The Shining is a masterpiece of filmmaking. But what about all of its symbolism and hidden meanings? Was Stanley Kubrick trying to tell us something subliminally?
In Room 237, Rodney Ascher interviews several people obsessed with The Shining and lets them explain their theories about what the film really represents. At no point does he agree or disagree, he just leaves it up to the audience to the decide.
Even more than a documentary about The Shining, it is a documentary about how we watch films and how great works of pop art can stick with us and make us see things.
[Update: the film was pulled off YouTube so here’s the trailer.]
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