'Room 237' Screens in Miami

April 22, 2013 | by —LIANA LOZADA
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Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick 

Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film masterpiece The Shining left a generation of moviegoers transfixed by its symbolic imagery—not to mention reluctant to step inside a hotel. Fresh out of the Cannes, Sundance, and Toronto film festivals, Rodney Ascher’s stirring documentary, Room 237, explores five thematic conspiracy theories about the film's hidden meanings. Premiering tonight at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, the film will remain on view through this Friday, April 26. Weaving together perspectives from journalists, fans, historians, and film scholars, the Room 237 seeks to answer The Shining's lingering questions. Was Kubrick's imagery an analogy for the Holocaust? Was he trying to recognize the Native American plight? Did the film address rumors that he had shot and produced NASA's man-on-the-moon footage? The mysteries of The Shining may be as dizzying as the Overlook hotel's hedge maze, but Room 237's supportive arguments will certainly give cineastes something to ponder. 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

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