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COME TOGETHER ⎔ SOMETHING ⎔ MAXWELL’S SILVER HAMMER ⎔ OH! DARLING ⎔ OCTOPUS’S GARDEN ⎔ I WANT YOU ⎔ HERE COMES THE SUN ⎔ BECAUSE ⎔ YOU NEVER GIVE ME YOUR MONEY ⎔ SUN KING ⎔ MEAN MR. MUSTARD ⎔ POLYTHENE PAM ⎔ SHE CAME IN THROUGH THE BATHROOM WINDOW ⎔ GOLDEN SLUMBERS ⎔ CARRY THAT WEIGHT ⎔ THE END
ROUND ONE START ⎔ ROUND TWO START ⎔ SPECIAL: STORY ROOM
- On “Here comes the sun” we get REDRUM Tony/Danny heading for the lipstick; round 2 is the anonymous perspective heading for room 237 (with the sun-like orb in the ceiling); round 1 is Danny coming into the kitchen with Wendy and Hallorann.
- Here, there’s the MONARCH ski poster, with what might be the sun behind a skier (and what might look to some like a sparkling knife in the hand of a madman/minotaur). Just a moment ago (as you can see in the above image), Danny was holding his large knife in the same position as the major light source in Suite 3.
- “It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter” – There’s a picture above Danny’s head of a lone cabin isolated in a vast snowy landscape, and it overlays with the ski posters above backward Danny’s head, including the Broadmoor ski poster right next to the dartboard. The games room is also generally bedecked with ski posters, and photos of wintry mountains.
- Also, the yellow in the Colorado state flag represents sunlight, while the white represents their abundant snow-capped mountains.
- Right after we heard “Here comes the sun/And I say/It’s all right” we cut to this shot of the gang walking backward past the portrait of Tatânga Mânî. The Norse moon goddess was named Máni, so I wonder if Mânî was partly being invoked here for his “moon” symbolism. While he’s on screen, there’s no singing about coming suns.
- “It feels like years since it’s been here” – Recalling my bit from not long ago about the darts maybe symbolizing years: here’s those three darts being thrown to this lyric. Coincidence???
- Also, that Gene Hoffman-looking poster, on the right, if that’s what it is, could be invoking the 1976 Denver winter olympics, which Hoffman did some of the promos for. 76 was three years before 79. The year of Danny’s broken arm.
- “Sun, sun, sun, here he comes” – Backward Jack saying “My son has discovered the games room”. Round 2 backward Jack starting to say “I never laid a hand on him, goddammit.” Round 1 Wendy quizzing Hallorann about how he knew Danny’s secret name.
- Also, if the MONARCH poster from before is an intentional reference to someone coming with a sharp object to kill someone. It’s apt that this song connects that moment to Jack’s coming with the axe. On the flip side, I Want You (She’s So Heavy) connects the two instances.
- Also, Jack’s thrown down the Playgirl which contains the article on “Incest: Why Parents Sleep With Their Children”
- Also, there’s that strange, obscure elephant/tentacle beast portrait in the kiosk, which, if it’s also meant as a reference to Ganesha on some level, could work as a reference to the sun, since Ganesha is associated with the sun in the Om mantra.
- “I feel that ice is slowly melting/It seems like years since it’s been clear” – Backward Watson/Harrison is exiting the song on this line. This means that Watson was on screen for three of the six Harrison-composed iterations in the film.
- Also, “slowly melting” occurs while Jack is still on-screen, and the image on the back of the Playgirl seems to be one of a cabin in the woods, unencumbered by snow and ice, despite it seeming late in the year.
- And on the subject of art, there’s four paintings along the south wall of the lobby–Stormy Weather, Winter Landscape, The Solemn Land, and The Log Hut on the St. Maurice–and the first and third are non-snowy, Ontarian locales, while the second and fourth are snowy, Québecois locales. In fact, in Winter Landscape, one of the more visible paintings in this scene, there’s even the sense that this family could break through the ice their sleigh is atop.
- Also, Wendy is struggling with the snowed-in window on this line, which is pretty fitting.
- Also, there seems to be another “years” connection in the fact that the ladder beside Ullman and Watson here has nine rungs, and how they’re crossing the spot where Hallorann’s corpse will later lay. Hallorann being the first Overlook murder in nine years.
- “Here comes the sun” – As promised, each of the Here Comes the Sun iterations has one moment where a globe of light hangs over the action, at the middle-top of the image. In round 1 it was the deep freeze light above Hallorann, Wendy and Danny. In round 2 it was the 237 bathroom light above the ghost and Jack. And here it’s an exterior light of the Overlook’s, appearing first in this overlay, at the very peak of this mystical, unmanned ladder (note the way it lines up perfectly with the gable in the overlay), which serves no obvious purpose, but to be out of the way, it seems. So if all the film’s ladders are Jacob’s ladder references, this light, and the sun it symbolizes might just be deities. Note too that all the “sun-lights” appear in the forward action in these moments, and that they’re all artificial lights of the hotel (deadlights?). Perhaps this is a comment on the evil nature of these deities. The first one overlooks a bunch of dead meat, the second one overlooks the 237 ghost, and the third overlooks (the Overlook) Wendy getting stuck in the window, and being unable to run with Danny and to possibly encounter Hallorann and get away unscathed. These lights look down on the dead, and that includes the hotel.
- But it also includes Jack, and for the millionth time, that didrachm symbol on the floor invokes the minotaur (not to mention the distant model labyrinth that it’s directly beneath in this shot), and the minotaur has a certain connotation to the sun, in that Icarus and Daedalus escape the labyrinth by building the wax wings that melt when Icarus flies to close to the sun.
- “Here comes the sun” – The road that the Torrances take to the Overlook is, in reality, called Going-to-the-Sun road. So it’s neat how our second last sequence on this road starts on Here Comes the Sun, and ends on Because. Recall that these are the “sun” and “moon” songs that comes between side one of Abbey Road and the final medley that explains the band’s demise.
- “It’s alright!” – The last lyric in the song ends two seconds before backward Jack says, “See? It’s okay. He saw it on the television.”
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