Doha Film Institute

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

DFI Cinema - Doha Film Institute

Mel Stuart / United States of America / 1971 / 100 min / Colour / DCP2K / In English / Arabic subtitles
Themes : Adaptation, Adventure, Family
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, the beloved children’s book by Roald Dahl, comes to glorious life in this 1971 adaptation. Scripted by Dahl himself and starring master comic actor Gene Wilder – whose death this year shocked his legions of fans – ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ takes the hilarity of the book and adds a hefty dose of psychedelic art direction and some off-the-wall performances by actors of all ages to deliver a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience.
When Willy Wonka, the legendary recluse candymaker, decides to open his factory to five lucky children from around the world, the whole world is beside itself trying to find the five golden entry tickets that are hidden in bars of Wonka chocolate. Eventually, all the tickets are found ­– and a madcap adventure through the surreal candy-production plant begins.
Often in Dahl’s stories for young people, naughty, rude and otherwise unpleasant characters meet hilariously gruesome ends. The moral of this story is that greedy, self-centred and boorish behaviour is bound to bring about about a sticky end – in this case literally as well as figuratively. ‘Willy Wonka’ is good old-fashioned fun for the whole family.


Mel Stuart

Born in 1928, Mel Stuart was an American director and producer. Best-known as the director of ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’, he also made ‘If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium’ (1969), ‘One Is a Lonely Number’ (1972) and ‘Running on the Sun: The Badwater 135’ (2000). His documentary credits include the television series ‘The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich’ (1968), ‘Man Ray – The Prophet of the Avant-Garde’ (2005) and ‘The Poet’s View’ (2003). He won four Emmys and was nominated for Academy and Peabody Awards. Stuart died in 2012.


Roald Dahl
Stan Margulies, David L. Wolper
Arthur Ibbetson
David Saxon
Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum