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Room 237 [DVD]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Filmmaker Rodney Ascher examines the many conspiracy theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick's controversial 1980 horror classic THE SHINING by speaking with fans of the film, and scholars who claim the director had a hidden agenda in adapting Stephen King's bestselling novel to the big screen. In-depth conversations with Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan, and Jay Weidner (KUBRICK'S ODYSSEY) reveal a wide spectrum of theories pertaining to Kubrick's film, including speculation that it was a cinematic allegory for the slaughter of Native Americans, the Holocaust, or perhaps a cleverly-constructed confession that he was in fact the filmmaker responsible for faking the 1969 moon landing that placed the U.S. at the cutting-edge of the international space race against the former Soviet Union.
  • Critic Reviews
    "[A] fanatical, sometimes hilarious analysis and deconstruction of hidden meanings to be found in [THE SHINING]..."
    Hollywood Reporter

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Ascher has combined an affectionate parody of obsession with a tribute to the ambiguities of Stanley Kubrick's hotel horror."
    Total Film

    "[A]t once a fascinating exercise and another selection of paths through a major cinema labyrinth."
    Sight and Sound

    "[An] intriguing documentary....Each of these individuals feels, with unnerving passion, that they have discovered secrets in THE SHINING that not another living soul has seen."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Rodney Aschers haunting, absorbing essay-film ROOM 237 lets a handful of hardcore Kubrick-philes spin some of their theories about what they think The Shining is really about."
    A.V. Club

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Ascher's unique and unforgettable film is a tribute to movie love."
    Rolling Stone

    5 stars out of 5 -- "A celebration of Kubrick, THE SHINING and the thrill of watching, analyzing and loving film."

    "An ode to movie love at its most deliriously unfettered, ROOM 237 is a nonfiction look at some very serious film fans who take THE SHINING, Stanley Kubricks 1980 masterpiece, very, very seriously."
    New York Times

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