YAY! OMG! Congratulations to WOW veteren Rodney Ascher, the only American showing at Cannes this year. (Michael Gondry’s The We & The I will also be screening, but technically speaking, Gondry is Canadian-born.) Ascher’s documentary, Room 237 explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. From the 237 website: “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.” CAN’T WAIT TO SEE IT!
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