Tonight’s acting class homework was to bring a favorite or much-loved scene and explain what it meant to us. There were many great scenes, from across the years and genres.

My favorite–and not the one I chose–had to be the ending of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the 1972 version with Gene Wilder, Peter Ostrum and Jack Albertson. The joy in Gene Wilder’s performance, the sincerity, and the tenderness all conspire to get me all mushy-eyed. As the actor who discussed the scene said, it’s also the tremendous lesson of integrity and honesty that leaves such an impression.

For those who are curious, I chose a scene from Silent Running.