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Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ Assistant Calls ‘Room 237’ “Pure Gibberish”!

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…



  • BabyJaneHudson

    I have no doubt that a lot of the theories are going to be absolutely nuts, but that’s the fun of the doc. Looking forward to it.

  • joesey

    Ha! I totally called it–it is a bunch of gibberish even conspiracy theorists are like “wow! that’s a bunch of malarkey”


    Isn’t that what makes things fun? Theories? Imagination? Myths? A film should always leave people with different interpretations. It happens all the time. So what’s the big deal? The only difference here is that some ideas are just being told to the world through the big screen. I don’t really think they declaring this Doc as fact. I’m looking forward to this.

  • webbist

    Just watched it. Apart from it being complete nonsense, it has plenty of filmmaking problems. Most of the movie has a horrible ominous score while the interviewees are talking, there is a lot of found footage used that distracts from the topics discussed, the conspiracies are presented poorly and there’s no real narrative. Some of the facts presented are never even cited. The interviewees discuss “The Shining” in an extremely pretentious manner, as if the movie can’t be enjoyed as a horror/ghost story. I would avoid this.

  • Incinerated

    In other words, Kubrick may have wanted to listen to about 20, or maybe 30 percent of Room 237.

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