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The Shining’s famous final photo goes viral on 100th anniversary

Fans of The Shining have long debated what the final photo of the movie meant.

At the end of the 1980s film, a photo from a ball at the Overlook hotel is shown – and it is dated on July 4, 1921.

So naturally, on its 100th anniversary, the photo resurfaced on social media as fans shared their wild theories on what the movie’s director Stanley Kubrick might have meant by the picture.

One fan wrote on Twitter : “Exactly 100 years ago, the Overlook Hotel hosted the July 4th Ball in the Gold Ballroom with Jack Torrance fully visible in the foreground, sparking wild theories about what the hell this end scene of ‘The Shining’ meant.”

The Shining’s photo went viral on Sunday on the 100th anniversary of when it was taken

And other fans quickly took to social media to give their verdict on the infamous picture.

One shared: “I always thought each person in the photo was a victim of the hotel. The hotel took a lot of people!”

Whilst the original poster replied: “I’ve always believed Jack was doomed to be reincarnated over and over only to wind up at the Overlook to meet his fate.

“Kinda think Delbert Grady was Jack himself as he told him ‘You’ve always been the caretaker’. Kubrick was a mad genius with his filmmaking.”

Jack Nicholson stars as Torrance in the film
Jack Nicholson stars as Torrance in the film

The Shining follows the story of Jack Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson, who has taken a job as an off-season caretaker for the Overlook Hotel in Colorado. Joined by his wife Wendy and his son Danny – who has special psychic abilities to see the terrifying history of the hotel – Jack takes the job.

But Danny’s telepathic communications with hotel cook Dick – who also has the gift of “the shining” – reveal the horrible history of a previous caretaker at the hotel, who killed both himself and his family.

And with Jack and his family stuck at the hotel due to terrible snow, Jack struggles with his sanity, leaving his family in danger.

The Shining is one of Kubrick's most famous movies
The Shining is one of Kubrick’s most famous movies

The reason for the photograph has been explained by Stanley, the film’s director.

“The ballroom photograph at the very end suggests the reincarnation of Jack,” he had said previously.


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