The Shining is surely Stanley Kubrick's most misunderstood masterpiece.
I use the word 'masterpiece' guardedly because I have never really thought that The Shining was a very good film.
At the time, in 1980 when I first saw it, I didn't like it at all. The way that Kubrick threw out so much of Stephen King's great source material and replaced it with a lot of things that just didn't seem to make any sense, really bothered me.
Hopefully, before I am finished with this essay, the reader will see it is only when Kubrick dramatically alters the script from Stephen King's novel that we can begin to understand what Stanley Kubrick is trying to tell us in his version of The Shining.
It should be understood from the beginning that The Shining is Stanley Kubrick's most personal film (outside of, possibly, Eyes Wide Shut). Before we are done here it will be easy to see that Kubrick was only using Stephen King's novel as a launching pad (excuse the pun) to be able to tell a completely different story under the guise of making a film based on a best-selling novel. He did this for a very important reason - mainly to save his life.
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The article contends that Kubrick hid commentary about Apollo 11 (and his involvement with) in the subtext of the Shining. Fans of symbology in film will enjoy this read reguardless of your interest in a possible moon hoax.
Please, don't let the moon hoax thread spill over into this one. Comments about the authors interpetations and Kubrick's work are welcome.
BTW, if you enjoy this article, the site at the link above has additional articles interpreting the symbology of Kubricks films.