Stanley Kubrick’s Shining Assistant Thinks Room 237 Is ‘Pure Gibberish’

By
"IT'S NOT EVEN A MINOTAUR, MAN!" Photo: Warner Bros

Enough people read so deeply into The Shining that a documentary/full-length conspiracy theory has reason to exist in the form of Room 237. But Leon Vitali, Stanley Kubrick's personal assistant during the making of the 1980 film, doesn't believe there's so much there there. "I was falling about laughing most of the time," he tells the Times of his experience watching Room 237. "There are ideas espoused in the movie that I know to be total balderdash." The 64-year-old Vitali goes on to call the doc "pure gibberish" and opine that while Kubrick was happy for various theories to sprout, "I’m certain that he wouldn’t have wanted to listen to about 70, or maybe 80 percent" or Room 237.  But ... what about the Minotaur poster? That means something, surely? "That astonished me," Vitali says. "I stood staring at all that stuff for weeks while we were shooting in that room. It’s a downhill skier. It’s a downhill skier. It’s not a Minotaur." Ah. But there are Holocaust references in there, right? The German-made Adler typewriter, for instance? "That was Stanley’s typewriter. A lot of decisions made on the set were about pragmatism: ‘This looks good. It sits on the oak table pretty perfectly.’ Not to mention, it’s a great typewriter. I used that typewriter for 10 years, actually." Oh, just forget it.

Most Watched on Vulture

Latest News from Vulture

Jimmy Kimmel Celebrates Graham-Cassidy Bill Being on Life Support, Which May or May Not Be Covered

“I wound up in the middle of the national health-care debate. I know, it’s ridiculous.”

The Mindy Project Recap: The Peter Principle

Jeremy finally gets his happy ending!

The Kevin Can Wait Season Premiere Addresses the Death of Erinn Hayes’ Character With a Coupon Joke

Looks like Kevin can wait before telling you exactly what happened to his wife, whether you want him to or not.

Star Trek: Discovery Recap: Belay That Premise

Everything goes pear-shaped for the USS Shenzhou and her crew.

The Real Housewives of Dallas Recap: Behind Closed Doors

LeeAnne’s rant about Cary is an instant Housewives classic.

Today James Cameron Started Production on His 4 Avatar Sequels, Filmed One Right After the Other, With a Budget of $1 Billion

The final film in the series is currently scheduled to hit theaters in 2025.

The Big Bang Theory Season Premiere Recap: He Put a Ring on It

Let the countdown to the Shamy wedding begin!

The Real Housewives of Orange County Recap: Dodd Gets Frank

This episode tries to paint Kelly in a whole new light.

Theater: An Ultra-Male, Female-Directed Clockwork Orange

Plus two more productions that look at “otherness.”

Kyle MacLachlan Joins The House With a Clock In Its Walls, Which Sounds Like Twin Peaks…for Kids!

The original 1973 John Bellairs horror novel was illustrated by Edward Gorey, so the creepiness bar has been set very high.