Monday, January 30, 2012

I mean, a top hat would just be bizarre

From last Wednesday's New York Times, here's a piece on the new documentary Room 237, which just premiered at Sundance. The film is about the supposed plethora of "symbols and connections" visible within Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, the coded clues auguring secret meanings decipherable to the "subculture of Kubrick fans ... many of whom have posted their theories online accompanied by maps, videos, and pages-long explications pleading their cases."
“Room 237,” the first full-length documentary by the director Rodney Ascher, examines several of the most intriguing of these theories. It’s really about the Holocaust, one interviewee says, and Mr. Kubrick’s inability to address the horrors of the Final Solution on film. No, it’s about a different genocide, that of American Indians, another says, pointing to all the tribal-theme items adorning the Overlook Hotel’s walls. A third claims it’s really Kubrick’s veiled confession that he helped NASA fake the Apollo Moon landings
Uh huh. And yet I confess to being intrigued.

And I got my biggest chuckle of the day by a line at the bottom of the article, an editorial correction that sets the record straight:
An earlier version of this article incorrectly described imagery from "The Shining." The gentleman seen with the weird guy in the bear suit is wearing a tuxedo, but not a top hat.
 Glad that's cleared up.

Andrew Sullivan posts some further reader corrections and follow-ups.