Sunday, September 5, 2010


One of the last things we hear Jack utter at the end of the film is so important. Stanley Kubrick has him singing "California, Here I Come" at the very end of the film (2:18:09) for a reason. It’s a song he knew was written for a “1921” Broadway musical. It’s the correct song for the correct year (July 4th, 1921) just to drive home his point. The photo does not depict any hotel found in Oregon, as a huge California palm tree is dead center in the photo of the lobby Stanley Kubrick chose to show us right after we hear Jack sing that song. The photo and the song go hand in hand. It's California, not Colorado, and that's where Jack Torrance as well as Jack Nicholson are both headed - literally and figuratively.