The Famous Artworks That Inspired 15 Films


Diane Arbus’ Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967 and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining

Diane Arbus’ photograph of seven-year-old twin sisters Cathleen and Colleen Wade is echoed in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining — the film’s undead Grady twin characters. However, there seems to be some debate about this claim. Reportedly, Kubrick studied under Arbus during his days as a shutterbug for Look magazine in the 1940s — but that was two decades before Arbus’ photograph was taken. Other people, including Kubrick’s widow, Christiane Harlan, say the influence is purely coincidental.