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FDL Movie Night: Room 237

Room 237 is more than an inquiry into the theories surrounding the meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. It’s about our love affair with movies, with film; about our mind’s ability to assign meanings that are as much projections of our own beliefs as they may (or may not be) about the filmmaker’s intentions.

The cinematic pareidolia that flows from Room 237 is astounding. I’ve been fascinated for over a year now with the crazed concept purporting that Kubrick faked the moon landing and his confession of the fraud is woven into The Shining.  This “theory” appears in Room 237, along with allegations that the film is about the Minotaur and the Labyrinth, the genocide of Native Americans, and the Holocaust (because the extermination of Jews in camps began in 1942 and the number 42 keeps appearing, though one could easily call Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy on that one).

Tonight’s guests, Room 237  Executive Producers P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes and Producer Tim Kirk, will help us interpret the interpretations, and take us along a wild (tricycle) ride through the hallways of the Overlook Hotel as we discuss Room 237, the making of the film, and what lies beneath the floorboards and between the frames of Kubrick’s chilling masterpiece.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.