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FILM REVIEW: "Kubrick's Odyssey" by Jay Weidner

Andrew W. Griffin
"Kubrick's Odyssey" by Jay Weidner
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FILM REVIEW:  Kubrick’s
 by Jay Weidner (Sacred
Mysteries / Cubed Brick Productions) 2011

My first introduction to the work of world-renowned director
Stanley Kubrick took place in 1980, when I was eight years old. I went to see a
movie, it may have been The Empire
Strikes Back
, but it was a trailer for the upcoming Kubrick film The Shining that got the attention of my fragile, eggshell mind.

My already over-active imagination did not quite know what
to make of the horrific scene of a flood of blood coming out of a closed
elevator. It was shocking to see, no doubt about it. The images from the
trailer alone would stay with me for years, haunting me. And while it would be
many years later when I actually took the time to watch The Shining, it’s impact would, once again, be powerful.

The first Kubrick film I would actually watch all the way
through was 2001: A Space Odyssey.  This was the movie that hit my like a punch
to the gut. It struck a chord in me I was previously unaware of. The story, the
mood, the colors, the implications … it was as if I had been waiting all my
life – I was then 13 – for Kubrick’s vision of Arthur C. Clarke’s
science-fiction tale of transformation from ape to man to god-like eternal consciousness.

Clearly, Kubrick was on to something. His final film, 1999’s
Eyes Wide Shut, is notable in that he
died soon after its release. Starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Kubrick
takes us on a journey into the secretive world of the elite. The folks really
running the show. Allegedly there are scenes that have never been shown beyond
some trailers which are now missing. What line did Kubrick cross that so upset Warner
Bros. executives? Clearly Stanley Kubrick was “in the know” and he used his art
as a brilliant film director to tell stories that revealed things often hidden
in plain sight.

Enter Jay Weidner. This guy has been looking behind the
curtain, as it were, for some time. Long interested in the mysterious and
esoteric, Weidner has taken an interest in finding “mankind’s spiritual destiny
via ancient societies and artifacts” and has interviewed countless alternative
historical and scientific theorists. He has been featured on The History Channel and has been getting
a lot of attention in recent years for his research into the 2012 theories.

As Weidner notes, in the opening credits of his fascinating
documentary, “This film is the first in a series dedicated to revealing the
secrets hidden inside the films of the greatest filmmaker of all time.”

And there are lots of secrets within Kubrick’s films, as we
soon discover. Kubrick, suggests Weidner, is not only a great filmmaker, he was
“privy to the main secrets of an occult society that rules the Earth.”

One of the biggest and most shocking is that Weidner
speculates, through clues he found primarily in The Shining, that Kubrick faked the Apollo Moon landings, using his
work on 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey
as cover. Weidner, however, does believe the U.S. did get to the Moon, just not in the fashion we were told.

Weidner, who narrates, liberally uses footage from Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop
Worrying and Love the Bomb
(1964), 2001
and The Shining.

Dr. Strangelove,
notes Weidner, “made fun of the Pentagon, the generals and their various war
plans” and while this irritated the Defense Department, they were more amazed
that Kubrick had pieced together what a B-52 looked like on the inside by
looking at pictures in military magazines.

Because the U.S. Government, through NASA, was hellbent to
get a man on the Moon before the end of the 1960’s, as President Kennedy had
promised, and because they wanted to prove to the Soviet Union that the U.S.
was going to win the space race, they had to have some insurance – a way to
prove, at least to the public and the world – that the U.S. had the technology
and wherewithal to get to the Moon.

That’s where Kubrick comes in. Impressed with his work on Dr. Strangelove, Weidner speculates that
Kubrick made a deal with the U.S. Government to fake the Apollo Moon landings –
with Apollo 11 ultimately being the first one to land in July 1969.

Weidner leans towards the idea that the U.S. did go to the
Moon but that the Apollo missions between 1969 and 1972 shown to the public
were all staged and Kubrick was the guy directing the whole thing.

So, how did he do it? Weidner says that Kubrick’s use of a
cinematic technique called “front screen projection,” used effectively in the
ape-man scenes in the first part of 2001:
A Space Odyssey
. Front screen projection allows scenes to be projected
behind the actors. The ape-man scenes were filmed on a soundstage and scenes of
a Spanish desert are projected behind the actors in ape costumes. The same
technique is used in 2001’s Moon scenes
as well.

This same technique, Weidner speculates, was used by Kubrick
to film the Apollo Moon landings.

Interestingly, Weidner notes the research of Richard C.
Hoagland. In his book Dark Mission,
co-authored by Mike Bara and reviewed by this writer for The Norman Transcript, Hoagland believes glass-like structures are
on the Moon and that NASA hid this evidence in the photos they released. Weidner
believes what Hoagland is seeing tiny glass beads in the slightly flawed Scotchlite
screen used in the background of the scenes by Kubrick.

Weidner says scenes showing people moving slowly in space in
2001 was to condition people to
accept the same movements that would be seen a year later (and for three years
after that) in the Apollo footage.

And while this is shocking, if it’s true, things get even
stranger further in Weidner’s film when he uses Stephen King’s novel, The Shining, as the basis for a film
with the same name. Of course this interpretation would bother purists and
confuse others. But Weidner explains that Kubrick needed a way to get it out
there that he was the one behind the Apollo Moon landing hoax and that The Shining would be the way he could
accomplish this.

Starring Jack Nicholson as frustrated writer Jack Torrance,
Weidner says Jack is actually Kubrick and that when Jack goes to the remote Overlook
Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. It is here that Jack Torrance transforms from
writer/caretaker into a homicidal monster. Clues are peppered throughout the
film, explains Weidner, and the things he points out are quite shocking, from
what Jack Torrance’s (Stanley Kubrick) real role was and how his son Danny and
wife Wendy have roles in this situation as well.

In Kubrick’s Odyssey,
Jay Weidner makes a compelling argument that there was a serious and deep
cover-up of the true nature of the Apollo Moon missions. Director Stanley
Kubrick, arguably the greatest filmmaker of all time (I vote for him!), made a
deal with the U.S. Government to fake the Moon landings in exchange to get all
the funding he could ever want to make films like 2001: A Space Odyssey. And feeling some level of frustration or
guilt, Kubrick revealed the nature of his involvement in the cover-up via clues
in the story told in his cinematic version of Stephen King’s novel The Shining.

This is an important documentary and the first in a series
of films that Jay Weidner is working on. I, for one, can’t wait for the next

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