4. THE SHINING – The film is an allegory about the Holocaust.
When I first proposed this piece to HeyUGuys editor Jon Lyus, he proposed I watch the documentary Room 237, which explores the many theories about Kubrick’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Shining. It’s a fun watch, and it also detailed one man’s theory that there is an embedded subtext regarding the Holocaust hidden within the film. The suggested evidence is truly something to marvel at. At first, I thought it was an amazing takeaway – until I considered the fact that you would have to be unstable to draw this conclusion. Here are some of the clues that the theorist suggests:
A) The number 42 appears frequently throughout the film. This is DAMNING evidence as 1942 is the year in which Hitler imposed The Final Solution, which was his attempt to systematically eradicate the Jews.
B) Jack Torrance’s typewriter is manufactured by a company called “Adler”. Adler is German for eagle, and the eagle is the emblem of Nazi Germany. Come on folks. This is ‘OBVIOUS EVIDENCE’.
C) In the final scene of the film, a dissolve from Nicholson in a group photo to a close-up of his face in the same photo reveals a Hitler mustache. (Except not really, and to make this leap is astoundingly disturbing.)
I never met Mr. Kubrick, nor have I ever spoken with anybody who has known him personally, but it’s fair to say that Kubrick himself would be as bewildered by this theory as you or I. It is widely known that he had wanted to make a Holocaust film called “The Aryan Papers” and even began a draft of the script. When Spielberg made Schindler’s List, Kubrick abandoned the film and never returned to it. This is fact, and certainly more plausible, but there is no way that he used The Shining as an attempt to satisfy that story.
SOURCE: The Village Voice