Pure Imagination: The Making of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Mel StuartI received Pure Imagination: The Making of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a Christmas gift, and after reading a Roald Dahl book, this seemed like a good followup.
A coffee table book with lots of pictures, this book provides a decent overview of one of the more whimsical movies of the early 1970s. Mel Stuart, the director, discusses the origin of the project (his daughter recommended the book to him), Dahls involvement (he wrote the first draft of the screenplay), and the casting of the characters, as well as a discussion of the sets and a little info on the special effects.
IMHO, this isnt a full, insider account of all youve ever wanted to know about the film, but its probably the closest were going to get. I would have liked to hear more from the actors themselves, as well as Dahls side of the story, for example. If you have the 30th anniversary edition of the movie on DVD, a lot of this material will sound familiar from the audio commentary... hmm... I wonder which came first?
Some of the behind the scenes info is interesting: Quaker Oats was the main finance source, seeing the movie as an advertising vehicle for a new candy offering, the Wonka bar. However, their R&D bogged down and they never actually made the candy! I did appreciate the where are they now information & photos of the child actors; Mike Teevee was probably the most recognizable of the children, something about the mischievous glint in his eyes, I think!
The writing was serviceable and the photo choices were quite good, with a mix of publicity shots and behind the scenes views... more concept sketches would have been welcome; I think the Art of [Pixar Animated Film] books have spoiled me!
Recommended as a library read or used book purchase for fans of the movie.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Played at the Capitol Theatre from January - July Willy Wonka is opening his marvellous and mysterious chocolate factory to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to sweeten with colour and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerising joyride through a world of pure imagination. Get ready for the Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, costumes and sets and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper! Last night CharlieAU celebrated 2? We have plenty of automation happening in CharlieAU, close to a dozen different set pieces that travel on to the stage via tracks.
One of our favorite movies is coming back to theatres. The showing is distributed by Fathom Events. It concerns Charlie Bucket, a poor boy who lives with his parents and his bedridden grandparents. He hears about a promotion at the Willy Wonka chocolate factory: five Wonka bars in the world will include golden tickets, entitling the holder to a tour of the factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate. Four tickets are found, and then a fifth one is reported to be found in Paraguay.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Open in Brisbane in March 2020
Upon the King! Let us our lives, Our souls, our debts, our careful wives, Our children, and our sins lay on the King. The quote from Shakespeare's Henry V sums up Mel Stuart's "interpretation of a director's responsibility Thirty-two years after Stuart's vision of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was released, the film continues to grow in popularity through television, videos, DVDs and websites. Stuart writes that though he has been a filmmaker for more than 40 years, Wonka "is the one work that has reached out to and been embraced by an enormous audience. Unlike most "making of" film books, Pure Imagination is straight from the maker's mouth, offering the intimacy of a director's own viewpoint. It's an excellent model for such books, striking a pleasant balance between the details of filmmaking processes described in orderly chapters — "Page to Screen," "Casting," "Shooting the Movie," etc.