T.R. Devlin, and Katharine Hepburn's Bunny Watson as one of my favorite things to watch. Young Frankenstein came from the mind of Wilder and I adore him so much for it. He wanted a happy ending for Mary Shelley's creations and with Mel Brooks, he made one of the most lovingly crafted homages in history. You can read more of my thoughts on the film here.
this 2005 interview with Katie Couric. Entertainment Weekly compiled a fantastic list of quotes Radner and Wilder said about one another that you can read here.
Since learning about Wilder's death Monday afternoon, I've been thinking about him a lot. I've been reading many tributes and articles, including this one about his work with Richard Pryor, and I've been watching tons of YouTube videos. I finally saw Stir Crazy and Silver Streak, his first two films with Pryor, and I pre-ordered the newest DVD release of Haunted Honeymoon, a hilarious film that he did with Gilda, in addition to writing and directing it. Seeing him on the screen reaffirms that I'm going to miss him deeply, but I have to keep in mind this statement released by his nephew when his death was reported:
"The decision to wait to disclose his condition [Alzheimer's disease] wasn't vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him 'There's Willy Wonka' would not have to then be exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment, or confusion. He simply couldn't bear the idea of one less smile in the world." [source]
That last sentence absolutely broke my heart, but it reinforces what Gene was all about: love and laughter. To cry any more -- and yes, I've been doing it quite a bit -- would be exactly what he didn't want, so instead, in the next few days, I'm going to continue diving into his filmography because I know that's where I'll find all of the smiles I could ever need.
With all of my love and more,