Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Universal Gobstopper


"Hey CJB,

No need to be wary of rewatching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for fear of it not holding up. It remains a thing of incomparable wonder.

I've probably seen it upwards of 10 times since I was a kid, and every viewing reveals something new. The faith on the part of the filmmakers in children's intelligence, the courage to show real poverty in Charlie's family, and most of all Wilder's performance as a creature of bewildering complexity; light one minute, dark the next.

1:40 - 2:15 in the clip [above] is one of the most moving moments in all of cinema."

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