Come and see the dark side – Polish style.
TIFF’s new home, the Bell Lightbox, opened to rave reviews and much hype just over a week ago. The slick new building includes a couple of restaurants, cinemas, screening rooms, learning centres, a gift shop and gallery spaces.
To kick things off, TIFF has put together the Essential Cinema exhibition.
Free to the public, this art show is inspired by the Essential 100 list. The list consists of 100 top films in cinema as selected by TIFF experts and audience votes.
Included in the exhibition are objects, posters, photographs, and artworks from the films making up that list.
Among them is the original Polish poster for George Lucas’ 1977 sci-fi masterpiece Star Wars which is number 30 on the list.
The poster is on loan from the Wilanów Poster Museum in Warsaw and made its way to Toronto with help from the Polish Consulate and YouNxt who organized a successful Polish film poster exhibition which coincided with TIFF.
If you haven’t already seen the Essential 100 exhibition then make sure to check it out – it’s terrific. And other than the fabulous Polish poster for Star Wars you can see such items as:
- Robert De Niro’s cab license, used while researching his role in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver
- Original storyboards from Gone With the Wind depicting the evacuation of Atlanta
- Atom Egoyan: 8½ Screens – an interesting showcase of clips from Fellini’s 8½.
- Douglas Gordon: 24 Hour Psycho Back and Forth and To and Fro – a dual-channel video installation which consists of two side-by-side projections of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho
Also, for those interested in horror films. Canadian director David Cronenberg will be on hand on September 23rd to introduce his cult-favourite Videodrome (#89 on the Essential 100)