Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition preview

TIFF may be known for the film festival that makes up its name’s acronym, but they offer so much more ever since the TIFF Bell Lightbox opened a few years back. Along with an extensive screening schedule of new releases we in Buffalo may never see on the big screen, the organization has set itself apart as an East Coast venue for cinema-centric exhibits we had to previously enjoy from afar via internet recaps and photo galleries. Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition was the latest of these, debuting at LACMA last year out west. Well, beginning this Friday, October 31st, Kubrick arrives in our backyard.

Running through January 25th, this display is an extensive look back at one of cinema’s greats with archival material from his personal and professional lives. I attended David Cronenberg: Evolution last year and was extremely impressed by the scope and care taken in the layout and exhibits. This one looks to match or exceed that success with photos, letters, props, costumes, screenplays and cameras including 2001: A Space Odyssey‘s Starchild, the dresses worn by the twin girl terrors in The Shining, Private Joker’s helmet from Full Metal Jacket, and a model of Dr. Strangelove‘s War Room.

It’s not just going to be about the classics we’ve seen, though, as materials describing defunct projects Napoleon and The Aryan Papers are also included. Spotlights on his documentary shorts and photojournalist work for Look magazine in the late 40s are on the docket too. You can check it all out on a scheduled tour (by obtaining a separate FREE ticket to go along with your admission purchase) or by simply wandering at your own pace once the timed entry designated on your slip hits.

While you’re there, don’t forget that this exhibition comes with screenings of all Kubrick’s greats (except for Fear and Desire) on selected days. Everything is included from A Clockwork Orange (11/8) to Paths of Glory (11/9)—both introduced by critic Michel Ciment—to posthumous works like Steven Spielberg‘s realization of A.I. Artificial Intelligence (12/14) and the fantastic conspiracy theory documentary Room 237 (11/25). The International Version of The Shining screens 11/25, Alan Cumming arrives 12/1 to discuss Eyes Wide Shut, and Kubrick’s widow Christiane Kubrick and producer Jan Harlan both accompany that same film this Saturday 11/1.

Admission to the exhibition is only $12.50 ($10.00 for students/seniors and FREE for TIFF Members). Film screenings are extra, but there’s a discounted package for $20.00 if you purchase one at the same time as your exhibit ticket (not including the 70mm shows). Group discounts are also available and a full list of movie dates and times can be located at

So what are you waiting for? Buy your tickets now and experience the life and work of one of cinematic art’s geniuses like never before.

[1] Stanley Kubrick during the filming of Killer’s Kiss (The Tiger of New York, USA 1955).
Credit: © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
[2] The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1980; GB/United States). The daughters of former caretaker Grady (Lisa and Louise Burns). © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
[3] Eyes Wide Shut, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1999; GB/United States).
[4] Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1963-64; GB/United States). The War Room. © Sony/Columbia Pictures Industries Inc.
[5] A Clockwork Orange, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1970-71; GB/United States). Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) and his droogs in the home of the writer, Mr. Alexander (Patrick Magee). © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
[6] 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1965 68; GB/United States). Stanley Kubrick on set during the filming. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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