Remembering Gene Wilder
Saturday, February 24 ● 7:30 PM
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
THE BIG SATURDAY NIGHT CELEBRATION OF JEWISH FILM
Includes a conversation with the film’s director, Ron Frank, followed by a dessert and champagne reception
Director Ron Frank ● 92 min ● United States ● 2023 ● English
Born Jerome Silberman to an assimilated Milwaukee Jewish family, his childhood buddies called him Jerry—but the world would come to know him as Gene Wilder. The endearing comic genius starred in an extraordinary string of film roles, from the timid Leo Bloom in Mel Brooks’ The Producers to the strange and magical title role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, to the comedy classics of Blazing Saddles, The Frisco Kid, and Young Frankenstein. Now, in this affectionate and touching biographical documentary, the full measure of Wilder’s gifts is on display, not only as a comedic actor but as a writer, director, and mensch.
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