The master's room
Room 237 investigates the aura of a master rather than the ramblings of fanatics.
Wild rumours of underlying messages in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 classic The Shining have been making the rounds for years. Ascher brings together five major fanatics to shed some light on their theories. Greatly detailed throughout, the ramblings range from interesting points on layout and design – which perhaps seem reasonable enough given the director’s infamously meticulous nature – to way-out conspiracies. A large grain of salt may be required but be you skeptic or converted, this a film about the director’s lingering aura, not some crackpot’s unsolved mystery.
Room 237 | Directed by Rodney Ascher (USA 2012), documentary. Starts September 19
Originally published in issue #119, September 2013.