The Shining – a movie as a metaphor

Authors: Stutterheim, K.

Start date: 1 July 2016

Publisher: Peter Lang Verlag

Place of Publication: Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien,

ISBN: 978-3-631-64138-5

The Shining by Stanley Kubrick is a movie attracting audience and academics until today. With this analysis metaphors used by Kubrick in the level of implicit dramaturgy will be discussed as signs pointing towards an interpretation of the movie as a metaphor itself. For the 20-min-presentation three aspects will be central: the motive of Dies Irae in connection to the biblical metaphor given with the hotel at the peak of the Shining Mountains, the visual dramaturgy in double connotation by using metaphors out of native art and Christian iconography in relation to selected dialog sentences.

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