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August 29, 2016

Comedic Genius Gene Wilder Dead at 83

Well, the sad thing was that he lost his wife Gilda Radner so early to cancer; living to 83 would be pretty nice, except for that sadness.

He talked this year about making Willy Wonka ("No, stop, go back") and Young Frankenstein (which he co-wrote with Mel Brooks).

In his honor, I'm going to watch Silver Streak this week, if I can find it. That to me was my first Hitchcock movie. I know it wasn't really Hitchcock, but it was plainly Hitchcockian, with its barely-plausible (but energetic) plot and mistaken identities and dead people coming back to life.

When I saw the Brooks Hitchcock parody "High Anxiety," I had no idea who Hitchcock was. What I figured out from that movie was "Oh I guess Hitchcock made movies like Silver Streak."

To this day I still want to ride in the sleeper car of a train, and that's less because of James Bond or Murder on the Orient Express than it is because of Silver Streak.

Great movie. I'm hearing the soundtrack in my head as I write this.


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