The Wizard Of Oz (1939)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  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 .  

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.  Judy Garland 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.

Academy Awards:  Best Original Score; Best Song (“Over The Rainbow”)
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Special Effects; Best Art Direction

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

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