The Wizard of Oz
We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!
One of the most famous musical films and the first film from Hollywood to use color. Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world where she makes friends with a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man as they make their way along the yellow brick road to talk with the Wizard and ask for the things they miss most in their lives. The Wicked Witch of the West is the only thing that could stop them.
The story of an evil young child who goes on a fanatic witch hunt recruiting evil mutant minions in her wake.
For years and years The Wizard of Oz was my favorite film of all time. It still has a very special place in my heart and don't get me wrong, if I had listed a top ten films of all time, it would be amongst nine horror films.
Growing up in a small town, surrounded by farms and a seemingly black and white existence I found myself dreaming over the rainbow more often than not. I related so much to Dorothy without really realizing it until I was an adult. My favorite character was always the Tin Man but that is easily because of his angelic singing voice and beautiful blue eyes, his lack of a heart may have been…
Did you know:
The Wizard of Oz is the origin of drive-by shootings?
It's true. The only difference between the drive-by of 1939 and the drive-by of today is that it became impractical to throw houses at people from lowered Chevy Impalas. The additional weight caused issues with underbody clearance. Eventually guns were settled upon as a replacement, as bullets were found to be much lighter than houses.
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
I can not think of anything better to start off the great year of 1939 other than The Wizard of Oz.
Every time I watch this film, it is always after some long gap since I last saw it, and yet, with every visit, the film does something that is nothing short of a miracle. I end up watching it with both nostalgic and fresh eyes. I remember things, but it still unfolds like brand new each and every time. This is the mark of a film that is truly timeless.
The last time I saw the film was on television in standard format, many years ago. Now, on my revisit, I see it…
The first film I remember watching. So it means an AWFUL, AWFUL lot to me. Also, it's the reason I like musicals. Whenever I watch some corny sing-a-long, I always say, "I love this, because I love the Wizard of Oz."
P.S. Sam Raimi, you should stay away from this universe. If you mess up Oz: the Great and Powerful, you'll have me to answer to...
I have a theory that this movie has probably been seen by more people than any other movie. The fact that it comes to us as children is probably the reason why. Other films like Gone With the Wind, Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Star Wars, have been seen by a lot of people but in each case I can imagine people that might not have seen them. In the case of The Wizard of Oz it's hard to imagine anyone who might not have seen it at some point in their lives. Almost everyone you talk to has a memory of their first experience. The reason this movie remains the most beloved of Hollywood films even after six decades is…
You've seen it. I've seen it. We've all seen it and we all love it.
ok, this might anger some people. After I finished watching Wizard of Oz, my first thought was "why is this film a classic?" I just can't figure it out. Maybe it is that I didn't see this film when I was young (ok I am 26 and I don't live in the USA). I don't care about the message (the best place on earth is home?) I don't care about Dorothy's journey. Ironically, the only character I find interesting is the Wizard of Oz, who is neither great, nor mighty. He is just a magician, using tricks and machines to fool all the people. And after his tricks has been exposed by Dorothy, he just makes some lip service to each persons character, and gives Dorothy's friends Tin-man, Lion and Straw-man each a little pice of toy or worse, junk. Maybe I should watch Oz the Great and Powerful instead.
Long hair.. short hair.. Long hair..
That witch got melted
Over a pair of slippers
I've seen at Walmart
Dorothy pisses me off every time I watch this movie.
Yeah this movie's weird.
Eines ist klar, es ist eben ein Kinderfilm. Außerdem sind diese amerikanischen Märchenfilme immer sehr Gesangs-lastig, aber man muss auch sehen, welche technischen Möglichkeiten die Filmindustrie zu dieser Zeit hatte. Der Film ist von 1939!
Wer die Bücher gelesen hat, vermisste sicher den ein oder anderen Aspekt in der filmischen Umsetzung, was häufig bei Buch-Adaptionen vorkommt. Dazu hätte man die Story wohl in eine Mehrteiler packen müssen. Trotzdem kann man auf alle Fälle von guter Unterhaltung sprechen, für Kinder.
You've already seen this film, so why am I bothering to write anything about it?