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The Wizard of Oz

The greatest picture in the history of entertainment! 

Year: 1939 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC U Cert – Universal 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Victor Fleming 
Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley  
An image from The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz is a childhood classic about a girl called Dorothy, who is quite literally swept into another world that is very different from her home in Kansas. The story follows her adventures as she tries to escape the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West with the help of the friends she meets along the way.

This glorious musical adventure has become a fixture of film history. It has been referenced countless times during the years in various films and series. There have also been a sequel and a very popular musical based on the story. This film has been a key feature in many peoples’ childhoods over the years; who has not seen this film as child? But even if you haven’t, this film has undoubtedly entered your life in the form of references, music or quotes, which will all make a lot more sense once you the see the film.

This film is a great example of Hollywood days gone by. Even though the film did not win in the Best Picture category of the Oscars (losing out to Gone With the Wind), the music won a couple of Oscars and rightly so! They don’t sing just for the sake of it like some other musicals; the music enhances the film and takes it to another level. The colours are far more vivid than those in any of the movies made today. The Wizard of Oz features prominently in many top films listings, usually winning a place in the top ten. Even if it might be a bit childish, it is more nostalgic fun than anything else and is a must-see for all!

Megan Lee

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Screenings of this film:

1992/1993 Summer Term (35mm)
2010/2011 Spring Term (35mm)