Monday, 22 December 2014

Stanley Kubrick: The exhibit

We took a few film credits in University.  Not in a pretentious movie snob kind of way, but in a literary story-telling kind of way.  Ya, ok that still sounds snobby.  In any case, we studied Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" and so when we heard that a Kubrick exhibit was coming to the TIFF Lightbox, we had to go. The exhibit has been open since Halloween, so it's taken us a while, but this way we got to see the movie and the exhibit at the same time.  

The exhibit showcases many photographs taken by Stanley Kubrick before he started making films.  They also show photos of him at work.  It paints a picture of what it would have been like to work with him on set and how involved he was in many aspects of the film making process.  

The exhibit also treats you to copies of scripts, model sets, costumes, props and cameras.  It also provided me with inspiration for future Halloween costumes, but maybe that's just me.  Part of what's interesting about Kubrick's career was that he was never afraid of controversy.  This exhibit understands and highlights how his films were viewed through the lens of their time. 

Watching 2001: A Space Odyssey in 2014 when things like Skype and tablets actually exist is very different than watching it in 1968, I'm sure. That being said, technology, war and sex are as relevant now as they were then, so the exhibit definitely brings something to its visitors even if they're not very familiar with Kubrick or his films. 

Also, it reminded me that I never actually watched Eyes Wide Shut.  Maybe I'll finally get around to that too.  The exhibit runs until January 25th, so if you haven't been yet, you've still got time.