Episode 18: FEMALE HORROR with horror writer/director & actor in “Eyes Wide Shut” Stewart Thorndike

Episode 18: FEMALE HORROR with horror writer/director & actor in “Eyes Wide Shut” Stewart Thorndike

Stewart Thorndike, who played Nuala in Eyes Wide Shut and is a horror movie writer and director (Lyle), discusses Wendy’s problematic situation, what’s missing in horror films, and what it was like to act for Kubrick.

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Part one of Rob Ager’s essay about the possible gold standard theme in The Shining

 

Trailer for Lyle (2015) written and directed by our guest, Stewart Thorndike

An extended interview with Stewart Thorndike about her experience acting for Kubrick in Eyes Wide Shut will be available on Patreon in March.

 

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Episode 16: FOR MUSIC NERDS with musicologist Jonathan Stern

Episode 16: FOR MUSIC NERDS with musicologist Jonathan Stern

Musicologist Jonathan Stern discusses the stunning soundtrack to The Shining, how the overhead maze scene was shot, plus Kubrick’s connection to Gilligan’s Island.

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Béla Bartók

György Ligeti

Krzysztof Penderecki

Henry Hall & The Gleneagles Hotel Band

Wendy Carlos


The Vampira Show

 

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Episode 15: TENNIS BALL’S OSCAR MOMENT with animator and radio personality John Schnall from the Midnight Matinee on WFMU

Episode 15: TENNIS BALL’S OSCAR MOMENT with animator and radio personality John Schnall from the Midnight Matinee on WFMU

WFMU Midnight Matinee’s John Schnall sat through The Shining fourteen times when it first came out and lived to talk about it 37 years later for this week’s podcast.

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Folk song from Werner Herzog’s Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)

 

Commercial from the Keep America Beautiful campaign in the 1970s, with the iconic crying Native American.

 

John Schnall’s highly experimental, totally nutso Midnight Matinee version of The Shining Polka. 

 

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Episode 14: INSIDE ELSTREE with Howard Berry, film historian at Elstree Studios

Episode 14: INSIDE ELSTREE with Howard Berry, film historian at Elstree Studios

Elstree Studios film historian Howie Berry dollops out some amazing inside scoops about the elevator of blood, continuity errors, and some scenes we’ll never see.

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A map of where everything was filmed at Elstree Studios.

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Watching the Vision Assist, which captured each day’s takes with Kubrick having to print the film. (He printed most of them anyway!)

The Shining Video Assist

 

A TV spot with alternate takes never used in the film.

 

A call sheet from The Shining.

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Inspiration for continuity errors in the film?

From Stephen King’s The Shining

Danny lay awake in his bedroom, eyes open…

His glider floated overhead from a string. On his bureau the VW model, brought up from the roadway setup downstairs, glowed a dimly florescent purple. His books were in the bookcase, his coloring books on the desk. A place for everything and everything in its place, Mommy said. Then you know where it is when you want it. But now things had been misplaced. Things were missing. Worse still, things had been added, things you couldn’t quite see, like in one of those pictures that said CAN YOU SEE THE INDIANS? And if you strained and squinted, you could see some of them—the thing you had taken for a cactus at first glance was really a brave with a knife clamped in his teeth, and there were others hiding in the rocks, and you could even see one of their evil, merciless faces peering through the spokes of a covered wagon wheel. But you could never see all of them, and that was what made you uneasy. Because it was the ones you couldn’t see that would sneak up behind you, a tomahawk in one hand and a scalping knife in the other…

 

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Episode 13: STANLEY DOES IT ALL with Joe Dator from The New Yorker and cinephile Megan Dooley

Episode 13: STANLEY DOES IT ALL with Joe Dator from The New Yorker and cinephile Megan Dooley

Joe and Megan converse with me about conversations, we neurologically probe the smell of toast, and we are treated to a ditty by Scatman Crothers.

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An interview from 1980 with Mick Garris. Scatman sings at about 3:00.

Scatman and Redd Foxx on Sandford and Son in 1975

The coin toss scene in No Country for Old Men(2007), directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, with Javier Bardem and Gene Jones

Orson Welles and James Cotton in The Third Man (1949), directed by Carol Reed.

Peter Boyle and Robert DeNiro in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976)

John Huston and Jack Nicholson in Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974)

Toni Collette and Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense (1999), directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The scene really begins (brilliantly) about a minute before this, with Haley’s character telling his mom about a ghost outside the car window. (If anyone has the whole clip, please let me know!)

Martin Landau and Sam Waterson in Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Lots of great conversation scenes in Alex Cox’s Repo Man (1984), here with Emilio Estevez and Fox Harris.

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Episode 12: CHILDHOOD SCARES with Marcus Pinn from cinephile site Pinnland Empire & the Zebras in America podcast

Episode 12: CHILDHOOD SCARES with Marcus Pinn from cinephile site Pinnland Empire & the Zebras in America podcast

Marcus Pinn from Pinnland Empire and Zebras in America talks with me about this intense scene, plus the stuff that messed with our brains in childhood.

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Trailer for Bob Balaban’s Parents (1989)

 

Trailer for Elem Klimov’s Come and See (1985)

 

Marcus refers to this scene from Alan Clarke’s Scum (1979) with Mick Ford and Bill Dean

 

Marcus refers to this scene in Steve McQueen’s Hunger (2008) with Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham

 

Scene from Richard Attenborough’s Magic (1978) with Anthony Hopkins and Burgess Meredith

 

Goddamn scary trailer and television commercial (used for both) for Magic

 

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Episode 11: HORROR, FOOD, & THE HORROR OF FOOD with John B. Cribbs from The Pink Smoke cinephile website

Episode 11: HORROR, FOOD, & THE HORROR OF FOOD with John B. Cribbs from The Pink Smoke cinephile website

John Cribbs from The Pink Smoke talks about The Shining in the context of horror, and Kubrick in the context of food.

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Trailer for Scalps (1983)

 

Roald Dahl’s Lamb to the Slaughter, originally a short story and also adapted and directed by Alfred Hitchcock for Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

 

The scene that almost got John Cribbs thrown out of a movie theater. “How’d you like some ice cream, Frodo?”

 

 

The beautiful Andreas Gursky photo to which John was referring.

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Trailer for The Sentinel (1977)

 

Trailer for The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2017)

 

Trailer for Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses (1969), which influenced A Clockwork Orange.

 

This is low quality but a prime example of the creepiness of Federico Fellini’s Giulietta degli Spiriti (Juliette of the Spirits) (1965). [NB: On the podcast I mistakenly call it Juliette of the Spring] Bonus: Twins! I suggested this and other Fellini films that contain creepiness were an influence on The Shining, but heck, let’s throw in Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist and most of David Lynch’s stuff as touched by Fellini. WARNING: Super-scary.

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