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The Gene Wilder Movie You Should Watch Tonight (Hint: No Oompa Loompas)

The Gene Wilder Movie You Should Watch Tonight (Hint: No Oompa Loompas)

Today the River Styx flows with chocolate, for Gene Wilder has died. Of course, most people will remember him for Wonka, or for his three masterpieces with Mel Brooks, or for the Richard Pryor buddy capers. But if you stream one film tonight in his honor, make it The Woman In Red. Stay with me, now. Wilder not only starred in but wrote and directed the 1984 comedy, about a married businessman who’s bored with his life and becomes obsessed with a beautiful stranger. It’s actually a remake of the 1976 French film Pardon Mon Affaire. A ballsy move from the beginning: for his directorial debut, he chose to adapt an obscure French film. He got Stevie Wonder to produce the soundtrack album, which, say what you will about the saccharine Oscar winner “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” was a pretty good get considering Wonder’s incredible run through the ‘70s. To cap it off, Wilder cast Kelly LeBrock in her first film role. That’s right: without Gene Wilder, the road to Weird…

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