Summer Classics: The Wizard Of Oz

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1939 / 1h 42m / Not Rated / Fantasy

The Wizard of Oz has permeated popular culture to such an extent that, even if they haven’t seen it themselves, most people know it almost by heart. But to watch the movie as if you’ve never heard of it can give you a special thrill; it is certainly true that they don’t make them like this anymore. It’s a musical, and it’s a fantasy story, and it’s a kids movie, and it’s a morality play about having inside yourself the things you want from the outside world. But it’s also kind of a road-trip movie – Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion make friends and get up to some antics on the Yellow Brick Road. And it’s also kind of a disaster movie – the tornado scene would have been terrifying, for the time. And the moment of transition from black & white to color is maybe the most iconic instant of film since we started adding sound. We encourage you to bring somebody who’s never seen The Wizard of Oz to the Theatre. You might find something new in it yourself.

Local film expert Bob Ross will lead a short discussion of The Wizard of Oz immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.

This screening is sponsored by J.J. Taylor.

The Summer Classics Movie Series is presented by Bank of America. Media support is provided by WEDU-PBS.
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