Pure Imagination: The Making of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Paperback
You can rediscover the magic of one of the World's favourite films, with a glorious companion to the original Willy Wonka movie, penned by its director and packed with lavish photographs. Ever since Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was released over 30 years ago, millions of viewers have fallen in love with this unforgettable movie based on the classic novel by Roald Dahl. Featuring an epochal performance by Gene Wilder as the eponymous Willy Wonka (who can ever forget his remarkable self-scripted entrace?), genre-making pre-Spielberg special effects and insane production design, the film was an instant hit, gathering legions of fans from moviegoers the world over. With more than 100 colour photographs of the production - most of which have never been published - and heaps of behind-the-scenes insights, Pure Imagination is a must-have for Wonka devotees old and new. The first book ever written about the original film, it describes the pitfalls, successes and moments of inspired madness that enabled Mel Stuart and his team to bring one of the greatest children's books ever written to life on the big screen. It includes an overview of critical responses to the film throughout the past 30 years and a where are they now section.