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December 30, 2016

Bryn Mawr Film Institute remembers Gene Wilder with special screenings

Keep your Saturday mornings free

Looking back on 2016, it's hard not to dwell on the loss of numerous superstars and legends. Prince, David Bowie, Gene Wilder and Carrie Fisher are only a few of the celebrities the year has claimed.

In January, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute will honor one of those famous figures. Three beloved Gene Wilder films will be screened at the theater, with tickets priced at $5 or less.

If you're feeling melancholy entering the new year, maybe Wilder's humor can cheer you up.

"The Producers"

In this 1968 film, Wilder plays an apprehensive accountant caught up in a get-rich-quick scheme. He and a theatrical producer played by Zero Mostel plan to put on a show guaranteed to flop, which would entitle them to keep the investors’ excess money.

The film won Mel Brooks an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, while Wilder was nominated for an Oscar for his performance.

Saturday, Jan. 7
11 a.m. | $4-$5 per person

"Young Frankenstein"

"It's pronounced 'Fronkensteen,'" according to Dr. Fredrick Frankenstein.

In this spoof of Mary Shelley’s gothic tale, Wilder plays the grandson of Victor Frankenstein. He wants to shed the notorious legend of his grandfather but soon finds himself continuing his ancestor's work.

Saturday, Jan. 21
11 a.m. | $4-$5 per person

"Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"

After finding a coveted golden ticket, Charlie Bucket wins an exclusive tour of Willy Wonka’s magical candy factory. Wilder plays Wonka in this big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story.

Wilder was nominated for a 1972 Golden Globe for his performance.

Saturday, Jan. 28
11 a.m. | $4-$5 per person

BONUS: "David Bowie is"

Before January ends, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute will also screen a tribute to David Bowie. 

The Victoria & Albert Museum's "David Bowie is" exhibition in London was the fastest selling in the museum's history. The exhibition featured original costumes, set designs, handwritten lyrics, photography, album artwork and Bowie's instruments.

In the film "David Bowie is," experts take audience members on a journey through the exhibition, sharing stories and insight.

Sunday, Jan. 29
1 p.m. | $10-$20 per person

The Bryn Mawr Film Institute is located at 824 Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.