Premiere - A true classic that lives up to the hype. The Shining is Nicholson's most iconic and fun role, this is the greatest performance of his career. He's devious, funny, and inspirational. In short, you actually care about the guy. Director Milos Forman paints a bleak but strangely uplifting portrait of the mid-70s, which was a very confusing time in American history, not unlike where we are now.