Stanley Kubrick is known for being a filmmaker and not a cryptographer. However, Kubrick’s films have hidden “fractal” narratives with coded messages that Rob Ager has been deciphering through his amazing film analysis on his website Collative Learning and on Youtube. In “Mazes, Mirrors, Deception and Denial: Chapter 15: This is our Gold Ballroom” Mr. Ager puts forth his theory that there is a sub-plot in The Shining that revolves around the gold standard. The Shining was released in 1980, not long after the U.S. dollar’s fixed value against gold under the Bretton Woods system ended. More specifically, President Nixon announced on August 15, 1971 the end of the gold standard.
Kubrick’s films, which can be interpreted on different levels, use dialogue that can have more than one meaning:
“Your money’s no good here.” said the bartender Lloyd to Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) in the Overlook Hotel’s “Gold Room.”…“Orders from the house.”
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