August 20, 2014 at 12:54 pm #158915
I’m so confused on her in “The Shining”. People say she ruined the show and she was even nominated for a Razzie Award, but heck I found her performance much better than Jack Nicholson‘s and I think she was extremely enjoyable as Wendy Torrance.
I’ve read somewhere that Jack Nicholson told the Empire Magazine that he thought Duvall was fantastic and called her work in the film, ‘the toughest job of any actor that I’ve seen.’
What do you guys think of Shelley‘s performance?August 20, 2014 at 2:44 pm #158917
The Razzie nom was due to many finding her performance shrill and one-note, and it’s understandable. I’m still not sure what to make of this performance (though I love The Shining as a whole) – I think Duvall succeeds at making Wendy irritating enough that you almost empathise with Jack’s treatment of her (in the earlier scenes anyway), which makes the film more disturbing still. The infamous 120-plus take scene where she’s swinging the bat on the stairs is perhaps her best, but for most of the film there’s very little nuance or development in her characterization even as she feels increasingly trapped and desperate, either in the script or in Duvall’s acting.
But the Razzies also nominated Stanley Kubrick, which was pure lunacy, as his direction is what makes this film such an artistic success, especially considering its problems in other departments.August 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm #158918
For years I thought she was downright terrible, while simultaneously loving the film anyway. But over the last few years and viewings, I have come to appreciate her performance the most.
Kubrick just wanted to make his film and not have to coddle his actors. As a result, Duvall struggled through out the long shooting schedule. She needed a director who was warm and fuzzy, and not just interested in the technical aspect of completing the film. That is not what she got. The short documentary done by Kubrick’s estranged daughter sheds light on Stanley and Shelley’s relationship. She has said before that it was an experience she would not trade for the world, but would not want to go through again.August 20, 2014 at 6:02 pm #158919
Countless times have I seen the film and I still cannot figure out what I think about her. Sometimes I really like her (never love her though) and sometimes I can´t see how she is good at all. Weird thing….very weird.August 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm #158920
She’s perfectly fine imo. As good or better than those who are classically ‘trained’. Jack would have had a nomination if all deserving perfs received one.
Besides, what can you expect to do when something like this happens to YOU?August 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm #158921
I really didn’t like her performance. But I heard a story that Kubrick got in her head and would really mentally abuse her to get her to stay in character so I think I need to rewatch it to see if that changes my mine. I think, for now, the Razzie nomination was justified but by no way Kubrick’s was justified.August 20, 2014 at 9:11 pm #158922
At the time Steven King was going around telling all how terible Shining was and it ruined his book. The nomination for Kubrick was based on a lot of his “ruining” the book and directing that kind of performance by Duvall which still has detractors unlike Kubrick. There was so much “why this and why that” and Kubrick behavior of demanding the movie be taken out of circulation so he can cut one scene and then sent back out. Kubricks behavior and artistic decisions were really controversial.August 21, 2014 at 3:50 am #158923
I am part of that group who wasn’t a fan of her work for the longest time, but then in the past few years, have changed my mind significantly. As for her Razzie nom, I NEVER found it justified even when I wasn’t a fan of her performance.
Yes, she was grating and annoying even when she keeps going on and on about how beautiful the hotel is (“This place is FANTASTIC, isn’t it honey?” or “This might be the most beautiful hotel that I’ve ever seen!”) but what I also see is an extremely broken down woman who tries hard to be happy but then is put in the worst position ever….and I can’t think of many performances that showed more emotional distress and terror as hers did.
Kubrick did manage to get what he wanted, though at the cost of Duvall’s sanity during the shoot. Regardless, his Razzie nom was crazy and I personally like the film better than Stephen King’s book.August 21, 2014 at 4:20 am #158924
I thought Shelley Duvall was great in “The Shining.” The Razzie nomination was not merited.August 21, 2014 at 6:48 am #158925
she is just so weird!August 21, 2014 at 12:01 pm #158926
Weird-er than Jack and The Overlook?
Lol.August 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm #158927
I love how mixed we are on her performance. Yes, she’s weird, but I love abnormal, so I love her great weird little performance!August 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm #158928
I never understood the Razzie thing at all but she was great in this movie. Love Jack more in the movie (“Here’s Johnny!”) but she was a close second.August 22, 2014 at 12:15 am #158929
To me her performance and the one of Brooke Smith in The Silence of the Lambs rate as the two best depictions of sheer terror ever.August 22, 2014 at 12:52 am #158930
I was very sympathetic towards Shelley Duvall’s character in The Shining.
I have to add that 90 percent of Razzie nominations irritate me no end. I hate the Razzies for these reasons. The 10 percent that Razzies get right are not enough to justify Razzies.
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