The Wizard of Oz

Posted on March 11, 2011 

There are certain films that captivate us as children but never really lose their magic, no matter how many times we have seen them. “The Wizard of Oz,” one of the most beloved movies in history, will be presented by the State Theatre Film Collective at 4, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the State Theatre.

Made and released in 1939 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Victor Fleming, “The Wizard of Oz” was based on the 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. The Library of Congress named “The Wizard of Oz” the most watched film in history and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1989. In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked it as the 10th greatest movie of all time. The song "Over the Rainbow," sung by Judy Garland, who played Dorothy, won the Academy Award for Best Song.

I remember watching "The Wizard of Oz" as a young child, and being captivated by Dorothy's magic ruby slippers, the splendor of the Land of Oz and the memorable characters. I also remember being repulsed by the Wicked Witch of the West--who didn't cheer when she met her demise? It's hard to believe that the movie is more than 70 years old, especially since the Technicolor scenes in the Oz sequence are so rich and vivid. I think we can all identify with Dorothy and her desire to return home; and also with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion, who were in search of traits that they possessed all along.

There are some movies that never seem to age, and I think that "The Wizard of Oz" is one of them. Don't miss this opportunity to see this timeless masterpiece on the big screen.

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