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Room 237

Instrueret af Rodney Ascher
USA, 2012


I Rodney Aschers dokumentar, Room 237, smelter fakta og fiktion sammen for at fortælle historien om ivrige tilhængere, akademikere og konspirationsteoretikere, som er overbevist om, at de har afkodet de hemmelige beskeder i The Shining.

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Room 237 Instrueret af Rodney Ascher
It’s almost impossible to believe that Kubrick would have gone to such lengths to encode his film with such miscellaneous secrets and subtexts (and even less so that he actually produced the film to coordinate reversals and overlays to such a degree), but together it adds further intrigue to a work that already held the ability to awe and unsettle.
September 13, 2013
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Rodney Ascher’s obsessive exploration of a collection of obsessive interpretations of Stanley Kubrick’sThe Shining is full of wit and knowledge, sharply executed and deliriously insightful into the ways we process images and construct meaning in movies. Ascher never makes fun of his entertaining collection of crackpots, but his commitment to them and their analyses is complete. Frame-by-frame, backwards and forwards, the film is deconstructed…
April 09, 2013
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Room 237 adroitly blends several documentary genres. It recalls Cinemania and Ringers in its investigation of fan cultures. But instead of focusing on the personalities and lifestyles of the fans, Ascher concentrates on their readings of the movie. We never see the commentators. In this respect, it evokes the newly emerged genre of video essays as practiced by Kevin B. Lee and Matt Zoller Seitz.
April 07, 2013
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