Rewatching Wizard of Oz
I’m rewatching this for two Blogathon: Once Upon a Time X and Beyond the Cover Blogathons.
But first I watched the Documentary and I highly recommend seeing it.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic
The documentary is Hosted by Angela Lansberry. It’s now an old film because it’s from 1989, but it’s still very much worth watching.
There’s lots of fun facts about the movie – like The Lion costume weighed 90 pounds! And there’s also lots of interviews, including some from Judy Garland’s children (Liza Minnelli doing all the talking). And Angela Lansberry did a nice job talking about the movie too.
I watched it on the TCM channel because Judy Garland is their Star Spotlight of the month.
A documentary that I highly recommend seeing (along with this 1939 movie too).
Wizard of Oz (1939)
10 out of 10 All Stars
1939 Fantasy/ Adventure movie. Based on the story by L. Frank Baum. Starring Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Jack Haley, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burk and Clara Blandick.
Short Synopsis: A young girl (Judy Garland) wonders what life would be like away from her home, meanwhile a “Twister” of a tornado comes through and takes her and the house to Munchkin Land in Oz.
My Thoughts: I have lost count to how many times I’ve watched this movie. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is my favorite song and it’s one that I sing to my nieces and nephews for lullabies. The story itself is simple and yet so magical. I always wished that I could be Dorothy (and not just because of those Ruby Slippers). This is a favorite of mine.
I do plan on reading the book this year. I am not sure how accurate the movie is to the book, but according to the documentary that I watched, the filmmakers worked pretty hard in giving the movie justice to the book. The documentary also mentioned that 14 scriptwriters and 2 directors were involved in making this movie.
Play by Play of the Songs and movie…
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” – Dorothy. Dorothy pondering where her place would be in her new home with Auntie Em.
A note here about this song. In the documentary it is said that the filmmakers were thinking of not even having this song in the movie. This song is sacrilege! It’s great! And these filmmakers didn’t even like this normal Kansas girl image. Thankfully they kept both. Thankfully for Judy too because she won the Oscar for Best Juvenile Actress.
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