Reel Toronto: Amelia
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Reel Toronto: Amelia

Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city.
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Remember when all these Oscar winners got together and came to Toronto to film their sure-to-be classic biography of Amelia Earhart? What?! You don’t remember Amelia? It only came out last year! In time for this year’s Oscars, even! Still nothing? Yeah, we pretty much missed it, too, which only goes to show that while this fair town hosts more than its share of B-movies we have some nice A-movies gone wrong as well.


As you likely know, even if you never saw this movie (and odds are you haven’t), Amelia Earhart was a pioneering aviator who mysteriously disappeared in 1937. This gives Toronto a shot at getting its 1930s New York freak on.
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Ticker tape parades take place in New York along Broadway, which is a fair bit broader than the streets in our financial district.
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The parade ends when they pull up at Commerce Court.
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Last time Richard Gere was here it was for Chicago, which had about as good a pedigree, but did a far better job buying winning Oscar gold. This time, he lives in style out at Oshawa’s Parkwood mansion, which we’ve seen a lot of, particularly as the original X-Mansion exteriors.
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Amelia shows more of its lovely muralled interiors.
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Another of our very popular locations is the quad at U of T’s Knox College, in which (among other things), the Hulk went wild, and Harold and Kumar hung out.
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Y’all should know by now it’s impossible to make a movie here that’s set in the 1930s without filming at the super lovely Carlu.
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If you’re gonna be flying planes, you’re going to need an airport, right? Playing the role of New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport is our own Billy Bishop City Centre Airport.
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Earhart makes a grand speech at this lovely theatre, actually the Elgin.
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The ballroom at the Royal York is just as purty.
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Union Station looks virtually nothing like New York’s Grand Central Terminal, so this caption probably isn’t fooling anyone…
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…but the interiors look like maaaaybe they could be in Grand Central, perhaps.
The movie’s kind of boring and about half as good as the people making it seemed to think it would be…but at least it’s educational.

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