The Shining (with Billy Sassi)


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Its generic frame work - the ghost story - implacably demystifies the nostalgia film as such, the pastiche, and reveals the latter's concrete social content: the glossy simulacrum of this or that past is here unmasked as possession, and this is a critical perspective which includes but transcends the more immediate appeal of even those occult films with which The Shining might momentarily have been confused."

          'Historicism in The Shining',

Frederic Jameson