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What is the relevance of the word "Shutter" in the movie title "Shutter Island"? How does it connect to the movie?

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It is nothing more than just the name of the island where the story takes place - Shutter Island (in Boston harbour). The island is fictional; Dennis Lehane (the author of the Shutter Island novel, on which the film is based) was inspired by the hospital and grounds on Long Island in Boston Harbor.

  • I suppose it sounds both plausible and ominous, but without any means of reading Lehane's mind, I expect that this is the most solid answer one can give. – Stephen Francis Jul 26 '18 at 9:56
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    Shutter is a noun that has two popular meaning. A hinged panel to shut something closed. The shutter of a camera, which fundamentally is the same as it keeps something closed (the lens). I'm trying to understand if this noun was picked over say Ashecliffe Island. Was it even Shutter Island otherwise or was it only as part of the fantasy created for Andrew Laeddis? – MovieMe Jul 26 '18 at 13:10
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    Shutter is also a verb meaning "to close." – Meat Trademark Jul 26 '18 at 21:57
  • @MovieMe That is interesting because HBO *was developing a Shutter Island prequel series from Scorsese (and probably Lehane, since he had also just worked as a consultant on Boardwalk Empire, which season 5's Gillian ark seems rather Shutter Island-ish IMO) tentatively titled Ashcliffe. I think the project is probably dead now, but here is a link: vanityfair.com/hollywood/2014/08/… – Darth Locke Jul 27 '18 at 0:01
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    I also think it could be a pun or double entendre with the words Shutter (to close off windows, which can also be a metaphor for Teddy's condition) and Shudder (he shuddered at the thought) as the wind can be used as a haunting element of nature and Shutter Island does feature some epic storms, let alone, as I mentioned, Teddy's condition. – Darth Locke Jul 27 '18 at 0:06

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