I'm Drew Breunig and I obsess about technology, media, language, and culture. I live in New York, studied anthropology, and work at PlaceIQ.


Posts tagged kubrick

Weekend Reading: How Kubrick Tells Us About Faking the Moon Landing with The Shining

With Kubrick, conspiracy theorists have found the perfect subject. Because both Kubrick and the theorists madly obsess over details, it’s impossible to discount that Kubrick didn’t intend the crazy stretches of reason the theorists suggest.

That being said, this discussion of The Shining is nothing if not entertaining. Especially because of the casual way the author states moon fakery recreation details. It’s always good to read pieces where the author carries a completely different set of casual assumptions about the world.

It is important to note that the room in question was numbered 217 in the Stephen King version of The Shining. For unknown reason’s Kubrick changed it to 237. Because the average distance from the Earth to the Moon is 237,000 miles.

The real truth is that this movie is really about the deal that Stanley Kubrick made with the Manager of the Overlook Hotel (America). This deal was to get Kubrick to re-create, in other words, to fake, the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Danny represents the artistic side of Kubrick. Because of the complexity of the artistic realization of the manner in which the lunar landings needed to appear, Kubrick needed to trust his artistic side. Room 237 represents the fake lunar set that Stanley had to create to make the lunar landings appear factual.

Secrets of the Shining.