Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz. 
Directed by Victor Fleming (1939)
Adapted from the 1900s children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The film The Wizard of Oz is about a twelve-year old girl named Dorothy and her dog Toto’s adventure through the Land of Oz. Dorothy ran away from home after Miss Gulch threatened to take away Toto. However, Dorothy decides to return home after a man she runs into tells her that her Aunt is sick. A twister suddenly appears and she is knocked unconscious in her room when a windowpane hits her head. She then experiences a “dream” which transports her to Oz. She runs into trouble when her house, which also landed in Oz, kills the Wicked Witch of the East. The Wicked Witch of the West tries to kill Dorothy to get the prized ruby slippers that ended up on Dorothy's feet. Along with Dorothy’s new friends- the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, they all travel through Oz hoping to find the Wizard of Oz who will guide Dorothy back home.


A trailer from the 1950s:

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