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Make the case, based on the mise-en-scène in The Shining, that Stanley Kubrick is a great artist or a sloppy craftsman.
Make the case that The Shining is a good or bad example of the horror genre.
Make the case that Shelley Duvall, Jack Nicholson, or Stanley Kubrick deserved, or definitely didn’t deserve, to win a Razzie for The Shining (the Razzie is a joke award given for extremely bad performances).
Show how The Shining is a good or bad example of the phrase: “Nothing in the mise-en-scène is an accident.”
Make the case that The Shining shows how the film experience itself is like wandering through a maze (I’ll pose a similar idea when we finally get to Inception, during our last week of class).
Show how mirrors and doorways in The Shining are portals to other realities (other times and places).
According to our textbook authors, there are four main components of mise-en-scène (setting, human figure placement, lighting, composition). Which component is the most pronounced or important in The Shining? And why is this significant?