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March 31, 2011

Was The Shining made to be watched backwards?

images from The Shining played backwards and forwards

It's beyond question that Stanley Kubrick was a great film-maker. And you can make a very strong argument that he was one of the great artists of the 20th century. But some take it further, claiming that Kubrick was nothing short of a bona fide genius.

I just came across an argument in support of that last point, courtesy of Joanne McNeil's Tomorrow Museum. An article there delves into the uncanny symmetries that are revealed when you watch Kubrick's 1980 horror film The Shining forwards and backwards, at the same time.

According to the article, scenes match up too often to be just coincidence, and suspiciously often characters and objects are in what appear to be carefully designed juxtaposition. If this is true...that Kubrick thought this all out and pulled it off during the shooting and editing of the film...well then words just fail me.

If you want to take the forward and backwards plunge into The Shining (or for that matter any film) yourself, David Wolf has created a Mac App that will play any video file backwards and forwards at the same time.

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at March 31, 2011 09:43 PM