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The Shining (the 1980 movie)

Jack Torrence, former teacher and struggling writer accepts a job as a summer resort caretaker who is prepared to remain there snowbound over the winter with only his wife and telepathic son. Torrence slowly loses his mind as the hotel takes on life of its own, directing him for its own horrifying purposes. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson, this film takes the story in a substantially different direction than the author of the book might have liked. Author Stephen King was so dissatisfied with Kubrick’s changes to his novel in this film that he created the 1997 television miniseries version of The Shining to more closely follow his book’s storyline.

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • King, Stephen
  • Horror films-United States-History and criticism

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3561 .I483

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Jones, Stephen. Creepshows: the Illustrated Stephen King Movie Guide. 2002.

                             Call Number: PS3561 .I483 Z73 2002

  • Herron, Don (ed.). Reign of Fear: the Fiction and Films of Stephen King. 1992.

                            Call Number: PS3561 .I483 Z8338 1992

  • Collings, Michael. The Films of Stephen King. 1986.

                            Call Number: PS3561 .I483 Z623 1986

  • Rasmussen, Randy. Stanley Kubrick: Seven Films Analyzed. 2001.

                              Call Number: PN1998.3 .K83 R37 2001

Reference Materials

  • New York Times Film Reviews - Call Number: REF PN1995 .N4

o   1979-80, May 23, 1980, pg. 212 and June 8, 1980, pg. 218-19.

  • Motion Picture GuideCall Number: REF PN1995 .N346 1985

o   Vol. 17, pg. 2886.

  •  Magill’s Cinema Annual, Second SeriesCall Number: REF 1995 .M3 1981

o   Vol. 5, pg. 2175-78.

  • Encyclopedia of Novels into FilmCall Number: REF PN1997.85 .T54 1998

o   Pg. 380-81.

  • Readers' Guide to Periodical LiteratureCall Number: AI3 .R48 (Index table)

o   Vol. 40, pg. 1001.

Research Databases

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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Film & Television Literature Index
  • New York Times Historical Newspapers
  • Lexis Nexis

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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