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The Wizard of Oz

In 1939, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was at the height of its powers as a studio producing the most lavish films in Hollywood. The Wizard of Oz, one of its touchstone productions that year (along with Gone with the Wind), has been enshrined into the pantheon of American art, but wasn’t initially a smash success. The film tells the familiar tale of Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog Toto, who are transported from Kansas wheat fields via a tornado that touches them down in the land of Oz. They team up with the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow to battle the evil Wicked Witch of the West on their quest to meet the Wizard, who might be able to help them get back home. To get there, however, each of them must confront their greatest fears. Or is it all just a dream? A troubled and expansive production, The Wizard of Oz has only gained in stature since its initial release over 75 years ago and remains a delight for audiences of all ages. “A terrific, fresh experience. It’s not always a great movie but it’s one that’s so charged every moment of it, charged with magic.”—Daniel Kasman, MUBI.

Genres: Musical, Fantasy

Other Films by Victor Fleming

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