The Shining: Bathrooms Part 1

Enormous chair
CLICKY: Rise and Shiny

So this is a post about bathrooms in Stanley Kubrick’s film ‘The Shining’. Four are used for scenes in the film:

  1. the bathroom at Torrances’ flat in Boulder, Colorado (Danny talks to Tony);
  2. the bathroom in Room 237 at the Overlook (Jack encounters a young/old woman);
  3. the bathroom (okay, toilets) next to the Overlook Ballroom (Jack talks to Grady);
  4. the bathroom in the Torrances’ Overlook apartment (Wendy is trapped).

Inspired by CJ over at MEROVEE, this might take some time…

Merovee Eternité

*Exactly! Clicky, better give Dear Reader a Song now*


Boulder Bathroom

In the following gifs, Danny’s words are shown in white and Tony’s in orange. In the whirled of MRS REGN, orange is the colour of Sensitivity because orange is the smell of ‘shine‘.

Forwards/ Whilst Jack is at the Overlook having his interview, Wendy and Danny wait for news at home.

Backwards\ Wendy and Danny are fleeing a rampaging Jack at the Overlook hotel.


Notable thing No.1: In the Forwards/\Backwards version of the film, practically every scene has some form of illumination in it – lights, lamps, headlights, shine…




Notable thing No.2: Timing. In this instance, the camera zooms in on the peculiar couple in the bedroom as Tony says ‘Don’t want to’ and Danny’s finger is illuminated.



Part 2 to follow and in keeping with Red Universe Frank’s ‘Eternité’ post, there will indeed be a bush…



9 thoughts on “The Shining: Bathrooms Part 1

  1. An amazing movie… and I’m enjoying your interpretations/insights Roobee!

    Heh… here’s a neat little experiment to try: flash the bathtub scene to guys, and then ask them what they saw. See if any of them mention Jack. :>

    There was only one negative point in all that movie for me: Kubrick’s reinterpretation of the climax. I’ve never understood that, although I can see the emotional power of the chase.

    – MJM (and tony….)

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    1. Thank you 😀

      I hated it the first time I saw it because I really liked the Stephen King book. It wasn’t until I read Johnny 53’s breakdown of the film that intrigued me enough to watch it again.

      No.40 ‘The Second Law’ by Paul Fryer

      This work makes a direct reference to the iconic final scene in Kubrick’s The Shining. Encased within a glass-fronted upright freezer, Fryer has created a realistic waxwork figure covered in ice and snow. However, instead of depicting the film’s protagonist, Jack Torrance, it bears an eerie resemblance to the director himself.’

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      1. The neon writing on the wall says: ‘When you talk about love you make me feel invisible’.

        No.7 ‘In Consolus – Full of Hope and Full of Fear’ by James Lavelle and John Isaacs, featuring Azzi Glasser.

        ‘This outwardly playful multi-media, olfactory environment, belies sinister undertones. Los of innocence and abuse of power find expression through the over-scaled teddy bears, and the banal food produce boxes reference the pantry scene in The Shining. Perfume designer Azzi Glasser’s scent ‘A Space Odyssey’ evokes Kubrick’s film whilst also alluding to his optioning of Patrick Suskind’s classic novel ‘Perfume’.

        ‘Soundtrack – A collaboration with Detroit techno pioneer Carl Craig, and Domenico “GG” Canu and Marco Baroni of Italian electronic dance ensemble Planet Funk, also featuring spoken word artist and designer Michele Lamy, and UNKLE collaborator Elliott Power. The piece was based on a conversation between two HALs from the original unreleased ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ script.’


  2. Roob

    Why am I thinking you’ve driven up the mountain and have arrived at the Overlook ?

    Remember it was a new job for Jack.

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