The Elusive Shining

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The first time The Shining was screened on national television, viewers were informed that the “film deals with the supernatural, as a possessed man attempts to destroy his family.” Is that a presumptuous interpretation of what happened in The Shining?

Greg Gerke points out the subtle—yet possibly character-changing differences that occur in the movie when it was screened in the UK versus the US, and the scenes that have gone mysteriously absent since the 80’s.


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