We all know that nothing in the movies of Stanley Kubrick is ever random – there’s a deeper meaning behind every tiny little detail. We know it mostly because we keep being told that. The helicopter’s shadow in The Shining? It probably represents the shadows that haunt Jack Torrance, or something. Now, while interpretations of Kubrick’s oeuvre are often closer to conspiracy theory territory than to film analysis (and sometimes are conspiracy theories), ol’ Stan did indeed pepper his movies with symbolism, references, and hidden meanings. These are definitely some of those (maybe).

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