Documentary Film: Room 237
06/09/2013, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
$8 / $6 Brooks members and students with valid i.d., free with VIP Film Pass map
Kubrick’s The Shining is put under the microscope by fans of the 1980
Stephen King adaptation, who connect the film with theories about the genocide
of Native Americans, the Holocaust, and the Apollo 13 moon landing. Carefully examining The Shining inside out, and forwards and
backwards, Room 237 is equal parts
captivating, provocative and pure pleasure. It gives voice to the fans and
scholars who espouse these theories, reworking the film to match their ideas
and intercutting it with layers of dreamlike imagery to illustrate their
streams of consciousness. Sometimes outrageous, always engaging, the words of
the interviewees are given full force by Ascher's compelling vision.
Memphis’ own John
Beifuss, film critic for The Commercial
Appeal, lauds Room 237 as “something of a push into madness, as clever critical
deconstructions are superseded by readings as twisted as the
corridors of the Overlook Hotel and as convoluted as the hedge maze in which
the ax-wielding Jack Nicholson stalked his psychic screen son, played by Danny
Room 237 is rated PG-13.
Rodney Ascher | U.S.A. | 2012 | 102 minutes
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