Mel Stuart Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Mel Stuart

Interviewed by: Chuck Workman

Mel Stuart was a director and producer most well-known for theatrical features like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1974) and documentaries like Wattstax (1973) and Four Days in November (1964).

Stuart's "Five Things" you need to succeed in the entertainment business.

Stuart discusses how in his documentary "Wattstax," he merged music, culture and politics into what was originally a concert film, and how that process led him to a young Richard Pryor.

Stuart recounts tales behind "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," from the urging of his daughter, to a fortuitous meeting with Quaker Oats, and a transatlantic phone call to come up with the last line of dialogue.