The tagline of this documentary are: “Some Movies stay with you forever.. and ever.. and ever..”. How true Is that?
In Room 237 we will meet several hardcore fan of Kubrick’s The Shining. Now hardcore is not a term I throw around lightly here. Each of this people have a very profound connection to the film, they are scholars with different backgrounds and all have a certain attachment to the said film. One talk about Indian Genocide, other talk about German holocaust, impossible architecture, fake Apollo 11 Moon landing, etc. All sounds far fetched and some might seem downright insane, but these people are theorizing based on their background and field of practice. Instead of showing the subject of the interview, they exist as disembodied voices narrating their thoughts and theories along with visual from various Stanley Kubrick films as well as other visual aids that put emphasis to the contents of their talk. That’s one creative editing right there :D
Now, the purpose of the documentary is not supposed to make the viewer buy the ideas of the interviewee in the film. I think it mainly showcase how one film can be interpreted and have different significance to different people. How wonderful is that? I myself are always fascinated by academic analysis of films. I wrote several analysis on Lady Gaga and Pixar’s animated short for my semiotic class. I’m a firm believer that films are designed whether consciously or not by the filmmaker. I believe in idea mimesis, this everything we see in a film is a result of someone’s recycled reference to an older idea (again check Embracing The Remix by Kirby Ferguson). I believe in the working of unconscious mind too.
Okay sorry for straying. Anyway, yeah, I believe that movie experience are different from one to other people relating to their personal experience. Which is why movie watching is a very personal experience. Our response to a film will varied because how we react emotionally to a film is a piece of subjective response, not an objective one. Isn’t that just wonderful? So instead of criticizing the absurdity of the theory, just see this as a beautiful ode of loving a film.
The film was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The director Rodney Ascher received IDA award and Creative Recognition Award for Best Editing, as well as several other nominations from various film festival.
ROOM 237 (2012)
DIRECTOR Rodney Ascher | PRODUCER Tim Kirk | MUSIC Wendy Carlos, Rachel Elkind | EDITOR Rodney Ascher | DISTRIBUTOR IFC Films | COUNTRY United States | RUNNING TIME 102 minutes | RELEASE January 23, 2012 (sundance), March 29, 2013
STARRING Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan, Jay Weidner