Mel Stuart

Mel Stuart

Highest Rated: 91% Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Lowest Rated: 60% If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969)

Birthday: Sep 02, 1928

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

As a young adult, director Mel Stuart initially had hopes of becoming a composer after graduating from New York University. He quickly changed his mind and gravitated towards film and found himself working as an assistant editor for commercials and an assistant to experimental filmmaker Mary Ellen Bute. Joining David L. Wolper Productions was a career altering step, and Stuart directed numerous television documentaries covering diverse topics, from film star Sophia Loren to global politics. Stuart earned an Academy Award nomination for "Four Days in November," a documentary uncovering the assassination of John F. Kennedy. His first major motion picture was directing the comedy "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium" in 1969 and in the following year, "I Love My Wife" starring Elliott Gould. Stuart found commercial success when he adapted Roald Dahl's whimsical childhood fantasy "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" into a family musical in 1971. He strayed away from big budget films and his next project was "Wattstax," a documentary unveiling the black experience in the midst of a music festival in Los Angeles. By the mid-1970s, Stuart got involved with television and even directed an episode of the sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter." He went back to his documentary roots and continued to direct and produce informative films for BBC and PBS beginning in the 1980s and into the the new century.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hobart Shakespeareans Director - 2005
No Score Yet 82% Running on the Sun: The Badwater 135 Director,
Producer
$2.5K 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Billy Wilder - American Masters Director - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Lions Director - 1981
No Score Yet 94% Bill Producer - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sophia Loren: Her Own Story Director - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mean Dog Blues Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ruby and Oswald Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIFE Goes to the Movies Director - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brenda Starr Director - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Animal Within Director - 1974
90% 90% Wattstax Director,
Producer
- 1973
No Score Yet 33% One Is a Lonely Number Director - 1972
91% 87% Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Director - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Journey of Robert F. Kennedy Director - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Love My... Wife Director - 1970
60% 59% If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium Director - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich Director,
Executive Producer
- 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Making of the President: 1964 Director - 1965
No Score Yet 81% Four Days in November Director - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Making of the President 1960 Director - 1963

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