Precious footage of the auteur at work: framing, accessing, using, and cultifying Vivian Kubrick's Making the Shining

Egan, Kate (2015) Precious footage of the auteur at work: framing, accessing, using, and cultifying Vivian Kubrick's Making the Shining. New Review of Film and Television Studies, 13 (1). pp. 63-82. ISSN 1740-0309

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Abstract

This paper aims to explore the centrality to Kubrick's cult reputation of a touchstone resource for Kubrick fans: Vivian Kubrick's 1980 documentary Making the Shining. Through an analysis of the documentary itself, as well as a charting of its circulation from original broadcast on television to its dissemination and discussion via a prominent Kubrick fan site, alt.movies.kubrick (amk), the paper will explore the shifting valuations of this crucial Kubrick-related paratext in relation to Kubrick's status as cult auteur and to forms of technological change which have impacted on this documentary's history of distribution and dissemination. In particular, the paper will attempt to problematize the notion that the cult status and value of particular texts automatically diminishes when they become readily available on DVD, by focusing on the range of ways in which Making the Shining is valued by amk users, subsequent to its shift in status from a rare object (swapped on second- and third-generation video copies of off-air recordings) to a key DVD extra, in a remastered form, on DVD releases of The Shining from 1999.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cult authorship, media paratexts, digital auteurism, online fan communities, The Shining, Stanley Kubrick
Subjects: W600 Cinematics and Photography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2020 08:05
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2020 08:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43349

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