Saturday, March 23, 2013

Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (both fowards and backwards) & Rodney Ascher's
new documentary "Room 237" at SIFF Cinema: April 5 - 11

Not only is Stanley Kubrick's (superior) adaptation of Steven King's "The Shining" back in theaters in a new print (and yes, in 1980 I was among the generation of children that had it absolutely wreck my 9 year old head, thank you). But smartly timed with the documentary of all things theory, conspiracy, insights and speculation on it's potentially coded symbolism, imagery and synchronicity spelling out everything from the Holocaust, to the slaughter of American Indians and the claim that the film is a kind of apology by Kubrick for the putative role he played in helping to 'fake' the Apollo 11 lunar landing. (Yep, you read that right). Rodney Ascher's "Room 237" screens at SIFF for one week back-to-back with the film itself. There's more. For the true dedicated Kubrick-o-phile, here's your one chance to see some of this film's layered mystery revealed, in the single screening of "The Shining" forwards and backwards. And in honor of IFC's distribution of all the coded meaning reexamined and the metaphorical can of worms growing in Room 237 of the Timberline Lodge being re-opened, the New York Times featured this fun, insightful, debunking piece, in interview with Kubrick's assistant Leon Vitali on the shooting of the film.
"It’s Back. But What Does It Mean?".