IMPORTANT UPDATE: Though this screening is FREE, attendees are required to have a ticket (one free ticket per person) which will be distributed at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theatre's boxoffice AT 10am, but it is highly recommended you arrive EARLIER because of the interest in this free showing. I verified with the Museum that tickets will NOT be available in advance prior to this screening date.
Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-De-Do!!! UCLA Film Archives presents this rare, big screen FREE 35mm (real film, not digital) showing of this modern day 1971 classic WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. [Note since this is a FREE screening and the Wilder Theatre is not that large, you should arrive at least an hour and 15 minutes early or risk possibly not getting in].
Many of you know the story and have seen this film many times--but likely NEVER on the big screen--as it will be shown with "Pure Imagination" at this late Sunday morning screening which will be followed by brunch/lunch at a nearby Westwood Village restaurant. Though food is not permitted in the Wilder Theatre, if you promise to not make a mess, Jono might share some of the gourmet chocolates that he is planning to sneak in!
No offense to either Johnny Depp or Tim Burton, but Jono feels that as wonderful as that recent remake was, it cannot light a candle next to the portrayal of Gene Wilder as the original Willy Wonka--who infused a unique combination of "edgy, quirky warmth" which was lacking in Depp's recent characterization. Other than Wilder, the other true star of the movie is its elaborate, crazy and colorful production design by art director Harper Goff. And what few of you likely know is that Goff was the famous art director/production designer who also was responsible for the visual impact of the following other memorable, classic movies: THE ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN, CASABLANCA, 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and many others.
Most of you all know the story, BUT some major trivia you probably do not know...
The film which was mostly filmed in Munich, Germany (in the same soundstages where Liza Minelli's CABARET was next filmed) was originally financed by the Quaker Oats Company. They hoped to tie it to a new candy bar they intended to bring on the market. When the film was released, the company began marketing its "Wonka" chocolate bars. Unfortunately, an error in the chocolate formula caused the bars to melt too easily, even while on the shelf, and so they were taken off the market. Quaker sold the brand to St. Louis-based Sunline, Inc. (which later became part of Nestlé via Rowntree) not long after this; Sunline was able to make the brand a success, and Wonka-branded candy (most of which isn't chocolate-based) is still available in the USA. Although the book this movie was based on was called 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', the movie was renamed to promote this candy tie-in.
BRIEF BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO CLIP WEBLINK:
BEHIND THE SCENES STILL PHOTOS FROM THE MOVIE:
Parking: Flat rate $3 parking is available at the Hammer Museum underground parking structure where you can also leave your car if you stay for brunch.