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Ellesmere and Morningside

Stereo (1969)
Exterior Canadian Academy of Erotic Enquiry
Ellesmere and Morningside

Cronenberg’s Stereo, largely regarded as the director’s first feature, was rejected by the pre-screening committee of the 1969 Canadian Film Awards on the grounds that it was not a feature, but an experimental film. Stereo’s Canadian Academy of Erotic Enquiry is actually the University of Toronto Scarborough campus’ Andrews Building. Named for its designer, John Andrews, the building’s brutalist architecture provides a stark, cold setting for the film, in which an unseen Dr. Luther Stringfellow conducts sexual experiments, which allow his test subjects to reach new levels of consciousness.

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The University of Toronto's Andrews Building served as a location in Stereo. The brutalist concrete facades of the Canadian Academy of Erotic Enquiry contributed to the eerie atmosphere in Stereo.

Stereo, 1969
Courtesy of David Cronenberg
This contemporary image shows that the University of Toronto's Andrews Building looks much the same as it did in Stereo. The Andrews Building on the U of T Scarborough campus seen in this present-day photo was a key location in Stereo.

Photographer: Geoffrey Gunn, Neil Haapamaki
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