Well, I finally made it! The Toronto edition of the world-renowned Kubrick Exhibit, which can be visited until the end of January at the beautiful TIFF Bell/Lightbox building in the heart of Toronto's bustling entertainment district.
I'm no photographer, unfortunately, so you'll have to excuse the roughness of the photographs below. They frankly fail to capture the magnificent splendor on display at this massive collection of unparalleled cinematic delights. Even so, I'm going to keep my comments to a minimum, letting the props and artifacts from Stanley Kubrick's movies do most of the talking for themselves.
I hope you enjoy my report at least a fraction as much as I enjoyed assembling it for your perusal, and I urge any of you reading this, if at all possible, to make your way down to the Kubrick Exhibit and take it in for yourselves.
Here I am at the threshold, kissing a giant Star Child poster, waiting for the doors to open with my buddy Spider-Man, who accompanied me on this journey and took this photo...
And here's my ticket...
|A BARGAIN AT TWICE THE PRICE|
|AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES|
Before checking out the exhibit proper, Spidey and I snuck into the back section ans spied this selection of Kubrick's clapboards.
The first official item on the exhibit schedule? Kubrick's Oscar for 2001's special effects and his Career Gold Lion from the Venice Film Festival for his full body of work.
|NOT REPLICAS - THE REAL DEAL|
Next, fittingly, is his favorite chess set, which he carried with him from film to film, playing everyone from Scatman Crothers to George C. Scott.
|IF THESE PAWNS COULD ONLY TALK|
THE EARLY YEARS
Sorry for how blurry these are. We see here a script from Fear and Desire, as well as reviews, ads and other press clippings from Fear and Desire, Killer's Kiss and Paths of Glory. I hereby apologize for failing to get any usable images from their section on The Killing.
|FEAR AND DESIRE EPHEMERA|
|INCORPORATING MINOTAUR PRODUCTIONS|
|MORE AD COPY|
|INVENTIVE USE OF SANDBAGS FOR THE PATHS OF GLORY EXHIBIT|
|SCRIPTS WITH HAND-WRITTEN REVISIONS|
|THE ORIGINAL POSTER|
|A CLOSER DETAIL|
Even though Kubrick thought of his work on Spartacus as a that of a hired gun, it still stands out as the very best of the sword and sandal epics of the day. It gave new meaning to the term "costume drama", setting a standard for that particular genre that wouldn't be beat until... perhaps Barry Lyndon?
|ROMAN SPLENDOR AND THE STYLISH SENATE|
|BEAUTIFUL COLORFUL STORYBOARDS|
|ORGANIZING THE CORPSES OF AFTERMATH|
|NELSON RIDDLE'S SCORE PLAYS ON|
|WHITE VINYL AND PINK PAPER|
|EVEN THE WORKING SCRIPTS WERE PINK|
OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING
AND LOVE THE BOMB
The centerpiece of the Strangelove Room was this beautiful scale model reproduction of Ken Adams' fantastic War Room set. And that light above it sure looks familiar, too, don't it?
|SPIDEY GOES IN FOR A CLOSE-UP|
|"RED ALERT" BY PETER GEORGE|
|INSIDE THE WAR ROOM MODEL|
|THE INFAMOUS SURVIVAL KIT|
|THE LOVELY CHRISTIANE K. COCKS A CREAM PIE|
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
By far the most space - two full rooms! - was allotted to Kubrick's 1968 magnum opus, 2001: A Space Odyssey. I'm really annoyed at myself for failing to get a good shot of the scale model replica of the Monolith, and I decided not to be a dick by trying to sneak a forbidden shot of some crazy camera lens that was on loan to the exhibit with strict instructions that a guard be on hand at all times to stop people snapping pics. some of this material was new to me, including the first shot...
|AN INSPIRATIONAL ART INSTALLATION|
|MOONWATCHER FROM THE DAWN OF MAN SEQUENCE|
|THE ACTUAL EMEREFIN' STARCHILD|
|FULL BODY COSTUME|
|SPIDEY GIVES EVOLUTION A TRY|
|SPIDEY SPIES A SCALE MODEL OF THE DISCOVERY|
|SCALE MODEL OF THE CENTRIFUGE SET|
|THINK IT'D FIT ME?|
|GORGEOUS BESPOKE FUTURE UTENSILS|
|UNUSED STARGATE CONCEPT ART|
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
The most controversial entry in Kubrick's entire oeuvre - except in France, where Paths of Glory was banned until the late 1970's over its portrayal of the officer class - A Clockwork Orange is also quite possibly his most popular at this moment in history (with The Shining running a very close second).
|"PARDON ME, LUCE"|
|FULL DROOG REGALIA|
|DEFINITELY NOT A PITIFUL PORTABLE PICNIC PLAYER|
|AN AL HIRSCHFELD ORIGINAL|
|FUTURE FURNISHINGS AND TRES CHIC OBJETS D'ART|
|AIRBRUSH ART FOR PROMO PURPOSES|
What with the documentary film Room 237 being so popular, and Kubrick continuing to be a popular subject of paracultural conspiracy theorizing, The Shining has enjoyed a renaissance the likes of which has rarely been seen in the world of cinema. The Shining Room was therefore particularly well trafficked.
|CHECK OUT THAT CARPET|
|THE SWEATER THAT LAUNCHED 1000 CONSPIRACY THEORIES|
|THE TYPEWRITER AND ONE SHEET OF "ALL WORK AND NO PLAY..."|
|THE PROP AXE EMBEDDED IN HALLORAN'S CHEST|
|THE CREEPIEST DOOR IN HORROR MOVIE HISTORY?|
|THE ACTUAL EMEREFIN' HEDGE MAZE|
FULL METAL JACKET
Platoon got all the glory, awards and box office at the time, but these days, it's Full Metal Jacket that stands out as the best of Hollywood's late-80's wave of films exploring the war in Vietnam.
|THE "BORN TO KILL" HELMET|
|MILITARY ISSUE BUNK BED SET|
|MORE UNUSED AIRBRUSH PROMO ART|
EYES WIDE SHUT
Second only to Clockwork Orange in terms of controversy, Eyes Wide Shut is also probably the biggest tragedy in the Kubrick oeuvre. That's because, apologists be damned, the film was UNFINISHED at the time of Kubrick's demise. We'll have time to explore my theories about that - as well as other people's theories - in future articles for this blog. For now, here a few snapshots...
|CREEPY SEXY GORGEOUS DANGER|
|THOSE LEGENDARY CEREMONIAL MASKS|
THE INFINITE COATROOM
In this, the final room of the main section of the Kubrick Exhibit, you could sit and listen to a rotating sample of music and audio samples while a sequence of wall-sized images scrolled across the walls both facing and behind you.
|MORE PATENTED KUBRICK CRAZY STARE SHOTS|
THE FOURTH FLOOR:
UNFINISHED PROJECTS AND EQUIPMENT
Too big to be contained on a single floor, the Kubrick Exhibit actually spilled over into the TIFF Bell/Lightbox building's fourth floor library, with special sections relating to Kubrick's early years as a staff photographer for LOOK Magazine, his early documentary work, his unfinished projects and abandoned marketing campaigns.
|A SELECTION OF KUBRICK'S LENSES|
|KUBRICK'S OLD PHOTO EQUIPMENT|
|WITH THEIR DEAD EYES|
|THE ABANDONED "IT SUCKS" TAG LINE|
|READING DOES A BODY GOOD|
|A LIFE IN DAYS|