On Halloween night, someplace somewhere must be playing Stanley Kubrick's forever-mindbanging 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining. Mission Valley already played it at the top of the month to kick off Big Boss Brewing's Harvest of Horrors Movie Series. Tonight's screening at Duke is the beginning of a monthly Screen/Society film series called "Kubrick and Existentialism." German department professor Michael Morton will introduce these films from the late auteur's canon, discussing the existentialist themes that surface throughout them. Interestingly enough, the other classic Kubrick films that will be screened during this series are the end-of-the-world satire Dr. Strangelove (Nov. 19) and the anti-war drama Paths of Glory (Dec. 3). That is, films that are literally about matters of life and death. Can't help thinking Kubrick would be pleased by this.
—Craig D. Lindsey