May 10, 2024

Gene Wilder doc opens May 10 at the Ross

Gene Wilder portrayed Willy Wonka

A new documentary honoring comedy legend Gene Wilder opens May 10 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

Continuing is “Love Lies Bleeding.”

Trailer for "Remembering Gene Wilder"

A loving tribute to Gene Wilder, the documentary celebrates his life and legacy as the comic genius behind an extraordinary string of film roles, from his first collaboration with Mel Brooks in “The Producers,” to the enigmatic title role in the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” to his inspired on-screen partnership with Richard Pryor in movies like “Silver Streak.” It is illustrated by a bevy of touching and hilarious clips and outtakes, never-before-seen home movies, narration from Wilder’s audiobook memoir, and interviews with a roster of brilliant friends and collaborators like Mel Brooks, Alan Alda, and Carol Kane. “Remembering Gene Wilder” shines a light on an essential performer, writer, director, and all-around mensch.

The film is not rated and is showing through May 16.

Trailer for "Love Lies Bleeding"

“Love Lies Bleeding” is a fugitive tale that breaks the mold, at once dreamy and nightmarish, lurid and funny, laced with poison and lit with the magic of the high desert and the open road. Rose Glass’s gleefully cinematic story follows Lou, a lonely gym worker who collides with an aspiring female bodybuilder-turned-outlaw, setting off a wild chain reaction in a small New Mexico town. The plot audaciously defies predictability as much as the filmmaking; Glass and a cast including Kristen Stewart, newcomer Katy M. O’Brian, Ed Harris, Dave Franco, and Jena Malone mix samplings of black comedy, queer crime, steamy pulp, family dramas, and revenge thrillers to explore the destructive and intoxicating forces of excess, ambition, and mad love.

“Love Lies Bleeding” is rated R and is showing through May 16.