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I don’t buy into conspiracy theories, especially not conspiracy theories as utterly ridiculous as this one: Stanley Kubrick faked the moon landing and then left clues admitting what he’d done in The Shining. That’s the premise being put forward by a crackpot named Jay Weidner, based largely on the fact that Kubrick shot 2001: A Space Odyssey around the same time man was prepping to walk on the moon. Crazy? Sure. Wrong? Definitely. But let’s have a little fun with it.
Most of Weidner’s evidence is pretty flimsy. For instance he goes off on a jag about how the movie uses the letter “A” a lot, either in the script or in triangle shapes throughout the film, and so he assumes these are all references to Apollo 11. Pretty lame as a theory. But some of his ideas are a little more fun. Here’s a quick breakdown of some the less insane coincidences he spotted in The Shining:
The Overlook Hotel Is America: The Manager of the Overlook Hotel is wearing red, white and blue. Jack's wife Wendy (played by Shelly Duval) and his son Danny also wear red, white and blue for almost the entire first hour of the film. In this symbolic interpretation the Overlook Hotel is AMERICA. It was built, just like the Manager says, on the graves of Indians. Even when walking on the floor of the Overlook Hotel, one finds oneself trampling over various Native American symbols. The Manager of the Overlook, while interviewing Jack, has an American Eagle right behind his head. It is as if "The Eagle" is the power behind the Manager. To the Manager's right on the desk is an American flag.
Click over to Weidner’s site to see his full conspiracy theory unfold.