USA, 2012, 104 Minute Running Time
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary
Program: True Stories
127: That’s how many takes Stanley Kubrick required of Shelley Duvall for one scene in his 1980 horror classic, The Shining. What infinitesimal nuances could justify such extremes? If ever the movies produced a perfectionist, surely Stanley Kubrick was that man.
But what was he up to? Reviewers at the time were mostly baffled. Yet for a coterie of fans this remains the director’s most compelling masterpiece, an endlessly fascinating enigma that reveals its secrets only under the closest scrutiny. Rodney Ascher’s brilliant documentary immerses us in Kubrick’s images and weaves an illuminating web of ideas and theories from five of these devotees – armchair critics whose fanatical attention produces unexpected revelations. Could the film really be about the genocide of the American Indian…? Or the Holocaust…? Or even a covert confession of Kubrick’s role in faking the moon landing?
By turns funny and unexpectedly insightful, Room 237 puts a great movie under the microscope with a handful of mad geniuses – and becomes itself a film about rationality and the edge of reason, the (im-)possibility of finding meaning. Just like The Shining.
DIRECTOR: Rodney Ascher
Producer: Tim Kirk
Editor: Rodney Ascher
Cinematographer: Rodney Ascher
Music: Jonathan Snipes, William Hutson and The Caretaker
Principal Cast: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan, Jay Weidner
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: IFC Films - www.ifcfilms.com
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