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room 2372012

Genre: Documentary

Directed by: Rodney Ascher

Starring: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns

A group of enthusiasts for the movie The Shining decode the seminal classic and suggest some pretty far out theories about the film. For instance, a German typewriter and lots of empty suitcases (among other things) symbolise the Holocaust, whilst pictures of Native Americans, and other native symbols, symbolise the slaughter of these indigenous people at the hands of colonials. In these scenarios Shelley Duvall and her son would represent helpless Jewish victims, or Native Americans respectively. Also, because the little boy is wearing an Apollo rocket jumper it’s major proof that Stanley Kubrick helped fake the Apollo moon landing (naturally).

Needless to say most of this stuff was spurious at best. I was really peeved by this film, because the advertising suggested that I was going to see something provocative and captivating. I was at least expecting to learn a little something about Stanley Kubrick’s mind through a close look at his motifs and his use of mise-en-scene. This approach worked sometimes and raised a few titters on a couple of occasions (one guy said something along the lines “I have a young son, I am moving to a remote location, my life is becoming like The Shining!”). But generally most of the voice-overs were dull and mind numbingly incoherent, and they injected no life into this documentary.

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