Where It All Began 'Pour Moi'
No, this isn't where the seed of my cinephilia first found purchase, it was merely the first movie I'd ever seen; Mel Stuart's "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory".
I was a mere lad of six when I was taken to see this by my parents, so I knew nothing of performances and cinematography, none of that. The only thing I remember about my reaction when I first saw it was that I liked it, but it was a little bit scary; those still creepy (and annoying) Oompa-Loompas, the weird looking Wonka Factory, plus (though I could hardly have given it words) the overall atmosphere of . . . moral squalor that pervades a lot of the film. Still, I liked it (now I think it's damn near a masterpiece, though a considerably flawed one). I probably saw a lot of other movies as a tyke, but this is the only one that stayed with me, mostly because it was so friggin' nasty in places; like some echoes of the less savory parts of the adult world that nobody asked for creeping into a Children's entertainment.
I have no doubt I wondered if all movies were gonna be like this. If i'd resolved then to stop seeing them . . . ah, how so much would have been different.
This was posted by Tom Sutpen