THE WIZARD OF OZ

Director Victor Fleming
Year 1939
Starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley
Rating PG
Run Time 102min
More Info IMDb

This screening is part of our May celebration of the Big Bads of cinema!

Routinely referenced on countless lists as one of the greatest things ever put to celluloid, THE WIZARD OF OZ isn't great because it was an achievement for its time--it's great because it is a wholly inescapable whirlwind of excellence. It's the movie kids beg to see over and over again and the film adults routinely need to revisit just to remind them just how magical a movie can be.

Dorothy is a young farm girl in rural Kansas living with her aunt and uncle. After a dust-up between Dorothy's trusty dog Toto and the evil Miss Gulch, the sheriff orders the canine be destroyed. Dorothy flees and, in her escape, finds herself caught up in a tornado that whisks her away to the mystical land of Oz, where music, munchkins, lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) await her.

Dorothy's absolute purity of heart is countered by the wretchedly awful Wicked Witch of the West in one of the greatest good versus evil battles of all time. After an inadvertent house-crushing of the Wicked Witch's sister, Dorothy must flee to the Emerald City to speak to the Wizard of Oz and get herself gone before the Wicked Witch gets a hold of her precious and all-powerful ruby red slippers. (Greg MacLennan)

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