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Gene Wilder film tribute at the Enzian in January

Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 11:34 am

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

As a tribute to the late magnificent actor, comedian, and writer, Enzian will be showcasing some of Gene Wilder’s most beloved films this January and honoring him all month long. The celebration includes screenings of Blazing Saddles, Jan. 10; Young Frankenstein, Jan. 14;

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Jan. 22 and Stir Crazy, Jan. 24. All screenings are at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, except for The Producers, which will be a free lawn screening at Central Park in Winter Park. The free screening is at 7 p.m.

Also, the screening of Willy Wonka will be free to kids 12 and under. That screening is at the Enzian at noon, Jan. 22.

Matthew Curtis, Programming Director of Enzian and the Florida Film Festival, remarked, “With a unique blend of manic energy and world-weary melancholy, Gene Wilder was a great comic actor and magnetic performer who left his mark on American film for a generation. Enzian is proud to celebrate his body of work by screening five of his most enduring classics” For more information on all screenings and the Enzian, go to ww.enzian.org.

Here at the details on the upcoming films:

BLAZING SADDLES

Tuesday, January 10th at 9:30PM

In 35mm!

In this satirical take on Westerns, crafty railroad worker Bart (Cleavon Little) becomes the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge, a frontier town about to be destroyed in order to make way for a new railroad. Initially, the people of Rock Ridge harbor a racial bias toward their new leader. However, they warm to him after realizing that Bart and his perpetually drunk gunfighter friend (Gene Wilder) are the only defense against a wave of thugs sent to rid the town of its population.

USA, 1974, 93 minutes, Rated R, Directed by Mel Brooks

Popcorn Flicks in the Park: THE PRODUCERS

Thursday, January 12th at 7PM | FREE in Central Park!

This film is a part of our Popcorn Flicks series, which takes place in Central Park, Winter Park once a month and it’s FREE and open to the public!

50th Anniversary screening!

Down and out producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel), who was once the toast of Broadway, trades sexual favors with old ladies for cash contributions. Max’s new accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), offhandedly muses that if Max found investors for a new production that turned into a flop, he could legally keep all the extra money. The duo begins to put together the worst play possible, titled “Springtime for Hitler”, with a terrible director and a hippie-freak star.

USA, 1967, 88 minutes, Rated PG, Directed by Mel Brooks

Saturday Matinee Classics: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

Saturday, January 14th at 12PM

In this spoof of Mary Shelley’s gothic tale, the grandson of Victor Frankenstein, a neurosurgeon, has spent his life living down the legend of his grandfather, even changing the pronunciation of his name. When he discovers his grandfather’s diary, he begins to feel differently, and returns to the family castle to satisfy his curiosity by replicating his ancestor’s experiments. In the process, he creates one very unique monster.

USA, 1974, 106 minutes, Rated PG, Directed by Mel Brooks

Peanut Butter Matinee Family Film: WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Sunday, January 22nd at 12PM | FREE for kids 12 & under!

Presented by Dorman Financial Management

The last of five coveted “golden tickets” falls into the hands of a sweet but very poor boy. He and his grandpa then get a tour of the strangest chocolate factory in the world. The owner leads five young winners on a thrilling and often dangerous tour of his factory. Based on Roald Dahl’s children’s classic “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

USA, 1971, 100 minutes, Rated G, Directed by Mel Stuart

Cult Classics: STIR CRAZY

Tuesday, January 24th at 9:30PM

In 35mm!

In Collaboration with Zora! Festival

Enzian is proud to present Stir Crazy in collaboration with the 2017 ZORA! Festival, and the Society to Preserve Eatonville. Directed by Sidney Poitier, the groundbreaking Academy Award winner for Best Actor, Stir Crazy is the first film directed by an African-American to earn more than $100 million at the box office. Please arrive promptly for a presentation by the ZORA! Festival on the historical significance of the film, its director, and the week’s ZORA! Festival events.

Presentation begins at 9:30PM

Film begins at 9:45PM