SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018 11am: WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971, dir by Mel Stuart; 35mm Warner Brothers)
If you needed yet more proof that Gene Wilder is a national treasure, you would need look no further than his show-stopping performance as Willy Wonka in this 1971 musical of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book. Only rarely has an actor delivered such a dynamic, blow-the-walls out, scenery-chewing yet deeply heartfelt performance as Wilder does here as the reclusive mysterious candy maker, Willy Wonka, who, after years of hiding from the public and keeping cameras out of his magical chocolate factory, suddenly offers 5 internationally sought-out golden tickets to enter his mysterious realm. And meet him personally!
The five winners are hilariously nasty portraits of spoiled children from gluttonous Augustus Gloop to demanding “I want it all and I want it now” Veruca Salt to crass gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde to TV-addicted Mike Teevee. Sticking out like a humble vagabond at a high society party is hard-working Charlie Buckett, who has brought his Grandpa Joe for this once in a lifetime tour of Wonka’s factory.
Each child is offered a tremendous riches beyond their wildest imagination by evil competitor Arthur Slugworth if they will bring him Wonka’s newest invention-the ever-lasting gobstopper, a candy that supposedly never loses its delicious flavor.
Willy Wonka is one of those rare movies where all the elements-from the story to the performances to the musical numbers to the production design-all work beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. It is an entire generation’s definition of a CLASSIC CHILDREN’S MOVIE.
As the children and Willy Wonka progress through his factory and the children slowly break the rules and receive hilariously appropriate comeuppances, Wonka’s employees, the ironic stone-faced Oompa-Loompas sing about the dangers of being a spoiled brat. Will good-hearted Charlie make it out of the factory or will he reveal himself to be just as spoiled and ungrateful as the other golden-ticket holders?
Come see one of the greatest family musicals ever made.
35mm Secret Movie Club Programmer.Organizer
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