywood and everything in it, ya see.

*nods
 
2012-10-20 11:09:22 AM  

Ooba Tooba: My brother has an 8x10 of it framed in his creepy living room. Why yes, he IS single ladies:)


I might need something like that, but I think I might put my own face in place of Nicholson's.

/I'd have to work on my creepy stare though.
 
2012-10-20 11:18:24 AM  

Vodka Zombie: Ooba Tooba: My brother has an 8x10 of it framed in his creepy living room. Why yes, he IS single ladies:)

I might need something like that, but I think I might put my own face in place of Nicholson's.

/I'd have to work on my creepy stare though.


With a name like Vodka Zombie it shouldn't be that difficult.
 
2012-10-20 11:21:25 AM  
It's funny that the author of the article is so amazed by airbrushing. Anybody who "read" Playboy in the 1970s could see the magic that airbrushing could do.

/high school class of 1980, why do you ask?
 
2012-10-20 11:31:32 AM  
Not from the article, but in the writer's head: "Kubrick had an incredible memory; he was able to recall phone numbers of friends and family memebers WITHOUT the aid of digital technology like a cell phone or computer. Oh Kubrick, you genius!" etc.
 
2012-10-20 11:31:58 AM  

flaminio: /high school class of 1980, why do you ask?


cause we wanted to know if we could play some football on your lawn
 
2012-10-20 11:33:19 AM  

Ooba Tooba: My brother has an 8x10 of it framed in his creepy living room. Why yes, he IS single ladies:)


When I'm rich, I will have many "living rooms". Now, because of your post, I will have on completely devoted to being creepy. It's where we'll host my mother-in-law when she comes to visit.
 
2012-10-20 11:35:48 AM  
Article is useless without pictures of both versions as described in the text.
I'd bet that the photos weren't airburshed, either. Someone probably used an exacto knife to cut out Jack's picture and it was pasted onto the background photo, then the two were then rephotographed with Panatomic-X and then reprinted as a final photograph. Probably a few were made in different sizes to be filmed and the best shots were used in the final cut of the film.

/Get off my lawn.
 
2012-10-20 11:39:11 AM  

Lee's_Austin: Ooba Tooba: My brother has an 8x10 of it framed in his creepy living room. Why yes, he IS single ladies:)

When I'm rich, I will have many "living rooms". Now, because of your post, I will have on completely devoted to being creepy. It's where we'll host my mother-in-law when she comes to visit.


See, the thing is.
You won't be rich. Just creepy.
 
2012-10-20 11:41:59 AM  

Crudbucket: Tyrone Slothrop: And if you stop the cross-fade from the wide shot to the close up of Nicholson at just the right place it looks like he has a Hitler mustache, which means that "The Shining" is actually about the Holocaust.

/There is someone who actually believes this

I am willing to be that person.


I refuse to abandon the fake moon landing conspiracy coverup conspiracy.
 
2012-10-20 11:52:28 AM  
Vodka Zombie: I might need something like that, but I think I might put my own face in place of Nicholson's.

I'm thinking of doing something similar, but with da Vinci's Last Supper.
 
2012-10-20 11:55:42 AM  
Just watched that movie again. That ending shot is really great, as is the movie. Although King's movie version of his book sucked, I'd be happy to see a good adaptation that stuck to the book. I think Ben Foster would make an excellent Jack Torrence.
 
2012-10-20 11:58:28 AM  
Article author probably thinks an airbrush is a device you use to paint pictures and likenesses of people.
 
2012-10-20 12:06:09 PM  
Fark all that, I want some of this wall art:

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-20 12:10:00 PM  

skinink: Just watched that movie again. That ending shot is really great, as is the movie. Although King's movie version of his book sucked, I'd be happy to see a good adaptation that stuck to the book. I think Ben Foster would make an excellent Jack Torrence.


One thing I did like about the TV movie version of the book was the casting of the guy from Wings. He at least seemed like a normal guy who went mad, as opposed to the Kubrick version, where Jack looks completely unhinged from the start.
 
2012-10-20 12:14:11 PM  

NeoCortex42: skinink: Just watched that movie again. That ending shot is really great, as is the movie. Although King's movie version of his book sucked, I'd be happy to see a good adaptation that stuck to the book. I think Ben Foster would make an excellent Jack Torrence.

One thing I did like about the TV movie version of the book was the casting of the guy from Wings. He at least seemed like a normal guy who went mad, as opposed to the Kubrick version, where Jack looks completely unhinged from the start.


Yeah, Jack looked like he didn't even need the house to be haunted to lose his shiat.
 
2012-10-20 12:33:37 PM  
with Kubrick even stating that it's proof that Jack was actually a reincarnation of someone who worked at the hotel five decades earlier.

Reincarnation? Thats really lame. I always thought that the picture meant the hotel had sucked Nicholson into it, so he'd be one of the malevolent ghosts there... FOREVER
 
2012-10-20 12:39:43 PM  

Pete_T_Mann: with Kubrick even stating that it's proof that Jack was actually a reincarnation of someone who worked at the hotel five decades earlier.

Reincarnation? Thats really lame. I always thought that the picture meant the hotel had sucked Nicholson into it, so he'd be one of the malevolent ghosts there... FOREVER


Yeah, that was my thought too.
 
2012-10-20 12:45:37 PM  
wait that's Mitt Romney
 
2012-10-20 12:48:00 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Lee's_Austin: Ooba Tooba: My brother has an 8x10 of it framed in his creepy living room. Why yes, he IS single ladies:)

When I'm rich, I will have many "living rooms". Now, because of your post, I will have on completely devoted to being creepy. It's where we'll host my mother-in-law when she comes to visit.

See, the thing is.
You won't be rich. Just creepy.


If all goes accordingly, I can be both.
 
2012-10-20 12:49:46 PM  

Pete_T_Mann: Reincarnation? Thats really lame. I always thought that the picture meant the hotel had sucked Nicholson into it, so he'd be one of the malevolent ghosts there... FOREVER


You've always been the caretaker...

/Watched some of it last night
 
2012-10-20 12:52:21 PM  

limboslam: Manipulating photos before the digital age wasn't that difficult. It wasn't much more time consuming than today either. The biggest difference was that back then you had to get out of your seat a couple times.


Or as Mrs Spldng & I refer to it: The Joe Stalin School of Photojournalism.

She found herself heavily conflicted several years ago when she was asked to drop a picture of a local candidate into a photo of a group of schoolkids. And this was just for an ad in a weekly advertiser rag.
 
2012-10-20 12:58:27 PM  

Pete_T_Mann: with Kubrick even stating that it's proof that Jack was actually a reincarnation of someone who worked at the hotel five decades earlier.

Reincarnation? Thats really lame. I always thought that the picture meant the hotel had sucked Nicholson into it, so he'd be one of the malevolent ghosts there... FOREVER


In the sequel, it's Nicholson that climbs out of the bathtub naked to seduce people.

/You work with the spirits you have
 
2012-10-20 12:58:29 PM  
We know Kucrick made a farking hundrend takes on this shot of Scrothers shining, its he in the bed looking foward and the camera zooming and the story when he fell in his knees in another scene and how far he got to do other films. Going 'shop in this photo is a little shocking. Just saw the scene on youtube and couldnt note the thing in the head roll, maybe i need some coffee or bourbon
 
2012-10-20 01:13:42 PM  

Lee's_Austin: If all goes accordingly, I can be both.


It won't go accordingly.
Life comes at you fast.
 
2012-10-20 01:16:54 PM  

macadamnut: Fark all that, I want some of this wall art:

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x282]


Here's one of the two posters in that scene.
NSFW
 
2012-10-20 01:18:37 PM  

macadamnut: Fark all that, I want some of this wall art:

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x282]


The one he had over his TV was even better.
 
2012-10-20 01:32:53 PM  
I'm not aware of ever believing in a conspiracy myself but the secret message about the fake moon landing was absolutely fantastic. I watched the whole damn clip and loved every second of it.
 
2012-10-20 01:40:32 PM  

macadamnut: Fark all that, I want some of this wall art:


I never really understood the point of the "sexy" decor in his house and what it was supposed to say about his character. How does "pimping" add anything to the plot?
 
2012-10-20 01:41:41 PM  

colimar: We know Kucrick made a farking hundrend takes on this shot of Scrothers shining, its he in the bed looking foward and the camera zooming and the story when he fell in his knees in another scene and how far he got to do other films. Going 'shop in this photo is a little shocking. Just saw the scene on youtube and couldnt note the thing in the head roll, maybe i need some coffee or bourbon


Yea, you need something. Maybe less bourbon? I don't know.
 
2012-10-20 01:43:17 PM  

limboslam: Manipulating photos before the digital age wasn't that difficult. It wasn't much more time consuming than today either. The biggest difference was that back then you had to get out of your seat a couple times.


24.media.tumblr.com

Pretty much since the invention of photography
 
2012-10-20 01:43:53 PM  

Lollipop165: macadamnut: Fark all that, I want some of this wall art:

I never really understood the point of the "sexy" decor in his house and what it was supposed to say about his character. How does "pimping" add anything to the plot?


Pimpin aint easy. Neither is having ESP. Or maybe that's just how Kubrick thought single black men decorated.
 
2012-10-20 01:45:00 PM  

NeoCortex42: One thing I did like about the TV movie version of the book was the casting of the guy from Wings. He at least seemed like a normal guy who went mad, as opposed to the Kubrick version, where Jack looks completely unhinged from the start.


I've always said there are two versions of the Shining, both equally good. King's is a ghost story, while Kubrick's is a psychological thriller.

Bastard Squad: Not from the article, but in the writer's head: "Kubrick had an incredible memory; he was able to recall phone numbers of friends and family memebers WITHOUT the aid of digital technology like a cell phone or computer. Oh Kubrick, you genius!" etc.


Kubrick started out as a photojournalist when he was a 16 or 17. He ended up working for Look (a Life Magazine imitator) and was really the best thing it had going for it. Even after he became a famous director, he kept up on all the advances in still photography. If he didn't know how to fake a photo himself, he knew who the best person in the business was. And photo retouching, like Photoshop today, was an art with people working at varying skill levels from "looks legit" to "The Commissar Vanishes."

/Given Kubrick's obbssesive attention to detail, I always assumed he staged the shot
//Isn't that Eddie Cantor in the original photo?
 
2012-10-20 01:53:49 PM  

born_yesterday: In the sequel, it's Nicholson that climbs out of the bathtub naked to seduce people.


Is he the hot chick first? Does he say "Here's Johnny!" when he switches over? That would make that line alot creepier.
 
2012-10-20 01:54:10 PM  
No TV and no beer make Homer something something
 
2012-10-20 01:58:02 PM  

natural316: No TV and no beer make Homer something something


Go crazy?
 
2012-10-20 02:03:11 PM  

Fano: limboslam: Manipulating photos before the digital age wasn't that difficult. It wasn't much more time consuming than today either. The biggest difference was that back then you had to get out of your seat a couple times.

[24.media.tumblr.com image 520x395]

Pretty much since the invention of photography


There's actually no manipulation in that photo. It's just a picture of a girl at the bottom of her garden with a bunch of cut-out fairies posed in front of her. There's no reason that the picture should have worked out as well as it did, which is why it fooled so many people who should have known better.
 
2012-10-20 02:07:36 PM  

Lollipop165: I never really understood the point of the "sexy" decor in his house and what it was supposed to say about his character. How does "pimping" add anything to the plot?


On one level, I wonder that myself. On another, I'd say that it's meant to say there's nothing special about Scatman's character outside of the "Shine'; that sort of decor was common for lower-middle class single men -black or white- in the 1970s.
 
2012-10-20 02:10:02 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Lee's_Austin: If all goes accordingly, I can be both.

It won't go accordingly.
Life comes at you fast.


Tell me about it.
 
2012-10-20 02:51:29 PM  
Isn't this superimposition, not airbrushing? (Although, I am pretty sure an airbrush was used after a photo was taken of the superimposition.) Actually, this is a pretty analogous analog version of someone today would do digitally. It's just that, in the olden days, the airbrush had to be used for a lot more things.
 
2012-10-20 02:58:03 PM  
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