The Wizard Of Oz

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(out of 5)


There’s really nothing I need to say about this awesome fantasy film that has inspired every movie watcher since its first performance in 1939 (when it was originally a box office disappointment, oddly enough); you’ve all seen it, so watch it again.   made herself a star in her remarkable performance, one that seems to go unnoticed now because of the film’s incredible fame, but close examination reveals that it’s not for nothing she became a permanent fixture in pop culture for playing Dorothy Gale on her trip over the rainbow. Her uncomplicated portrayal of a little girl looking for a little bit more to life than the dry tumbleweeds of Kansas is marvelous, and the film itself just never seems to age.


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

USA, 1939

Directed by 

Screenplay by , , , adaptation by Noel Langley, based on the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by ,

Production Design by , ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1939

Academy Awards
Best Music (Original Score) (Herbert Stothart)
Best Music (Song) (“Over the Rainbow”, music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by E.Y. Harburg)

Nominations
Best Art Direction (Cedric Gibbons, William A. Horning)
Best Cinematography (Colour) (Hal Rosson) (Not an official nomination)
Best Special Effects (A. Arnold Gillespie, Douglas Shearer)

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