Pure Imagination:Mel Stuart with Josh Young
The Making of Willy Wonka and the
From Amazon.com - A compendium of facts, photos, film stills, and personal anecdotes concerning the creation of the movie Roger Ebert called "probably the best film of its sort since The Wizard of Oz." Stuart explains the role Roald Dahl played in the film, who the candidates for the role of Willy Wonka were (besides Gene Wilder), how the whimsical set-from the chocolate river to Mike Teevee's TV room-was created, what went into Violet Beauregarde's blueberry costume and more. Stuart also provides an intriguing look at special effects in the pre-Spielbergian early 1970s, an overview of critics' responses and a "where are they now" section.
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