Jan Harlan is in Sitges these days on the occasion of the tribute the Festival is devoting to the 30th anniverasy of The Shining, which he described as an unquestionable “classic”.
Harlan was the executive producer of many of Stanley Kubrick’s films and during an encounter with the audience, he explained that obsessive and finicky reputation Kubrick had was simply because “he wanted to make good, perfect movies (...). He may have been afraid of mediocrity and that’s why he wanted his films to last”. He pointed out that the common denominator in the American director’s work is “human insanity and weaknesses, which Kubrick didn’t exclude himself from”.
Given the attendees’ curiosity, Harlan went on to reveal some of the mysteries around the shooting of the film and specifically referred to the famous labyrinth scene, “a question of an optical illusion”. He defined the film as a kind of “sleeping beauty for grownups” where “what you have to do is translate its elements into real life”.