The Wizard of Oz

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Year of Release: 1939
Based on: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum 1900
Director:Victor Flemming Studio: MGM

Generally regarded as “The Fantasy Movie” of all time, The Wizard of Oz did not receive the Academy Award for best picture. In fact, the only Academy Award it won was for music (best song and score). Still, it is in a class by itself and has become one of the television staples of the holiday season and is possibly the most viewed movie of all time enjoying a multi-generational audience in nearly every country around the world.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” The Wizard of Oz did almost everything right. So much so that there have been few attempts to ‘remake’ it and most of those have failed miserably. “The Wiz” (not even the presence of Diana Ross and Michael Jackson could save that turkey) in 1978 was not a remake of The Wizard of Oz per se, but a screen adaptation of the stage production. “Return to Oz”, the unsuccessful 1985 Disney film also was not based on “The Wizard of Oz” but on a couple of other books set in the “Oz” universe. While the Disney production of “The Great and Powerful Oz’ in 2013,
was more financially successful it was more of an origin story than a direct sequel and was certainly not of the same quality as the original from 1939 and the independent film “After the Wizard in 2011 barely merits a mention. The 1939 version of “The Wizard of Oz” has stood the test of time and remained the yardstick on which all others are measured.

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