[image-2] For one week only, The Terrace Theater on James Island will show the Mel Brooks classic Blazing Saddles to pay respect to Gene Wilder, who died on Monday.
Wilder quit making movies in the decades before his death, eschewing Hollywood flash and the gimmicks that came with modern cinema. Yet, even without seeing him on the big screen since 1991, the characters Wilder inhabited in films that became classics stayed with us like we’d seen them yesterday. Wilder’s acting was at once both outrageous and subtle, both nuanced and built to last. Indeed, Willy Wonka and Leo Bloom found their way back into theaters in 2005. Blazing Saddles‘ Jim (his friends call him Jim) is one of those indelible characters. No remakes though, please.
As a tribute to Wilder’s legacy, the Terrace will have three showings tonight (4:15, 9:25, 11:35), and two screenings a day (4:15, 9:25) through Thursday, Sept. 8. Find more info on the Terrace’s Facebook event.