In Room 237 we hear from a history professor, an ABC news correspondent, a playwrite and others who have gone through Kubrick’s film with a fine tooth comb and discovered profound meanings and symbolism in details like the pattern on a carpet or the placement of a prop. You may be skeptical about this kind of film interpretation, but I assure you, the theories we learn about in Room 237 will blow your mind.
One interviewee believes the film is a metaphor for the genocite of native americans, another sees it as Stanley Kubrick’s confession to faking the Apollo 11 moon landing. And another has discovered ideas buried in the film that only reveal themselves when you watch the movie backwards and forwards at the same time.
Turns out there’s dozens of theories about the real meaning of The Shining, but Room 237 looks at five of the most compelling, walking us through each theory using only audio from Rodney’s interviews and footage from Kubrick’s films.
Right now, Room 237 is just finishing up the festival circuit and slated for release in early 2013. When I spoke with Rodney last week we talked about the theories featured in Room 237 and how digital culture has changed the way fans watch and obsess over movies. Rodey also tells us about the first time that he saw the shining.
Many of the people featured in Room 237 have thoroughly documented their theories about The Shining online. Here’s where you can learn more about their theories:
On John Fell Ryan’s website you can watch The Shining forward and backward simultaneously, along with supercuts and other visual analysis of the film.
Jay Weidner has made several films about the secret meanings hidden in Kubrick films. His website is worth a look.
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