Gene Wilder’s passing this week silenced one of the great personalities that could bring a little levity to a situation. This weekend, two Baltimore movie theaters are keeping the world of pure imagination alive by bringing him back on the big screen.
The Senator Theatre is set to screen “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” seven times from Friday-Sunday, complete with live music from Jim Jones. AMC Owings Mills is also set for a pair of screenings on Sept. 3 and 4 at 5 p.m.
The 1971 film was perhaps Wilder’s most famous role. Among the classic scenes is Wonka’s entrance, in which he walks with a limp, but ends in a graceful somersault. In one of the better anecdotes circulating this week, Letters of Note reports that the trickster touch was Wilder’s idea, and a condition of his participation in the film.
In notes on the costumes for the film, he wrote that he saw Wonka as, “Part of this world, part of another. A vain man who knows colors that suit him, yet, with all the oddity, has strangely good taste. Something mysterious, yet undefined.”
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