Room 237

Rodney Ascher


The Invasion of the Body Snatchers is largely seen as an allegory on McCarthyism, Matrix is replete with Christian symbolism, while Godzilla can only be an evocation of the ravages of the atomic bomb.
But one film more than any other, has generated analyses, interpretations and arguments about it really meaning: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
Room 237 explores numerous these theories about the true if often hidden meanings of Kubrick’s 1980 ‘Masterpiece of Modern Horror’. Born out of countless conversations with producer Tim Kirk, Rodney Ascher’s film gives voice to the thoughts of five thoroughly obsessed Shining devotees.

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2012

First movie
Full-length film, 1h44



Rodney Ascher

Rodney Ascher’s films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, The George Eastman House, San Francisco’s Other Cinema and under the Brooklyn Bridge. His previous and much shorter documentary The S From Hell told the story of the world’s most terrifying corporate logo and in his most recent music video he killed Matt & Kim, Soulja Boy, and Andrew W.K. He lives in Los Angeles with his family and their cat.

portrait Rodney Ascher
  Rodney Ascher
Room 237

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anglais / english


Rodney Ascher


Ian Herzon


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Jonathan Snipes, William Hutson

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