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Decrypting Kubrick: Toronto film decodes 'Shining'

Some think Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" is a horror masterpiece. Others find it a mix between overblown fright flick and art film.Then there are the conspiracy theorists, who meticulously study the 1980 film for hints as to what Kubrick really intended: maybe a commentary on the Holocaust, an exploration of the oppression of American Indians, even a treasure map of clues that the filmmaker was enlisted by NASA to fake the footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing."Room 237," a documentary playing the Toronto International Film Festival, attempts to decrypt the adaptation of the Stephen King horror novel, providing no definitive answers, yet offering a fascinating glimpse into the enigma of Kubrick himself, who died in 1999."For me, it confirmed the idea that there is much more to the movie than just the surface layer of the story," said "Room 237" director Rodney Ascher. "There are so many anomalies and so many unusual choices and so many heavy moments that seem like they're referring t...

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