Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Why Gene Wilder Was Special

This week we morn the passing of Gene Wilder.  I always thought Gene Wilder was funny - really funny.  Though I didn't really enjoy the film version of The Producers, Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles are great movies. In the case of Blazing Saddles, I do not think that this movie could be made today - it attacks bigotry so directly as to offend every person and group.  Wilder is simply hilarious.

Although not great movies, I really also enjoyed Silver Streak (with Richard Pryor) and The Frisco Kid (with Harrison Ford).  Buddy movies seemed to really bring out the best in Gene Wilder.  Also, both movies are travel comedies.  Silver Streak is a train movie and The Frisco Kid is a movie about a Rabbi from Poland (Wilder) who teams up with a bandit (Ford) who needs to get from Philadelphia to San Francisco to join his new congregation.

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