Thursday, April 25, 2013

Forward and Backward: The Shining at Belcourt / truocleB ta gninihS ehT

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 1:50 PM

In this week's Scene, Craig D. Lindsey writes about one of the year's biggest cinematic conversation items: Rodney Ascher's unique film essay Room 237, in which five obsessive viewers of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film version of Stephen King's The Shining spin elaborate theories about the movie's secret meaning — something people have done ever since the film's release. One says it's a parable of American Indian genocide, another a treatise on the Holocaust; still another reads it as Kubrick's veiled confession that he helped NASA fake the moon landing. In each case, Ascher returns to the text of the movie to illustrate their arguments.

The theories extend to how the perfectionist director wanted the movie to be seen — giving rise to the meme that Kubrick designed the film to overlap in striking ways if it were played backward and forward at the same time superimposed. (No word whether you're supposed to simultaneously cue up The Dark Side of the Moon.) To test the theory, The Belcourt will show "The Shining/gninihS ehT" that way in its 1925 hall this Friday and Saturday at midnight after Room 237, with Kubrick's film playing forward only next door in the 1966 auditorium.

Now, about that helicopter shadow ...

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