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Is Room 237 gibberish? Stanley Kubrick's assistant thinks so

Mar. 28, 2013by: Eric Walkuski

ROOM 237 is a fascinating documentary focusing on several different theories regarding Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING. (Read our positive review right HERE.) Some are more believable than others (is the movie a metaphor for Kubrick's supposed involvement in faking the Apollo moon landing?!), but they're all quite intriguing. If nothing else, ROOM 237 will forever change the way you look at THE SHINING; you'll find yourself peering closely at every frame, trying to decipher hidden meanings and messages that may or may not be there. It's wild.

Unsurprisingly, there's someone out there calling the whole thing "balderdash" - Kubrick's assistant on the film, Leon Vitali. The man was contacted by the New York Times recently and asked for his take on the documentary..

I was falling about laughing most of the time. There are ideas espoused in the movie that I know to be total balderdash.

Indeed, some of the theories are a bit on the bizarre side (it's really about the Holocaust!), but the cases are stated so convincingly that you're sucked into each new take on the film. But Vitali isn't buying any of it.

[Kubrick] didnt tell an audience what to think or how to think, and if everyone came out thinking something differently that was fine with him. That said, Im certain that he wouldnt have wanted to listen to about 70, or maybe 80 percent of Room 237." Because it's pure gibberish."

Could be, but it's still thought-provoking gibberish. ROOM 237 opens tomorrow in New York and rolls out across the country in April. To find out where you can see it, head over HERE.

Extra Tidbit: Are you planning on checking into ROOM 237?
Source: NY Times

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11:49AM on 03/29/2013
I haven't seen Room 237 yet but am chomping at the bit. I just wonder why Vitali seems to be treating the movie as if it is INSISTING that these theories are true cannon that we MUST consider and Kubrick would therefore turn his nose at, or is R237 simply an account of all the wild ideas people have about the movie and all the fun that Kubrick fans have in creating their own conculsions? His comments seem to lean toward him thinking people believing in these ideas is the stone-cold troof.
I haven't seen Room 237 yet but am chomping at the bit. I just wonder why Vitali seems to be treating the movie as if it is INSISTING that these theories are true cannon that we MUST consider and Kubrick would therefore turn his nose at, or is R237 simply an account of all the wild ideas people have about the movie and all the fun that Kubrick fans have in creating their own conculsions? His comments seem to lean toward him thinking people believing in these ideas is the stone-cold troof.
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2:26PM on 03/28/2013
LOL. This makes no sense. Essentially, what he is saying is "Kubrick creates movies where you can add/find your own meaning except these people. These people are crazy."
LOL. This makes no sense. Essentially, what he is saying is "Kubrick creates movies where you can add/find your own meaning except these people. These people are crazy."
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