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Pure Imagination: The Making of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Who were the music makers and who were the dreamers of dreams? Director Mel Stuart (writing with EW contributor Young) lets readers in on all the delicious and vermicious details behind the beloved 1971 screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s equally beloved children’s classic. Among the morsels: Hitler aide Martin Bormann’s role (his picture is displayed on a newscast), Oompa Loompa racial issues, and the challenges of building an edible room. (Seems a river of chocolate, however whimsically conceived, doesn’t smell fresh for long.) And naturally, there’s the walking special effect that is Gene Wilder: Stuart explains what went into the making of the frizzy funnyman’s most indelible role — and how early candidate Joel Grey very nearly got to wilkommen the Golden Ticket-holders to Wonka-dom.