Wilder, who was born Jerome Silberman and who died Aug. 29 at age 83, “left behind a 50-year legacy of memorable roles and incredible comedic output” and “has shaped Jewish cinema for generations,” the festival said in announcing the quadruple feature.
The retrospective doesn’t include Wilder’s best film, Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” but features four iconic roles:
- Avram, a Polish rabbi wandering the Wild West on his way to a new congregation in San Francisco, in “The Frisco Kid” at noon.
- His best-known part, the candy man himself, Willy Wonka, in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at 2:45 p.m.
- Jim, the hard-drinking sidekick of the new black sheriff in town, in “Blazing Saddles” at 5:10 p.m.
- Leo Bloom, the accountant persuaded to join a scheme to get rich with a Broadway flop, in “The Producers” at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $11 for each film, or you can get a golden ticket and see all four movies for $36. Visit ajff.org/genewildertickets for tickets.