Room 237

Room 237

A film by Rodney Ascher
Starring Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns

The wry and provocative Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with Shining cultists and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick’s still-controversial classic.

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.

One of the great movies about movies. —Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

 

Technical Information

Production Year
2012
Country of Production
USA
Language
English
Running Time
102 mins

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