AJFF presents Gene Wilder retrospective

LONDON – JUNE 06: Actors Gene Wilder (R) and John Gordon Sinclair pose on the steps of The Producers’ theatrical home, the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on June 6, 2005 in London, England. The stars played the role of the current and former Leo Bloom, with Wilder starring in the 1968 film version and Sinclair presently on the West End stage acting the same role. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)

Gene Wilder had a way with a certain type of character.

He turned an eccentric candyman and a mad scientist into some of the most memorable roles moviegoers have seen.

Wilder died last month at age 83 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, but this week, fans of the actor/comedian can enjoy a full day screening featuring four of his classic films.

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On Sept. 18 at Lefont Sandy Springs, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) remembers Wilder with a retrospective beginning at noon with The Frisco Kid.

The film will be followed by Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (complete with complimentary Everlasting Gobstoppers) at 2:45 p.m., Blazing Saddles at 5:10 p.m., and The Producers at 7:30 p.m..

Photos: Gene Wilder through the years

“Gene Wilder left an indelible impact on Jewish cinema and the entertainment world,” says AJFF Executive Director Kenny Blank in a statement. “We remember his comic genius by bringing back some favorite Gene Wilder films as they were meant to be experienced: on the big screen, and with the joy and laughter that can only come from watching a movie with an audience.”

Tickets for individual screenings are $11. You can also get a special Golden Ticket offer for all four screenings at the reduced price of $36.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit ajff.org/genewildertickets.

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