It's quite refreshing to watch the making of The Shining (directed by Vivian Kubrick, his daughter). In contrast to the mythicism that surrounds it, Kubrick comes across as a very normal guy. A director focused on his film, yes, but not a meglomaniac. Not by a long shot. In fact, everyone on set is relatively normal- even the actors, surprisingly. Jack Nicholson doesn't swagger around set in character. He waits till just before the camera turns over to warm himself up- in one example, by jumping up and down with his axe and telling himself 'ok, you're an axe murderer'.
That everything is so casual and normal almost makes it doubly impressive that his films ended up being such controlled masterpieces.
As for the rumours of manipulation on 'Eyes Wide Shut', perhaps these too are misinformed. Or perhaps he just became a bastard in old age. A genius bastard.
Ps. - Danny Loyd (the kid in the film) was last spotted as a science teacher. How weird would it be to be taught by him?