10 Great Documentaries About Famous Films

By Jason Bailey

Sometimes the story behind the making of a movie can be more captivating than the film itself.

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One of our most anticipated titles at this year's Sundance Film Festival is Room 237, a new documentary by Rodney Ascher about the obsessive fans of The Shining. According to Entertainment Weekly, one of them posits an intriguing two-part conspiracy theory. First, he holds that Kubrick "directed" the faked Apollo moon landings while shooting 2001—itself a mere cover for his bigger job. (This one's been floating around for years—hell, it inspired its own "mockumentary," Dark Side of the Moon.) But here's the kicker: the fan also contends that, since Kubrick would have faced dire consequences if he ever revealed his involvement in the moon landing, he instead smuggled clues into The Shining, using his Stephen King adaptation as a giant coded message to tell the world about the ruse.

"It's a film-nerd love-fest," according to Sundance programmer Trevor Groth. "These obsessive people dissect The Shining, and they've watched it thousands of times, all finding their own coded meaning and language in it." Reading about Room 237, and salivating for it, got us thinking about some of our other favorite "film-nerd love-fests." We've compiled ten of our favorite documentaries about famous films.

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