Riding Stanley Kubrick

Feeling a little poorly on Saturday evening, I went to bed and watched the movie, ‘Passengers’…

It’s not a great movie, one where the trailer tells you pretty much all you need to know. One thing, though, that I did find interesting was the inclusion of The Shining’s Gold Room…

*Yeah, I took a double take when I saw that, too, Clicky…*

 

*”You look like a whisky man” …/rolls eyes…*

I supposed it was done on purpose, as an homage to Stanley Kubrick, a fact that was confirmed yesterday when I happened across a post on the subject at ‘Twilight Language‘. The post also brings up the odd coincidence that Michael Sheen’s (Arthur, the android bartender on the Avalon) father earns a living as a looky-likey for Jack Nicholson.

One glaring omission though is that the lead female character, Aurora Lane, like Jack Torrance in The Shining, is a writer…

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This shouldn’t be overlooked (pun intended) as, also, from the TL post:

‘Via Twitter, I bemoaned to Alex Fulton at Crypto-Kubrology Twitter that “modern Cryptokubrology is frustrating when Shining scenes are in new films w/out sync-reasoning.”

‘To which Fulton replied that “modern films w/ 237s inserted… hard not to assume the filmmakers just being clever. Pre-Shining 237s are where it gets weird.”‘

One of my favourite films about writing is the Jimmy Stewart, Margaret Sullavan film ‘The Shop Around the Corner’…

The Shop Around the Corner is a 1940 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart and Frank Morgan. The screenplay was written by Samson Raphaelson based on the 1937 Hungarian play Parfumerie by Miklós László. Eschewing regional politics in the years leading up to World War II, the film is about two employees at a leathergoods shop in Budapest who can barely stand each other, not realizing they’re falling in love as anonymous correspondents through their letters.

The film was remade in 1998 as ‘You’ve Got Mail’. I love this version too, and features the actress Jean Stapleton, who plays Birdie…

And this connects back to The Shining as Stapleton Airport is the one Dick Halloran flies into on this way to the Overlook hotel…

Dick Halloran calls ahead from Stapleton Airport

*Incidently, Clicky, Stansted Airport in Essex was used as the location for the interior scene at Stapleton Airport…*

Passengers also has a character, a black man, that comes to rescue and subsequently dies – Laurence Fishburne… Morpheus of The Matrix fame…

Starting in the medieval period, the name Morpheus began to stand generally for the god of dreams or of sleep.

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Anyhoo, I think that’s enough for tonight, Dear Reader, so I will finish on a Song…

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6 thoughts on “Riding Stanley Kubrick

  1. Hope Ms Librarian is now fully recovered from her poorliness.

    “Incidentally, Clicky, Stansted Airport in Essex was used as the location for the interior scene at Stapleton Airport…”

    Ah, the ‘old’ airport buildings; not the renowned Norman Foster -designed terminal. 😀

    http://www.eafa.org.uk/catalogue/658

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  2. Wow! That Kubrick scene is wild! LOL! I can see myself sitting in a theater, not expecting it, and then exclaiming “Oh my GOD!” out loud as it hit me! :> (And I’m not one to EVER exclaim things out loud, especially in movie theaters!)

    Thanks Roobee!

    🙂
    MJM

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