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Room 237

Directed by Rodney Ascher
United States, 2012


Rodney Ascher’s documentary, Room 237, fuses fact and fiction to tell the story of ardent fans, scholars, and conspiracy theorists who are convinced they’ve decoded the secret messages of The Shining.

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Room 237 Directed by Rodney Ascher
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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…What (most of the) narrators have in common is a sort of Talmudic faith in the omniscient intentionality of Kubrick—every continuity error, every prop, is analyzed. We don’t have to share their Kubrick-deism to be fascinated by the documentary. What ROOM 237 is about, ultimately, is the interaction between audience and art.
April 05, 2013
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