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Room 237 (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 26 October 2012 (UK)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).

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Rodney Ascher
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Complete credited cast:
Bill Blakemore Bill Blakemore ... Himself
Geoffrey Cocks Geoffrey Cocks ... Himself
Juli Kearns Juli Kearns ... Herself
John Fell Ryan John Fell Ryan ... Himself
Jay Weidner Jay Weidner ... Himself
Stephen Brophy Stephen Brophy ... Cast
Ash Brophy Ash Brophy ... Csst
Buddy Black Buddy Black ... Cast
Buffy Visick Buffy Visick ... Cast
Sam Walton Sam Walton ... Cast (as Samuel Walton)
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A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining (1980). 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. Written by Anonymous

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Some movies stay with you forever...and ever...and ever.

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Official Sites:

Film Sales Corp | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A 237-es szoba See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,693, 31 March 2013

Gross USA:

$296,359

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$367,406
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Highland Park Classics See more »
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Trivia

The film posits 9 different theories about the meaning of Stanley Kubrick's classic horror The Shining (1980). See more »

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In one of the trailers, a card is shown: "Neither this film, nor any view or opinion expressed in it, nor the context in which film footage and images are used, is approved or endorsed by, or is in any way associated with, the Kubrick 1981 Trust, Stanely Kubrick's family, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., or anyone else connected with the making of the motion picture The Shining ('The Shining Filmmakers'). The views and opinions expressed in this documentary film are solely those of the commentators in it and do not reflect the views of Stanley Kubrick or The Shining Filmmakers." Stanley Kubrick's name is misspelled in the first sentence (assuming it is not deliberate). See more »

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Features 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Also Sprach Zarathustra
By Richard Strauss
Performed by 'adische Skaatskapelle
Conducted by 'Kauzshi Ono'
Licensed by C.F. Peters Corporation, New York
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A Documentary for Deniers
20 February 2013 | by jtrascap-1See all my reviews

Just got done watching it. My initial reaction: "Wow. These people are nuts."

Don't get me wrong - this is a fun watch as long as you don't take any of it too seriously. I know the film pretty well, but these "analysts" go out of their way to ignore the obvious in order to drive on to their wacky conclusions.

Thanks to the infinite paranoia pool that we call the Internet, the mythology about The Shining is outstripping the history of the film itself. This is less about the movie but more about people who look for conspiracies in every corner. Faked moon landings? Set geometry? Minotaurs? Absurd, sure, but how different are they from those people that deny birth certificates or imagine black UN helicopters or, most recently, those who say Sandy Hook was faked. These Deniers create their own logic, disallow any reality that doesn't fit and then warp the facts to fit their conclusions. I think this film really does a great job showing these people for what they are - delusional and and self-obsessed.

We can let them be entertaining, but we can never take any of what they say seriously.


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