Room 237

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Room 237

  • 2013
  • Directed By: Rodney Ascher
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Documentary
  • 102 Minutes
  1. Thursday, May 16, 2013 7:00 p.m.
  2. Friday, May 17, 2013 7:00 p.m.
  3. Saturday, May 18, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Promotional image from the film Room 237
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. (2K DCP presentation)