A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they'll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out.Written by
Late comment. In Room 237, Danny is pictured as going on second from first floor, with editing, on his second Big Wheel stroll. In The Shining. The stroll starts on the second floor, right after Wendy watches the weather in the kitchen. See more »
One of the theorists claims that Room 237 is a reference to the mean distance from the Moon to the Earth: 237,000 miles. However, the actual distance is 238,856 miles. See more »
This is quite the film. If you, too, are fascinated with the Shining, and you want to hear extreme fans talk about their extreme fan theories, this is the movie for you. It's important to note that this film never claims to be the definitive interpretation of the Shining, but rather observations and personal interpretations.
Some of my favorite observations include: The Shining is about the story of the Minotaur; The Shining is the foil of 2001: a Space Odyssey; and Kubrick was confessing he was involved in faking the moon landing footage. This final claim was backed up by the idea that the room number, 237, was chosen because the moon is 237,000 miles from the Earth (even though the real value is closer to 239,000). In the door to Room 237, there is a key that has a little flap with the words Room No. 237. The commentator stated that the only words that could be made using those same letters are Moon and Room, indicating a confession that Kubrick was involved in faking the footage. I suppose the commentator forgot the words or, on, moo, nor, mono, norm, morn, moor, or moron.
So, take this film with a grain of salt (or several). If you're looking for "The Shining: explained," you're going to be woefully disappointed. If you're looking for a couple of fan theories that will tickle your brain and that you can kind of chuckle at, or if you're looking to make fun of fan obsession, there's something in this film for you. If you really want to learn more about The Shining, you can look up information on Youtube, or watch the film again and analyze it yourself!
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