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Willy Wonka Director Mel Stuart Dies At 83

10 August 2012 11:10 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Mel Stuart, an award-winning documentarian and producer, died Thursday night at the age of 83. In addition to making documentaries like The Making of the President 1960 (which won and Emmy) and Four Days in November, he directed the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Odds are you saw Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when you were far too young to understand that someone had directed it-- when you're a kid you accept the reality of a film for what it is, and figure that if anyone is in charge, it's got to be Willy Wonka. But Stuart pulled off the amazing feat of handing over a film to a character as wild and unpredictable as Gene Wilder's Wonka, but telling the story of the five kids who enter his factory anyway, especially Charlie. Willy Wonka maintains the dark whimsy of Roald Dahl's book, but also one-ups »

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Willy Wonka Direct Mel Stuart Dies At 83

10 August 2012 11:10 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Mel Stuart, an award-winning documentarian and producer, died Thursday night at the age of 83. In addition to making documentaries like The Making of the President 1960 (which won and Emmy) and Four Days in November, he directed the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Odds are you saw Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when you were far too young to understand that someone had directed it-- when you're a kid you accept the reality of a film for what it is, and figure that if anyone is in charge, it's got to be Willy Wonka. But Stuart pulled off the amazing feat of handing over a film to a character as wild and unpredictable as Gene Wilder's Wonka, but telling the story of the five kids who enter his factory anyway, especially Charlie. Willy Wonka maintains the dark whimsy of Roald Dahl's book, but also one-ups »

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'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' Director Mel Stuart Has Died

10 August 2012 10:35 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Though Bob Hoskins retiring due to being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease was certainly some sad news, this hits just as close to my childhood heart. The Washington Post reports director Mel Stuart, responsible for the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, has passed away at 83-years old after battling with cancer. In addition to directing that childhood favorite of mine, Stuart also leaves behind the legacy of documentary films such as The Making of the President 1960 (which won an Emmy) and the Academy Award nominated Four Days in November. More below. Stuart also followed presidential campaigns with a documentarian's eye on the campaigns from 1964 and 1968, in addition to lensing Wattstax, following the music festival of the same name and the aftermath of riots in the community in 1965. Other documentary features included work for PBS as part of their "American Masters" »

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Willy Wonka Director Mel Stuart Dead at 83

10 August 2012 7:32 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Filmmaker Mel Stuart, best known for directing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died last night in Beverly Hills, his daughter announced today. He was 83. Stuart spent most of his career producing and directing documentaries, and he was nominated for an Oscar in 1965 for his film Four Days in November. He won an Emmy in 1964 for producing The Making of the President 1960, and was nominated four more times over the course of his career. Stuart produced more than 50 films and TV shows, and his most recent work was 2005's PBS Pov special The Hobart Shakespeareans. »

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