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January 28, 2006

The Wizard of Oz - 7

This is actually the first time I have seen this film all the way through. Apparently that means I had a deprived childhood. But it is interesting seeing this film now, and hard to believe that this film was made in 1939. Even harder to believe is that this film is considered a children's movie. It is in fact the story of one girl's nightmare after she has been knocked unconscious. In the dream world Dorothy goes to, she is essentially the evil element. That is she ends up killing two witches and is much more interested in getting the glory than in claiming that she even did it, in fact she says she didn't mean to. I liked how the film is hopeful. In the dream world that Dorothy had created cynicism wins the day. But when she finds her true home, she realizes that real caring can be the only appropriate human response. No wonder this film is so well known its interpretation can be diverse and intricate. The story is really interesting and it does well at integrating the fantastic as well as songs into the flow of the film. The technical aspects of this film are way beyond its time, especially with the use of both color and sepiatone. Well worth the wait.

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