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Some new lakefront sculptures, Shedd's Trainer for a Day program, and Room 237


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Luke Strosnider, photographer and designer, would redrum for:

Room 237 The Shining is unsettling on a lot of levels: elevators full of blood, the ghostly identical twins, the ghastly carpeting at the Overlook Hotel. It's always frightened me, but beyond the obvious scary stuff I've always felt Kubrick was going for something much deeper and more mysterious than your run-of-the-mill horror film.

Bizarre theories on the hidden meanings of The Shining flood the internet and range from compelling to crackpot; Rodney Ascher's documentary Room 237 examines some of these wild ideas. Is The Shining a metaphor for the genocide of Native Americans? Perhaps it's Kubrick's confession of having helped NASA fake the moon landings? Or is it even crazier than that?

Doubtful, but I suspect the shocking reveal of Room 237 is that a single film could inspire such a variety of obsessive speculation. The movie plays at the Chicago International Film Festival Fri 10/19, 9:45 PM, and Sat 10/20, 1 PM.

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