From the outside, Willy Wonka's factory is a grim, imposing industrial edifice towering over rows of red-brick shops and houses - something out of Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" planted in the landscape of Charles Dickens's "Hard Times."
I saw it last night and rather liked it. The more I've thought back on the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, the more I remember how disappointed I was when I first saw it (on video) as a kid, having read the novels. According to
Wikipedia's article, Roald Dahl hated it.
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