Toronto's Bell Lightbox unveils attractions

Exhibition focused on 'Essential 100' influential movies

TORONTO -- Robert De Niro's cab license used to research his role in "Taxi Driver" and original "Gone With The Wind" storyboards will be among the first public attractions at Bell Lightbox, the Toronto International Film Festival's year-round home to launch Sept. 12.

TIFF organizers on Wednesday unveiled the first film programs and exhibitions at Bell Lightbox, to revolve around an Essential 100 list of the most influential movies of all time.

That movie league table is topped by Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928 silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc," followed in second place Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" and Michaelangelo Antonioni's "L'Avventura."

TIFF experts and film audiences were polled to draw up the best all-time film list to help launch TIFF's year-round home on the first weekend of the upcoming Toronto film festival.

Also to bow in September at Bell Lightbox are four film installations, "Hauntings I and II" by Guy Maddin, "81⁄2 Screens" by Atom Egoyan, "E-100" by James Andean and Francois Xavier Saint-Pierre and "Essential Titles" by Barr Gilmore.

They will be part of the Essential Cinema film programs and exhibitions to unfold at Bell Lightbox this fall, to include costumes, film stills, posters and film clips from all 100 films on the Essential 100 list.

Bell Lightbox, nearly a decade in the making, will house five cinemas, gallery and learning spaces, and TIFF staff offices.

This year's Toronto International Film Festival is to run from Sept. 9 to 19.
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