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NME Afterprint: Remembering Gene


Whether you adored his roles in The Producers, Willy Wonka, or Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Gene Wilder has left us with unforgettable performances. The new documentary, "Remembering Gene," allows us to reminisce about why he was so exceptional and why many mourn his absence deeply.


"Remembering Gene" is a heartfelt homage to Gene Wilder, honoring his life and legacy as the comedic mastermind behind a remarkable array of film characters, Including his successful collaborations with Mel Brooks in iconic films such as The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles, to his dynamic on-screen chemistry with Richard Pryor in movies like Silver Streak, to his unforgettable portrayal of the enigmatic chocolatier in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.


In addition to his illustrious career, the film also delves into the personal moments of Gene Wilder's life, such as his Jewish upbringing in Milwaukee, his marriage to Gilda Radner, and his battle with Alzheimer's in his later years. The documentary gives heartwarming, humorous clips, outtakes from some of his iconic films, and never-before-seen home videos. It also features narration by Wilder himself from his memoir audiobook, along with insightful interviews with his close friends and collaborators, including Mel Brooks, Alan Alda, Carol Kane, and his widow Karen Boyer Wilder. Through these intimate glimpses into his life, "Remembering Gene Wilder" highlights the multifaceted talent and genuine warmth of Gene Wilder, a beloved figure cherished by all who knew him.


"Remembering Gene Wilder" is a heartfelt and poignant tribute to the iconic actor, celebrating his life and legacy as a comedic genius. It truly captures the essence of this beloved performer, writer, and director. It is a must-watch for fans and admirers of Gene Wilder's work.


"Remembering Gene Wilder" opens in New York on March 15th and in Los Angeles on March 22nd, with national expansion to follow, including a screening at The Guild Cinema on April 5th-8th in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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