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'Room 237' Goes to IFC Midnight; Doc Investigates Theories on Kubrick's 'The Shining'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 23, 2012 at 2:49PM

IFC Midnight has picked up Rodney Ascher's documentary, "Room 237," for North American distribution. The film, which premiered at Sundance, is about theories and controversies surrounding Stanley Kubrick's film "The Shining," based on Stephen King's novel.
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Room 237

IFC Midnight has picked up Rodney Ascher's documentary, "Room 237," for North American distribution.

The film, which premiered at Sundance, is about theories and controversies surrounding Stanley Kubrick's film "The Shining," based on Stephen King's novel. Ascher says: "I'm thrilled that this movie is going to be able to reach a wide audience," adding that he is "very comforted to discover that we're not alone in finding these ideas endlessly fascinating.”

More on the film below, along with the full poster and the trailer for the 1980 Kubrick film:


In 1980 Stanley Kubrick released his classic horror film, THE SHINING. Over 30 years later, viewers are still struggling to understand its hidden meanings. Loved and hated by equal numbers, the film is considered a genre standard by many loyalists, while other viewers dismiss it as the lazy result of a legendary director working far below his talent level. In between these two poles, however, live the theories of ardent fans who are convinced they have decoded THE SHINING’s secret messages regarding genocide, government conspiracy, and the nightmare that we call history. Ascher’s ROOM 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with the fans and scholars who espouse these theories. Ideas of five devotees of the film with wildly different ideas about its true meaning arebraided together in a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of the horror classic.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.