Did Stanley Kubrick Fake The Moon Landings?

The suggestion that NASA faked the Apollo missions goes back to very first time Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon Some believed he never really went; others believe that he did make it, but the famous footage and photographs are fake

To find out more about how and why the landings might have been staged, Second Thought has made this video for you, please check it out, it’s great In the meantime, in this video we’ll consider the fact that if the footage were faked, someone had to fake it And the best suspect is legendary director Stanley Kubrick And he may have left clues that expose the greatest hoax in history Did Stanley Kubrick Fake The Moon Landings? Not only was Stanley Kubrick an artistic genius, he was a technical wizard

His groundbreaking film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, made him the obvious suspect to fake the moon landings It came out in 1968, over a year before the Apollo 11 landing, yet its depiction of weightless space travel is still hailed as the most accurate in cinematic history Kubrick is known as the most meticulous filmmakers ever, and he worked closely with NASA and aerospace engineers The spaceships and spacesuits were designed in line with actual space travel technology Images of the Moon were constructed using NASA’s best maps of the surface, which is why they still stand up

The film features extensive sequences set on the Moon, which use miniatures and front projected matte paintings to recreate the process of landing and walking on the desolate moonscape Theorist Jay Weidner says a close examination of NASA footage and still photographs reveals the same camera tricks were used as in Kubrick’s sci-fi epic He believes that Kubrick was hired by the US government to stage the Moon landings using the technology and equipment he perfected on 2001: A Space Odyssey

What’s more, Weidner says Kubrick subverted his vow of secrecy by hiding clues to the truth in his 1980 horror masterpiece, The Shining The most obvious allusion to the Moon landings is in this scene, where young Danny Torrance is playing in the Overlook Hotel He is wearing an Apollo 11 sweater, and as he stands up, it is like the rocket is taking off This was probably a deliberate visual gag on the Kubrick’s part, given the specially designed carpet of the hotel has a geometric pattern similar to Apollo 11’s launchpad With this in mind, Jay Weidner argues there are many more references to NASA’s lunar program littered throughout the film

The food supplies in the hotel include Tang, a powdered fruit drink used by NASA on its manned spaceflights More subtly, the number eleven and the letter ‘A’ are hidden in shapes throughout the sets The film begins with the main characters, Jack, Wendy and Danny Torrance, driving along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in the Rocky Mountains The classical god of the Sun is Apollo Later, when Jack Torrance meets the manager of the hotel, we can see two eagles in the office

Similarly, Jack’s typewriter is a German Adler, or eagle, machine The symbol of the Apollo missions was the American bald eagle, and the lunar module itself was named the Eagle Meanwhile, the manager’s outfit – comprising of red, white and blue clothing – means he represents the government Jack Torrance, on the other hand, is an author, an independent artist looking for a job to support him and his family while he works on his next project In other words, Jack represents Stanley Kubrick, and the manager represents the government hiring him to work on the Apollo program

The pressure of the huge task gets to him, and puts a strain on his marriage Jack’s rant is really Kubrick’s feelings about the dark hoax he perpetrated As Jack types, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” And the nature of the work is hinted at in the typeface: A-1-1 for Apollo 11 It is important to note that The Shining is adapted from the novel of the same name by Stephen King

But none of the allusions to the Apollo program were in the book – they were added by Kubrick as part of his changes to the source material These included altering the book’s Room 217 to Room 237 Jay Weidner says Kubrick changed the number to draw attention to the moon landings The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 237,000 miles 237 is also, according to Weidner, the name of the studio where Kubrick filmed the fake NASA mission

However, most of these allusions are hard to prove The Shining is so layered and visually complex that it lends itself to countless interpretations, as demonstrated by documentaries and critics Nevertheless, some of the supposed references to the Moon are probably misinterpreted For instance, the average distance of the Moon from the Earth is over 238,000 miles It seems unlikely that the meticulous Kubrick would make that mistake

In December 2015, filmmaker T Patrick Murray published what he claimed was an exclusive interview with legendary director Stanley Kubrick In it, Kubrick says, “I perpetrated a huge fraud on the American public… involving the United States government and NASA… The moon landings were faked… [and] I was the person who filmed it” Kubrick’s widow, Christiane, says the interview is a complete fabrication The double in the video looks very little and sounds nothing like the real Stanley Kubrick

Furthermore, T Patrick Murray has given no plausible reason why the notoriously private director would have given him an interview, and why he kept the interview secret for 15 years after Kubrick’s death The director’s daughter Vivian made a documentary using footage she filmed on the set of The Shining In July 2016, she issued a statement strongly denying the theory that her father faked the moon landings She argues that he had too much artistic integrity and distrust of government lies to ever want to help them carry out such a gigantic hoax

Despite claims to the contrary, Stanley Kubrick never said he faked the Moon landings The people who knew Stanley Kubrick best – his family and colleagues – all say he never did it, and never would Meanwhile, theories about clues he planted in The Shining only work if you interpret the film one particular way This hasn’t stopped other books and films being inspired by the theory There is something interesting in the argument that Kubrick’s filmmaking tricks were used by NASA to construct the Apollo 11 footage

However, NASA insists the footage is real, as do the Apollo astronauts, and the great director himself Do you think Stanley Kubrick faked the Moon landings? Do you think they were faked at all? If you want to explore the theories concerning the Moon hoax, click right here to learn more with our pal Second Thought Thanks for watching!

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