Opening in New York and on VOD platforms tomorrow is IFC’s Room 237, Rodney Ascher’s fascinating documentary that tackles the infamous conspiracy theories attached to Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 classic The Shining.
The NY Times did a lengthy piece on the release, which landed them a gem of a quote when they interviewed Leon Vitali, who is listed in the closing credits of The Shining as personal assistant to Kubrick…
Says the site, Vitali was recently sent an advance copy of Room 237, and not surprisingly it elicited a strong response.
“I was falling about laughing most of the time,” he said by telephone. “There are ideas espoused in the movie that I know to be total balderdash.”
Vitali explains that he never spoke with Kubrick about any larger meaning in The Shining: “He didn’t tell an audience what to think or how to think,” he said, “and if everyone came out thinking something differently that was fine with him. That said, I’m certain that he wouldn’t have wanted to listen to about 70, or maybe 80 percent” of Room 237.
With that, Vitali concludes by calling the film “pure gibberish.”
You be the judge! Check it out and let us know what you think…