World Film Locations: Toronto

Edited by Tom Ue

Edited by Tom Ue

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

128 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9781783201952 Published April 2014
Toronto is a changing city that has been a source of reflection and inspiration to writers and artists whose work focuses on the conditions and prospects of human life. A city on the move, it demands policies and regulation, and it offers the pleasures and perils of the massive and the anonymous. As a site of study, the city is inherently multidisciplinary, with natural ties to history, geography, sociology, architecture, art history, literature, and many other fields.

World Film Locations: Toronto explores and reveals the relationship between the city and cinema using a predominately visual approach. The juxtaposition of the images used in combination with insightful essays helps to demonstrate the role that the city has played in a number of hit films, including Cinderella ManAmerican Psycho, and X-Men and encourages the reader to frame an understanding of Toronto and the world around us. The contributors trace Toronto’s emergence as an international city and demonstrate the narrative interests that it has continued to inspire among filmmakers, both Canadian and international.

With support from experts in Canadian studies, the book’s selection of films successfully shows the many facets of Toronto and also provides insider’s access to a number of sites that are often left out of scholarship on Toronto in films, such as the Toronto International Film Festival. The 2014 release of this attractive volume will be a particularly welcome addition to the international celebrations of the city’s 180th anniversary.
Contents

Toronto: City of the Imagination

Tom Ue

 

Raw Youth

Steve Gravestock

 

Scenes 1-6

1966-1984

 

The Yonge Street Strip

Steve Gravestock

 

Scenes 7-12

1984-1995

 

Distilling Toronto History: How a Victorian Industrial Site Became a Hollywood Backlot

David Fleischer

 

Scenes 13-18

1998-2000

 

The Toronto New Wave

Steve Gravestock

 

Scenes 19-24

2000-2002

At Home in Toronto: Houses and Apartments that Signify the City

Richard Dennis

 

Scenes 25-30

2002-2004

 

Everywhere and Nowhere: David Cronenberg’s Toronto

David Fleischer

 

Scenes 31-37

2005-2009

 

The Anonymous Metropolis

David Fleischer

 

Scenes 38-44

2010-2013

 

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the City

Piers Handling

 

Backpages

Resources

Contributor Bios

Filmography

 

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