Watch: Shelley Duvall Talks Kubrick Using an 18mm Lens on The Shining
A while back we posted a vintage half-hour documentary about the great cinematographer John Alcott. For Kubrick fans reluctant to commit to that whole program, here’s an excerpt in which Shelley Duvall talks about the director’s use of the 18mm lens on The Shining. The lens is great for furniture but terrible for faces, she says, speculating that Kubrick was trying to make everybody look more frightening. In her telling, Alcott tried to get Kubrick to occasionally relent and use a 50 or 75mm lens, but with no success.