Some of you readers will remember the post I put up a few weeks ago about LACMA’s amazing exhibit that is completely dedicated to legendary director Stanley Kubrick. Within the exhibit is a display featuring some rejected posters for Kubrick’s classic film The Shining and they are absolutely stunning. The entire gallery is phenomenal but this has to be one of the coolest displays at the show. Not only does it show off some lost poster ideas for one of cinemas greatest horror films but each of them have what looks to be Kubrick’s handwritten notes as to the reasoning why they chose not to use any of these prints.
Designer The Fox Is Black had this to say, “One of the coolest parts, especially for a designer like myself, was these sketches by Saul Bass for the film poster of The Shining. Previously I had no idea that Saul Bass had created the original poster (which you can see at the top) so this was a really cool surprise. I’ve read online that Kubrick made Bass go through at least 300 versions of the poster until finally ending on the extremely alien looking version we now know.”
If you want to see the rest of the gallery, you can check it out here: LACMA’s Stanley Kubrick Gallery
Below, I’ve posted the rejected posters along with the famous yellow print that they ended up going with in the end.