Stanley Kubrick’s Daughter Insists He Didn’t Help Fake the Moon Landing
There are a lot of conspiracy theories about the 1969 Moon landing; one of the wackiest is that the footage “from the Moon” was actually recorded on a soundstage with help from film director Stanley Kubrick, who was, as the theory goes, uniquely suited to faking images from outer space because of his role directing the great science-fiction picture 2001: A Space Odyssey. (As the theory also goes, 2001’s great special effects were merely the research and development phase of the moon landing chicanery.)
The Kubrick Moon landing theory has been around for decades, and it received wider attention just a few years ago, when it was featured in the documentary Room 237, in which The Shining fans and obsessives reveal their personal opinions about the horror film’s hidden meanings. One of those hidden meanings, according to author Jay Weidner, is that the film is secretly about Kubrick faking the Apollo 11 moon landing.
It might seem pretty far-fetched, but some folks believe it. (DID YOU NOT SEE THE JAR OF TANG IN THE BACKGROUND OF THAT ONE SCENE?!? WAKE UP SHEEPLE!) But Vivian Kubrick, daughter of the late filmmaker, took to Twitter to insist that the whole notion that her father might have worked with the U.S. government to hoodwink the entire world is “a grotesque lie.”
She might have a point there. Stanley Kubrick made one of the most passionate anti-war movies of all time, Paths of Glory. He doesn’t seem like the sort of guy who would collude with shadow cabinets to dupe the planet into believing we went into space when we didn’t.
As Vivian Kubrick writes, “My father’s artistic works are his unimpeachable defense!” And yet those same artistic works are the so-called evidence some use as proof. And that is what made Room 237 such a fascinating film; we all see what we want to see up on that screen. If you still can’t get all this conspiracy theory stuff out of your head, go watch Capricorn One, which turns the notion that NASA would fake a space landing is turned into the plot of a very entertaining ’70s conspiracy theory.