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.
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?