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Hot Docs 2018: The Trolley in the Toronto Star

“A new IMAX film by director Stephen Low doesn’t feature a chase, but it goes one better by making Toronto’s streetcars the main character.

The Trolley, a documentary making its world premiere as part of the Hot Docs festival, offers a grand-scale bit of mythologizing of the rumbling, dinging, swooshing rail cars we all know so well.

The film takes on the history of the rise and fall and eventual comeback of streetcars as a widespread, everyday form of travel in North America, Europe, and around the world. Its oversimplified and sometimes heavy-handed narrative offers the streetcar as a hero, cars (and subways) as villains, and Toronto as the Edenic setting where the otherwise extinct light rail vehicles never stopped thriving.”

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