Friday, January 2, 2009

The Five Most Important Shakespeare Allusions in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Dir. Mel Stuart. Perf. Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, and Peter Ostrum. 1971. DVD. Warner Home Video, 2005.

The Thanksgiving Family Movie Night Feature (Doctor Dolittle) reminded me of the large number of literary allusions in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I gathered them together in this annotated video clip; you will first see the quotation and then you'll hear the allusion. “Allusion” is the appropriate term—they are not always quotations. You'll see statements turned into queries, you'll find omissions, and you'll discover rewordings, but there's a wonderfully pervasive sense of the Shakespearean in the film as a whole and in these clips in particular:

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