Stanley Kubrick exhibition TIFF’s largest ever

Toronto International Film Festival is hosting Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, which showcases American film director Stanely Kubrick’s most famous works and runs until Jan. 25 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

The exhibition also displays some of his unrealized films such as Napoleon and The Aryan Papers from Kubrick’s nearly 50-year career.

Laurel MacMillan, director of exhibitions at the Lightbox, said it’s their largest exhibition yet, and that she feels very fulfilled seeing all of their hard work coming together so well.

MacMillan said building the exhibit was almost like building an entire house. It consists of a series of rooms dedicated to different films, although as 2001: A Space Odyssey is so elaborate, they felt it needed two rooms.

Danyel McLachlan, an alumni of Humber’s post-graduate Public Relations program, has been working at the Lightbox for two years as a full-time employee and said this was her favorite exhibit yet.

“It’s really exciting to see people coming in and connecting with the rooms and artifacts, and really getting to explore behind the mind of this creative genius who you wouldn’t normally get to take a closer look at,” she said.

Based in England for most of his career, Kubrick is famous for such acclaimed major motion pictures as A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, The Shining, Barry Lyndon and Full Metal Jacket.

Some of the more intimate pieces in the exhibit include Kubrick’s bookcase, filled exclusively with books about Napoleon, and most famously his personal chessboard. Kubrick was well known for his adoration of the game. Jesse Wente, Director of Film Programmes at the Lightbox, said Kubrick played chess on every set he directed on.

Wente said there are many quotes from Kubrick talking about chess, the precision of it and how it helps to think several moves ahead.

“I think if you look at (not only) the way he produced his movies, but also probably the way he lived his life, it was not completely separated from the rules of chess,” he said.

The fourth floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox was used to showcase the unrealized projects, some of his early photography, lenses Kubrick used and some very interesting personal belongings that his family lent to the traveling exhibit.

Tickets are available to purchase on for $12.50.

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