Critic's Notebook: Gene Wilder, the Mad Hatter Who Turned Off-Screen Neurosis Into Comedy Gold

August 30, 2016 2:43 AM

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Critic's Notebook: Gene Wilder, the Mad Hatter Who Turned Off-Screen Neurosis Into Comedy Gold

Wilder's work with Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor, Woody Allen and more made him one of the comedy titans of his generation.

Gene Wilder was the Mad Hatter of American screen comedy. He could make you laugh without even moving, his beatific half-smile always shading into a sinister smirk, his soft-spoken manner a flimsy mask for the whirling maelstrom of mischief beneath. With his radiant blue eyes, explosion of frizzy ha...

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