“These continuity Polaroids offer a glimpse into an unused scene from ‘The Shining.’ In the finished film, the scene of Wendy and Danny exploring the hedge maze is intercut with shots of Jack wandering the hotel, bored and suffering from writer’s block. As originally filmed, however, Jack then wanders to the balcony overlooking the Colorado Lounge, and glances down to his writing table to see something that hadn’t been there previously — a large scrapbook. Jack’s typewriter, paper, cigarettes, pens, etc. have been mysteriously arranged in a quasi-Native American design on the floor leading to the table and the scrapbook.
Jack then goes down to investigate and finds that the scrapbook is full of newspaper clippings from the Overlook Hotel’s lurid past. He becomes entranced with it. The scrapbook figured in several other deleted scenes, and provided the original inspiration for Jack to finally begin writing. Most of the scenes with the scrapbook have been omitted in the final film, though there are still some lingering shots where the scrapbook lies on Jack’s writing table, unexplained.
In earlier drafts of the screenplay, the final shot of the movie is a long slow camera move towards the open scrapbook sitting upon the table. The camera continues to track forward until it finds the vintage ballroom party photo with Jack smiling out from it. When Kubrick decided to excise the scrapbook element from the story, he presumably repurposed that same idea by tracking across the lobby and finding the same framed photo on the wall.” —The Overlook Hotel, ephemera related to Stanley Kubrick’s Masterpiece of Modern Horror, ‘The Shining’
Below: continuity polaroid of Kubrick and Nicholson on the Pantry set of ‘The Shining.’
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