Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”–The Maps
I’ve attempted to get the proportions as best as possible, discovering that I was able to do so via the graphics on the carpet as I was able to count them off.
I based the scale of the lobby on what I learned from the Gold Room’s carpet and the fact that the area between the pillars roughly corresponds with the width of the hall to the Gold Room. This map shows the impossibility of the window in the office and the multiple halls that are behind that supposed office window.
John Fell Ryan and I have discussed how there are subtle differences between the Gold Room hall and what we would believe to be the supposed Gold Room hall viewed from the hall off the lobby. These subtle differences indicate that we are not viewing the Gold Room Hall on the left so there is no piecing together how the Gold Room fits with relationship to the lobby.
The Gold Room
My view of the Gold Room and the Red Bathroom was that it was possible the Red Bathroom crosses over the Gold Room and its bar and into the area where Jack collides with Grady. I have since viewed production still which shows the door to the red bathroom is, as I thought, in the right wall of the entry area to the bathrooms to the side of the bar, thus positioning the red bathroom as I had believed, not extending behind the Gold Room but layering over it.
The Colorado Lounge
Kubrick films things in such a way so that he guides the audience to believe the Colorado Lounge is located somehow above the lobby, even though the viewer also knows both are on a ground floor. He handles several different shots giving the audience the impression the stairs in the lobby lead to the Colorado Lounge stairs, and that the elevators must be somehow linked. They aren’t. The first principle misguiding shot is the crossfade from the lobby to the Colorado Lounge during the tour. There is a stack of luggage (a joke, it’s an impossible amount) the Torrance’s have brought up, and it is before the main lobby door. Kubrick crossfades so the rear stairway of the Colorado Lounge fits over the stairway in the lobby, and a stack of luggage in the Colorado Lounge (exiting employees) fits over the Torrance’s luggage, and the elevators fit over the main door. The viewer doesn’t see yet that the Colorado Lounge is turned 90 degrees lengthwise from the lobby as they are only seeing its foyer. Because of these layerings, Kubrick gives the viewer the impression the steps connect the Colorado Lounge and the lobby. Though the viewer sees all this can’t be so, and that none of this fits together, Kubrick guides one to think it does, and treats it all very normally, so cognitive dissonance is quelled but never absolutely quieted.
The green and red hall behind the Colorado Lounge has a door that may go down to the basement and the boiler room.
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Room 237 and its Floor Above the Colorado Lounge
I’ve endeavored here, with the overlay, to show how the floor for Room 237 fits in with the Colorado Lounge. The green/red hall behind the Colorado Lounge appears to have a relationship with Room 237. The arrows show Danny’s travel around the halls on his Big Wheel. The proportions are based on the designs in the rug and the ability to count off the repetitions of the designs via Danny’s journeys and several other places in the film.
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