In "The Shining", does Jack only write the sentence "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" during the whole movie, or does he actually start with writing a proper book?

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    Can you clarify your question?
    – Joachim
    Dec 4, 2019 at 23:39
  • What is unclear? Entire movie he write on typewriter, then later it turns out that he writes that sentence many times, but i don't know if he really write book before, or only this sentence from beginning of movie
    – gobypin
    Dec 5, 2019 at 0:02
  • I've edited the question. Is this what you mean?
    – Joachim
    Dec 5, 2019 at 0:05

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I assume you ask about Kubrick's "The Shining".

We actually don't know. We see only end result as a sign of madness.

BUT if you look closely at the first scene when see Jack writing anything there is a very, IMHO, important discontinuity.

Wendy approaches Jack, he speaks through his teeth and shred the paper. Then we see a fresh, blank page in the typewriter which can be a clue that Jack didn't write anything but to explain to himself why he haven't he make up in his mind such interactions.

Which is also an explanation for his growing hate toward his wife and child.

Everytime he looks at the empty paper he thinks (maybe the Overlooks suggests) that he had to destroy part of his work because THEY have enraged him.

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