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
Stephen King - never a fan of Kubrick's film adaptation of his novel "The Shining" - started watching this documentary only to give up halfway through as he felt that the filmmakers were reaching for things that simply weren't there. See more »
In one of the trailers, a card is shown: "Neither this film, nor any view or opinion expressed in it, nor the context in which film footage and images are used, is approved or endorsed by, or is in any way associated with, the Kubrick 1981 Trust, Stanely Kubrick's family, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., or anyone else connected with the making of the motion picture The Shining ('The Shining Filmmakers'). The views and opinions expressed in this documentary film are solely those of the commentators in it and do not reflect the views of Stanley Kubrick or The Shining Filmmakers." Stanley Kubrick's name is misspelled in the first sentence (assuming it is not deliberate). See more »
The theories presented range from a confession of filming the 'faked' moon landing, hidden analogies representing World War II and even the genocide of the American Indians. These messages are seen in various sources, from the posters /paintings on walls, the numbers used in the film, the props in each scene to the broken continuity between shots. We never see the interviewees, preventing us from identifying or personalising these stories, instead the focus is on the footage and the alleged proofs.
Although some interesting points are made it is hard to take every connection seriously. It is possible to see these embedded messages especially if you are connecting them to recent historical influences, but historical context can be read in all movies if you are looking for it.
The most interesting part of this film is the way in which people interact, relate, and interpret, as they make connections through the placement of objects, colours and settings. If I had watched The Shining over 50 times, would I too create 'hidden' meanings and discover underlying messages? We know Kubrick was a creative master in the field, but could exploring The Shining in such detail ruin the very mystery he was striving to achieve?
Over 30 years later Kubrick and they are still searching...job done.
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