Three decades on, scholars and fans are still trying to decipher this puzzle of a film directed by Stanley Kubrick. To them it’s only ostensibly about an alcoholic father, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) going more than stir crazy while his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and son, Danny, try to cope in an isolated hotel, the Overlook. Mr. Kubrick was famously averse to offering explanations of his films — “I have found it always the best policy to allow the film to speak for itself,” he once wrote — which has led to a mind-boggling array of theories about just what he was up to.
Here is another theory: Maybe Kubrick did not know what the hell he was doing.
- Sundance 2012: ROOM 237 Review (collider.com)
- Sundance 2012 Review: ROOM 237 Is Full of Crazy Theories About THE SHINING (geektyrant.com)
- ‘Room 237′ Explores Fantastic Theories Behind Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ [Sundance 2012] (slashfilm.com)
- Kubrick’s The Shining dissected for hidden clues in new film (hollywood.com)
Update (Feb. 6, 2011):
[Q:] Why did you change the end and dispense with the destruction of the hotel? [A:] To be honest, the end of the book seemed a bit hackneyed to me and not very interesting.