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Room 237 Teaser Trailer

The cult surrounding Kubrick's The Shining is so interesting that director Rodney Ascher and producer Tim Kirkdecided to make a documentary about it. Their film is called Room 237, and they describe it by saying, “Room 237 is a subjective documentary feature which explores numerous theories about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and its hidden meanings. This guided tour through the most compelling attempts to decode this endlessly fascinating film will draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out. Discover why many have been trapped in the Overlook for 30 years.” 

Are you a big Kubrick fan? Does this one sound interesting to you? Well, good news, because while this teaser that’s been put together for the doc doesn’t offer anything up in the way of footage,Room 237 still has stops to make along the festival circuit in towns like Sitges, Chicago, New York, and London, and recently IFC Films picked up the rights to its North American distribution. One way or another, a screening is likely to be coming your way soon. [via /Film]



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The Shining was Kubrick's Holocaust Movie?

Jack Nicholson in The Shining

Interesting article about Kubrick's The Shining over at Tabletmag.com.

From Professor Geoffrey Cocks:

The Shining is the Holocaust film that Kubrick, who grew up in a Jewish Bronx household in the 1930s (his father was born Jacob but Anglicized it to Jack—the name of Jack Nicholson’s deranged protagonist), always wanted to make but felt that, for aesthetic reasons, he could never make except in the most oblique possible manner.

The Times highlights the prevalence of the number 42 in the film—Danny, Jack and Wendy’s son, wears a t-shirt with the number on it; Wendy takes 42 swings of her baseball bat at Jack—and notes that since the early ‘70s, that number was seen as an ominous metonym for the Final Solution, which was launched in 1942. (The number was prominent in the ‘70s also as the answer to Douglas Adams’ question.) But there’s more.

For the rest of their theories, head over to tabletmag.com: Kubrick's Holocaust Film.

Pretty interesting and we'll never know if it's all intentional.  Kubrick never talked about the imagery in his films.


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The Top 5 Wacky Theories About the Shining in the Room 237 Doc

Scenes from "The Shining"

Indywire.com ran an article about some of the theories in the new documentary Room 237, which is currently screening at the Sundance Film Festival.  

The documentary explores the numerous theories about the real meaning of Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining.

Jazzing up a process usually reserved for scholarly pursuits, Ascher combines reasonable interpretations of "The Shining" with hilariously extreme conclusions -- but in every case, the narrator's authority over their own ideas makes even the battiest theories sound credible.

Eric Kohn describes the top 5 most outlandish theories presented in the film.  Read the whole piece here.

I'm definately going to have to watch The Shining again and see this documentary.


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The Premier of Room 237 at the Sundance Film Festival

Rodney Ascher's Room 237 is an experimental documentary that explores the numerous theories about the real meaning of Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining.

"'Room 237' is a subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining. The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they'll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out..."

Here's a link to the official site.

Ryan Daley over at Bloody Disgusting reviewed the doc.  Gave it a score of 8/10.

Many of the ideas presented are preposterous and absurd, but every interview subject has a point or two that’s surprisingly relevant. The film as a whole is insanely thought-provoking. And more importantly, whether it’s discussing subliminal Hitler mustaches or implied erections, Room 237 is consistently entertaining. But this is coming from someone who has seen The Shining more than 20 times. Will a casual fan be as entertained as I was? I’m not so sure.

Since I have seen The Shining many times, I think I'll love this film.  Can't wait to see it.