If you’re like us, you’ve seen Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 movie The Shining more than a few times, can quote from it at length (“All work and no play,” etc.), and maybe even quote from The Simpsons parody of it (okay, perhaps that’s excessive) and generally think it’s about 90 kinds of brilliant. (Even if The Shining author Stephen King infamously doesn’t agree.).
But if you try to remember the score, things get fuzzy. It’s not just you: Kubrick wound up using very little of the original score, composed by Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind, opting instead for passages of existing classical music (like the main title’s Hector Berlioz tidbit from his “Symphonie Fantastique”).
That wrong has been righted by John Fell Ryan (Excepter), who has composed a new score for the film. At Williamsburg’s newish 27-seat Spectacle Theater there’s a full-blown Kubrick mashup of sorts going down tonight: They’ll be screening The Shining forwards and backwards simultaneously (though the audio will only run forward, for clarity’s sake), the whole shebang with Ryan’s new score. (This is the kind of wacked-out high-meets-low-culture happening that makes people in other cities envy us, by the way.)
Check out a teaser below.