So many great flicks.
Among his many accomplishments, he inadvertently provided the internet’s best.meme.ever.
R.I.P. Gene Wilder
A class act;)
Sucks but he left a lot of great work for the future to enjoy. That’s more than most of us can lay claim to.
Before there was Blazing Catfur, there was Blazing Saddles. Sad to hear of his passing.
One of my faves;)
A sad, sad day. My faves were The Producers and The Frisco Kid.
All were good, some just better than others;)
One of my favorite moments from “Young Frankenstein” was his arrival on the train. “Pardon me, boy, is this the Transylvania station?” “Ya, track 29. Vould you like a shine?” Gene will be missed.
He always made me laugh.
Sorry to see him go but I thought that he died years ago.
That was Gilda.
Quite LITERALLY grew up a fan of Gene Wilder’s.
“Faster than a rolling O, stronger than silent E, able to leap capital T with a single bound. It’s a word…it’s a plan…it’s…Letterman.”
My Dad, who passed away a few weeks ago, was a HUGE Mel Brooks fan, and Young Frankenstein was one of our family faves.
As parents, my husband and I have introduced our boys to YF, Willy Wonka, and…yes…Blazing Saddles.
RIP Waco Kid.
Everyone has gone away Can you hear me? Can you hear me? No one cared enough to stay Can you hear me? Can you hear me? You must remember me old man I know that you can if you try So just open up your eyes, old man Look who’s come to say goodbye
The sun has left the sky, old man The birds have flown away And no one came to cry, old man Goodbye, old man, goodbye
You want to stay, I know you do But it ain’t no use to try ‘Cause I’ll be here-and I’m just like you Goodbye, old man, goodbye
Won’t be no God to comfort you You taught me not to believe that lie You don’t need anybody Nobody needs you Don’t cry, old man, don’t cry Everybody dies
I remember the Cinema where I saw this movie because it was just South of where i had moved to in 1971 and was across the street from my part-time job building which was a good job that paid my way through High School . I had first thought that I paid full price for a Movie that was in B&W , but then I saw how it was a comedy version of the B&W well known Frankenstein .
Once it was over …. the B&W made sense because the make-up and colours would be so loud that the story would get lost and it seem like a Coloured Version of the movie with spaced gags to qualify as a comedy.
He could not have been 83, Young Frankenstein was made just what, 5 or 6 years ago? There must be some mistake.
Here’s an interesting insight into Gene: http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/212030/gene-wilder-dead-at-83-the-comedic-icon-once-said-do-unto-others-as-you-would-have-them-do-unto-you
Of course in typical anti-Semitic Toronto Star fashion – there was no mention that he was Jewish but rather that his father was Russian and his mother was Polish.
Thanks for posting these two pieces. The Tablet article was fascinating in its discussion of how he prepared for his role in the Frisco Kid (my all-time favourite). After I heard of his death on the radio I spent a good part of the afternoon watching the first half of the movie and shed a couple of tears. He was brilliant
As for The Star piece, much as I despise The Star, I wouldn’t label it’s omission of Wilder’s Jewishness as anti-semitic (it was written by a writer named Cohen) as much as it represents part of a wider trend — for some time now — to de-judaize the Jew, most often by the efforts of Jews themselves
A few years ago, a descendant of the Bucovetsky family wrote an article for the National Post on the 100th anniversary of their famous department store in Timmins. The Bucovetskys were a vital part of a cadre of Jewish pioneers in northern Ontario and northern Quebec. The most amazing part of the article was the fact that nowhere did it mention that the Bucoetskys were Jewish. So, are you really surprised that Ms. Cohen did not mention the fact that his Russian-born father and Polish descended mother were Jews?
That is what I have to say.