"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!"
35mm print screened at Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, 20 January 2018. Every frame of this is amazing, especially projected through dreamy celluloid onto a screen 30 feet high. These characters: Dorothy, The Wicked Witch, and the shoes too - they deserve to be larger than life. If you can catch this in a theater, do. The small kids at this show were enthralled!
When I was young I had no idea of the power of this movie. It was on TV, and I was talking with my brother and sister during the movie, when all of a sudden my Uncle yelled, "Shut up you little brats! This is important!". Thank goodness we don't have to watch it on that old technology called broadcast TV! "What a world!" is what the wicked witch says as she melts.
I can't be the only one who finds these characters more obnoxious than charming. Nothing about them makes me care all that much about them. Also, this film dedicates way too much time to it's music which isn't even great. To all the people who love this film, try telling me the KING OF THE JUNGLE sequence wasn't entirely pointless. It's a decent film that's saved by it's gorgeous colors and sets.
A perfect film in every regard. Deserves the status it holds in American cinema. Beautiful art direction, gorgeous cinematography and wonderful stylized acting. The second Garland opens her mouth to sing Over the Rainbow you literally become absolutely floored. Seeing it in a packed theater today was magical! I don't think I could trust anyone who doesn't like this film! Perfection!
This film accomplished the difficult task that many of today's films fail to do: it created a separation between visual beauty and classic storytelling. The glorious fantasy Land of Oz was the canvas; the wonderful story of adventure was the art.
[Kino: Film] It will be 80-years old in a year and something. Special effects/set designing for the ages. A hearty handshake between high-art, children-literature and grown-up movie entertainment. Seen it 3 times on film and countless times on TV, Basic Cable and DVD. The more I grow the more I am Dorothy: the more dreaming and daydreaming I do. I just suck at singing and have buried all my Auntie Ems and friendos</3