Thanks to DVD and the internet, The Shining—first released in 1980, ballyhooed as Stanley Kubrick’s stab at the ultimate horror film—has become the subject of elaborate exegeses which are themselves the subject of Rodney Ascher’s documentary feature. Was Kubrick making a movie about genocide, the moon landing, Greek mythology, the Freudian uncanny, or just amusing himself a la Finnegans Wake? However reasonable or outlandish, the various theories do inspire a desire to see The Shining again.
Playing in theaters around the country, starting on March 29. A complete list of theaters is available on the film's website.
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
144 West 65th St.,
New York, NY