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Room 237 -- A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining.
Room 237 -- A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining.
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26 October 2012 (Ireland) See more »
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Some movies stay with you forever...and ever...and ever.
Plot:
An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980). Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Engagingly empty See more (97 total) »

Cast

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Bill Blakemore ... Himself
Geoffrey Cocks ... Himself
Juli Kearns ... Herself
John Fell Ryan ... Himself
Jay Weidner ... Himself
Stephen Brophy ... Cast
Ash Brophy ... Csst
Buddy Black ... Cast
Buffy Visick ... Cast
Sam Walton ... Cast (as Samuel Walton)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Scatman Crothers ... Dick Hallorann (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tom Cruise ... Dr. William Harford (archive footage) (uncredited)

Barry Dennen ... Bill Watson (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kirk Douglas ... Spartacus (archive footage) (uncredited)

Keir Dullea ... Dr. Dave Bowman (archive footage) (uncredited)

Shelley Duvall ... Wendy Torrance (archive footage) (uncredited)
Christoph Eichhorn ... Hans Castorp (archive footage) (uncredited)

Thomas Gibson ... Carl (archive footage) (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Emil Jannings ... Mephisto (archive footage) (uncredited)

Nicole Kidman ... Alice Harford (archive footage) (uncredited)

Stephen King ... Jordy Verrill (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ben Kingsley ... Itzhak Stern (archive footage) (uncredited)

Stanley Kubrick ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Danny Lloyd ... Danny Torrance (archive footage) (uncredited)
Patrick Magee ... Mr. Alexander (archive footage) (uncredited)

James Mason ... Prof. Humbert Humbert (archive footage) (uncredited)

Roddy McDowall ... Benjamin Franklin Fischer (archive footage) (uncredited)

Malcolm McDowell ... Alex (archive footage) (uncredited)

Liam Neeson ... Oskar Schindler (archive footage) (uncredited)

Barry Nelson ... Stuart Ullman (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jack Nicholson ... Jack Torrance (archive footage) (uncredited)

Pope John Paul II ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Potter ... Encolpio (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alexander Radszun ... Joachim Ziemßen (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert Redford ... Bob Woodward (archive footage) (uncredited)

Clive Revill ... Dr. Barrett (archive footage) (uncredited)

Peter Sellers ... Clare Quilty (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Philip Stone ... Delbert Grady (archive footage) (uncredited)

Joe Turkel ... Lloyd the Bartender (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Rodney Ascher 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rodney Ascher  written by (uncredited)

Produced by
P. David Ebersole .... executive producer
Andrew Herwitz .... associate producer
Todd Hughes .... executive producer
Tim Kirk .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Hutson 
Jonathan Snipes 
 
Film Editing by
Rodney Ascher (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gregory J. Harris .... unit director: Costa Rica
 
Art Department
Rodney Ascher .... graphics
Juli Kearns .... designer: maps
Scott Kinsey .... graphics
Daniele Volpe .... graphics
Austin Wallender .... graphics
 
Sound Department
Ian Herzon .... sound designer
Ian Herzon .... sound re-recording mixer
Joseph Tsai .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Louisa Van Leer .... designer and builder: miniature
 
Visual Effects by
Rodney Ascher .... visual effects artist
Doug Anthony Jones .... vhs technician (as Doug Jones)
Scott Kinsey .... visual effects artist
Daniele Volpe .... visual effects artist
Austin Wallender .... visual effects artist
Rif Dagher .... visual effects supervisor: cgfluids inc (uncredited)
Igor Zanic .... naiad technical director: CGFluids Inc (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Boswell .... camera operator: Brooklyn
Brian Kallies .... camera operator: Chicago
 
Animation Department
Rodney Ascher .... animator
Scott Kinsey .... animator
Carlos Ramos .... designer: animation sequence
Daniele Volpe .... animator
Austin Wallender .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Darius Fisher .... post-production consultant
Robert Tezai .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Cristina Bercovitz .... musician: voice
Maryclare Brzytha .... musician: flute
William Hutson .... musician: synthesizers and percussion
Bear McCreary .... musician: clavinet
Nick Murray .... musician: drums and percussion
David Rothbaum .... musician: guitars and bass
Jonathan Snipes .... musician: synthesizers, voice and percussion
 
Other crew
Michelle Chang .... distribution legal services: Law Offices of Elsa Ramo
Dean R. Cheley .... legal counsel
Dean R. Cheley .... legal services: Law Offices of Donaldson & Califf (as Dean Cheley)
Michael Donaldson .... legal services: Law Offices of Donaldson & Califf
Catherine Owens .... post-production script supervisor (as Cathy Owens)
Elsa Ramo .... distribution legal services: Law Offices of Elsa Ramo
Diana E. Williams .... advisor (as Diana Williams)
 
Thanks
Xavier Collin .... thanks
Elijah Drenner .... thanks
Darius Fisher .... thanks
Dan Snow .... thanks
 

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Trivia:
Leon Vitali, former assistant to Stanley Kubrick, dismissed the theories in this film as "gibberish," saying they are entirely without merit.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Bill Blakemore mistakenly attributes a literary quotation. "History is a nightmare from which I'm trying to awake" is from James Joyce's Ulysses, not from anything by T. S. Eliot.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Satyricon (1969)See more »
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Intro and DiesSee more »

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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Engagingly empty, 13 July 2013
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

There is a lot of anger about this film on this page and, while I was considering whether to watch it or not, it was this passionate hate that made me interested to see it myself. It isn't across the board though, but whenever someone dislikes this film they seem to really dislike it. The problem seems to be that it appears to be a documentary about The Shining but it really isn't any such thing – but to watch it as one must be frustrating because you sit to watch that and have to listen to loopy theories about the film presented as (in your head) facts. I didn't have this approach because I had heard it was all about the theories rather than the film and as such I found it quite fascinating even if it is a little too long.

The whole film is people talking over clips from the film or other clips illustrating their point; the theories range from the film being about the Holocaust through to the Native Americans through to the Kubrick making it about his own involvement in faking the moon landings. It is all pretty nutty in terms of what it says, but it works because the contributors believe it and they speak with such passion and enthusiasm about their specific interpretations that it is hard not to get drawn in. There are plenty of moments where you find yourself starting to listen rather than mock – so specific things that are in the film that are attributed to meaning something and I started to wonder "well, why is that thing there – it was chosen to be in this shot or be worn by this character, so what was that decision taken for". Of course there are plenty of bits that do the opposite and are pretty laughable but generally I found myself quite drawn in by it. The length works against this in some ways because it does stretch things out more than it can bear but it was still engaging to me.

Part of the interest for me was seeing how it is possible to really find meaning in anything if you apply yourself. I was never a fan of school lessons where we had to tear works apart looking at each detail and talking about what it could possibly mean, rather than just enjoying the whole for what it does, and this is what happens here. The hunt for meaning and for symbols rewards those that are doing it, but ultimately they all have their point if their theory is true. The extent of their criticial analysis of each frame and second of the film is intense and it did make me wonder why they did it and whether they are still able to see the film for the great piece of entertainment that it is?

Room 237 is too long and lacks a clear point – it would have benefited from something topping and tailing it, but as it is I still found it engaging thanks to the passion and detail in the delivery; it doesn't mock these people it just gives them a platform and leaves the rest to us and them. I found it interesting even if ultimately it is quite empty as a film – ultimately if you dig in every corner looking for your agenda, you'll find enough to back you up – which isn't the same as you being correct. This is the message that I took from it and I found that message to be entertaining, but it is ironic that Room 237 is about lots of people seeking meaning in one film, all while it really doesn't do a good job of presenting its own meaning.

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