Sunday, August 24, 2008

Why does Stanley Kubrick have so many important objects colored either red or yellow?

Even though he never stated this, Stanley Kubrick (just like Stephen King) may be using color to indicate when certain characters are “Shining” as surroundings and possessions which are entirely yellow or red are numerous as well as obvious. In the novel oranges are what Dick Hallorann smelled as he Shined and being that smell can’t be adequately brought across to theater audiences, Stanley Kubrick just happens to makes a brilliant decision (or maybe this just appears by accident) to use the two pigments that painters add together to make orange. Red and yellow equals orange, “Shining”. It’s also interesting to note that important red items in the novel are yellow in the movie, and important yellow items are red.

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