Can Kubrick's slavedriving ethos be justified? His genius is not in question and often we separate the art from the artist. Like Hitchcock, Kubrick's attitude to actors and crew was a means to an end. Every collaborator an opponent like in a chess game. The treatment of Shelley Duvall may have created great art, but is an oppressive approach the only way to make a masterpiece? Does praise induce mediocrity?
It's a very interesting making-of. It's probably one of the best I've seen. It does what a documentary is supposed to do; it gives interviews with actors, shows the sets, and even the general mood on set.
If you are a hardcore Shining fan, Kubrick fan or just a general fan of movie making then this documentary is totally worth checking out. I enjoyed it, but it was a bit to short for my personal taste. It was really cool to see Kubrick interacting with Nicholson, Lloyd and Duvall behind the scenes. I just wish that the film was longer and maybe a bit more of an in depth look at how this classic film was made.