The Shining is a film beloved by film scholars and horror enthusiasts across the board. It is among the most studied, picked-apart films of all time, and deservedly so. The classic is filled with moments, shots, and scenes wholly worthy of meticulous dissection. And one of those scenes is the famous Room scene, the one with the lady in the bathtub.
Interview with ‘The Shining’s’ Lia Beldam – Dennis Villelmi
THE SHINING () analysis by Rob Ager
Massey from Room as our guest for the moment. Lia Beldam: You are most welcome and of course you must call me Lia. LB: I was working as a photographic model in London. I worked in commercials, fashion and beauty. In my portfolio, at the back there was a section of nude beauty adverts, this changed their minds and they offered me the part of the woman in the bath! DV: Had you already been acquainted with the original Stephen King novel of the same title? When I started working for the film I kept saying to myself, I have no idea of the story I am in!
You may not know the name Lia Beldam, but you will know her by her work. After the film, Lia never got into acting full-time as she was already modeling. Media Mikes had a chance to track down Lia and ask her a few questions about the film and reflecting on her role. Lia Beldam: I was a model.
It is a dream sequence that reveals the fundamental subconscious trauma that is the root of all his psychic visions. But to understand room in detail we first need to pay close attention to a different scene — one that is normally disregarded as uninteresting. In the lobby Danny asks his mother if he can go get his fire engine from his bedroom. His Mother makes him promise not to wake Jack up, but when Danny enters the apartment he finds Jack sat on the bed, looking tired and miserable. Jack gestures for Danny to sit on his knee and Danny approaches with a look of hesitant obedience.