Cinema J: Remembering Gene Wilder

Cinema J: Remembering Gene Wilder

Starts May 21, 2024 - Ends May 23, 2024
1:30 PM & 7:00 PM

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English | Documentary | USA, 2023 | 92 minutes

Few comedic actors have left a more indelible mark on our culture than Gene Wilder, whose performances in such classics as The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and Silver Streak made him one of the most beloved stars of his era.

This enrapturing and heartfelt documentary takes a close look at the life and career of this American original, from his Jewish upbringing in Milwaukee, to his early stage work, to his breakthrough collaborations with Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor, to his marriage to Gilda Radner and beyond. Using a variety of touching and hilarious clips and outtakes; never-before-seen home movies; narration from Wilder’s audiobook memoir; and interviews from a roster of brilliant collaborators including Mel Brooks, Alan Alda, Carol Kane, Harry Connick Jr., Rain Pryor, Karen Wilder (Gene’s wife), and Peter Ostrum, who portrayed Charlie in one of Gene’s most memorable roles, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Ron Frank’s film shines a light on an essential performer, writer, director, and all-around mensch.

Choose from two Screenings:

Cinema J @ Leisure World
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 | 1:30 PM | $10
Clubhouse II, 3300 N. Leisure World Blvd., Silver Spring, MD 20906

Cinema J @ The Bender JCC
Thursday, May 23, 2024 | 7:00 PM | $12
Kreeger Auditorium, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD

Questions? Contact Frieda or Lindsay at 301.348.3832, or email

All Bender JCC programs are open to everyone. Contact Kate Falls, Director of Inclusion, at or 301.348.3767 to discuss support and accommodations.