A World of Pure Imagination

Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Early Monday morning, a light was extinguished from the universe. Gene Wilder, comic genius and prolific actor, passed away at the age of 83. As if 2016 hasn’t been cruel enough, we have lost another beloved icon.

I know I speak for thousands of people when I say that Gene was an indelible part of my childhood, teen years, and hell, even adulthood. In everything he did, he was meaningful, hilarious, and sometimes down-right insane—and it was perfect. In times like these, we remember the ones we loved and admired through the marks they left on the world: their art. The following clips are from the Collective Team’s favorite Gene movies, and they speak for themselves.

Gene Wilder and Teri Garr in “Young Frankenstein”

Young Frankenstein (1974)

The Producers (1967)

The Woman in Red (1984)

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Blazing Saddles (1974)

See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

There is no life I know /
To compare with pure imagination /
Living there you’ll be free /
If you truly wish to be.

-The Collected Mutineer

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