Saturday, January 19, 2013

Original costumes and props from The Shining on display...

In Stanley Kubrick's disturbing 1980 adaptation of The Stephen King psychological horror novel, The Shining, Jack Nicholson plays a writer who takes a job as a caretaker at an off-season isolated hotel. As the possessed hotel slowly drives him insane, only his son's psychic abilities (known as 'The Shining') can save him and his mother before his father murders them.

Original costumes and props from The Shining 
at LACMA's Stanley Kubrick exhibition 
Original Grady Sisters costumes The Shining
Shining ax props Stanley Kurick exhibition LACMA
Original Wendy Torrance knife Shining prop
Adler typewriter prop Shining
This wonderful collection of costumes, props and models from the classic horror movie, including the original knife prop used by Shelley Duval as 'Wendy Torrance', were photographed on display at the Stanley Kubrick exhibition at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) on January 10, 2013.

The Shining movie poster
The Shining movie poster
The fantastic exhibit also included actual dresses and shoes worn by Lisa and Louise Burns as the creepy, ghostly Grady Sisters.

Original Grady Sisters costumes from The Shining on display
Original Grady Sisters costumes The Shining
Grady Sisters dresses The Shining
Grady Sisters costumes The Shining
Milena Canonero was Costume Designer on this iconic horror movie.

Original ax props featured in The Shining
Original ax props The Shining
The Shining ax movie props
Shining movie axes
These actual axes used in the movie by Jack Nicholson as ' Jack Torrance' were wonderfully and creatively on display at the exhibit too.

Actual typewriter prop used in The Shining
Shining typewriter movie prop
Shining typewriter movie prop
In addition there was also the original Adler typewriter his character uses in the film, plus the page from his manuscript with the phrase he has been endlessly typing 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'.

The Shining labyrinth model reproduction
The Shining labyrinth model
Shining labyrinth model
Also on display with these original pieces was this scale model recreation of the haunted hotel's labyrinth maze.

If you're a fan of this film, you may also like these other costumes and props from horror movie genre on display.

The Shining movie poster
The Shining 1980 movie poster
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  1. Did the people involved in The Shining MOMA display deal with anyone like Fred Gunning (head carpenter), Del Smith (head painter), Len Furey (construction manager), Thomas Tarry (master plasterer) or Roy Walker who were responsible for the props & set designs for the film? I'd love to know who actually built the "demon elevator" set & carved its symbolic details. Sorry for the year-late post.

  2. Truthfully Nicole I don't know, but I think this was a traveling exhibit and had been several places before it arrived at LACMA.

    I wonder if this book on Amazon would shed any light...