Rodney Ascher’s ‘Room 237’ is a new documentary that attempts to unlock the secret of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’. That is, if there are in fact any. One of the theories in the film covers the possibly hidden subject of the genocide of Native Americans for example. Check it out below..
The film was picked up by IFC Films and will be released under the IFC Midnight Label. The film opens March 29 at the IFC Center and Elinor Bunim Monroe Film Center in New York City, with national dates to follow. It will simultaneously be available on Cable VOD, iTunes and other digital outlets.
After the box office failure of Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick decided to embark on a project that might have more commercial appeal. The Shining, Stephen King’s biggest critical and commercial success yet, seemed like a perfect vehicle. After an arduous production, Kubrick’s film received a wide release in the summer of 1980; the reviews were mixed, but the box office, after a slow start, eventually picked up. End of story? Hardly.
In the 30 years since the film’s release, a considerable cult of Shining devotees has emerged, fans who claim to have decoded the film’s secret messages addressing everything from the genocide of Native Americans to a range of government conspiracies. Rodney Ascher’s wry and provocative Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with cultists and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick’s still-controversial classic.