Here are my picks for the top 10 film directors from Toronto.
The construction of the massive Pinewood Studios on Commissioners Street has allowed mega-productions to move-in with increasingly larger budgets. As our film industry continues to grow in size and scope, we look back on the biggest blockbusters that were shot in Toronto.
The first movie ever screened in Toronto was The Kiss. It was shown in 1890 in the basement of Robinson's Musee, a Yonge Street curiosity emporium similar to the famous P. T. Barnum oddity museum in New York. The film, recorded by the Edison Company, starred Broadway actors May Irwin and John Rice and consisted of a single scene from the popular farce The Widow Jones. For about 17 seconds, Irwin and Rice nuzzle and kiss in choppy black and white.
While the exhibition has traveled elsewhere, the Lightbox has outdone itself here with its mix of educational resources and cinematographic curiosities. Kubrick's various inspirations and lasting influence on cinema culture is all well accounted for, which should enrich the experience of watching his films after the exhibition. The show runs until January 25th.
Check out the weird and fascinating world of Stanley Kubrick in this photo gallery.