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Gene Wilder obituary

Gene Wilder in Amsterdam

After more than 30 years in show business, the frizzy-headed comic actor Gene Wilder, who has died aged 83, was most associated with his second film role, that of Leo Bloom, the hyperneurotic accountant in Mel Brooks’ comedy The Producers (1967). It established Wilder’s screen persona – an initially well-balanced individual transformed by even the most minor crisis into a whining bundle of nerves.

Ian McKellen’s favourite Shakespeare roles on film

Ian McKellen

It is 400 years since Shakespeare died and, as part of the festivities, Ian McKellen is spearheading a selection of Shakespearean films at the BFI in London that will tour 110 countries, including Cuba, Iraq, Russia and the US, in the most extensive film programme ever undertaken.

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