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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Here Are Some of Stanley Kubrick's Shining Speculations

Posted By on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:25 AM

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By Lydia Laurenson

In 1980, Stanley Kubrick made the legendary horror film The Shining. All these years later, the film continues to inspire speculation -- including plenty of conspiracy theories. Room 237, a new documentary by Rodney Ascher, does its best to explore those theories. All of them.

But what happens when you succeed at exploring all the conspiracy theories around a film that was already about going crazy? Room 237 brings together footage from the Kubrick film with interviews of people who believe things like, for example, that Kubrick made this film to apologize for his role in faking footage of the moon landing. Some of these interviewees have reasonable credentials, like the Albion College professor who's sure that The Shining is about the Holocaust. Ultimately, though, what's more exciting than the individual theories themselves is seeing them all together, and coming face to face with the degree of creativity that great art can itself inspire.

Room 237 screens at 6:30 p.m. and runs through April 25 at the Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F. $10; 863-1087 or

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