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Stanley Kubrick exhibition makes Canadian debut

10/31/2014 12:29 EDT | Updated 12/31/2014 05:59 EST
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition makes its Canadian premiere in Toronto Friday—pulling back the curtains on the legendary American auteur's methods and his mind.

The exhibition features hundreds of Kubrick-related artifacts including rare photographs, production notes and original props and costumes from his iconic films, like A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Full Metal Jacket. 

A particularly disturbing display includes the blue dresses worn by the twin ghosts in Kubrick's 1980 horror classic, The Shining.

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"Much of what we now know about Kubrick, is due to this exhibition," TIFF Bell Light Box spokeswoman Lina Rodriguez explained to CBC."Especially [about] his process and the publications that have been produced out of the family archive."

The influential filmmaker was known for his drive, his stylistic bombast and his meticulous attention to detail.

His 13 feature films broke boundaries and covered a wide range of genres from romance, to war and science fiction.

Kubrick died in 1999 at age 70 just days after completing Eyes Wide Shut.

His widow, Christiane Kubrick, will offer an intimate look at the notoriously aloof artist. She's slated to speak about working with Kubrick the director and living with Kubrick the man.

Other exhibition highlights include:

- A reproduction of the giant black monolith from 2001.

- The penis chair/murder weapon from A Clockwork Orange.

- Jack Nicholson’s typewriter from The Shining and a replica of the Overlook Hotel's distinct 1970s carpet.

- Kubrick's letters, papers and notes, including a lengthy list of alternate titles to Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb ("Dr. Strangelove’s Secret Uses of Uranus", for example.)

- A collection of angry letters Kubrick received for Lolita, his 1962 adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s pedophilia love story

- A recreation of The Shining's hedge maze

A Cinematic Odyssey

Of course, the exhibition is also accompanied by Kubrick's cinematic works, including rare screenings of the director's early short films.

Stars of 2001 will introduce a special screening of the science-fiction masterpiece and share their memories of the film’s production.

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition runs through Jan. 25, 2015 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.

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