Five unusual, surprising or downright bizarre facts about Stanley Kubrick

The new documentary Room 237 is loaded with conspiracy theories planted in The Shining, but how about the unbelievable truth?

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Obsessive fans of Stanley Kubrick (are there any other kind?) will thrill to the weird ideas lobbed forward in the speculative documentary Room 237. Even more notoriously, several strange anecdotes have collected around the director himself over the years. Was he scared of flying? Actually, Kubrick was convinced of the inevitability of flight error; he himself had a pilot license and saw too much he couldn’t forget. Did he wear a crash helmet in cars? Nope—in fact, the filmmaker owned a Porsche. These are the obvious ones: Here, we cut through the haze of rumor to find five tales not as widely whispered but still with merit.


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