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'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' to Screen
at UW-Eau Claire April 21-24

RELEASED: April 12, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Gene Wilder stars in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (1971), screening April 21-24 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The wry musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's story will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in Davies Theatre, and on Sunday in Schofield Auditorium.

The mysterious and reclusive Willy Wonka announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of his fantastic candy factory, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. No one wants the prize more than young Charlie (Peter Ostrum), a poor moppet who, along with four somewhat odious other children, gets the chance of a lifetime. Before the day arrives, the winning children are approached by a stranger who tempts them to steal the candy maker's secrets and become rich beyond their wildest dreams.

"For a children's film, 'Willy Wonka' is surprisingly malevolent, which is most of its fun," wrote The Onion A.V. Club. Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert called it "probably the best film of its sort since 'The Wizard of Oz' … delightful, funny, scary, exciting and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination."

The 100-minute film is rated G. Admission is $2 for International Film Society and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby. The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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