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Over the Rainbow

During the Great Depression and WWII, the American people flooded to the cinema. For a few hours, a movie could take them away from their troubles, transporting them some place enchanted, where there was no economic depression or war. Love, endurance, and goodness always triumphed. 1938 saw the production of the Technicolor musical The Wizard of Oz. Home, love, and overcoming adversities were a few of the overarching themes. The magical adventure of Dorothy Gale and her friends fighting against The Wicked Witch and searching for their heart’s desires struck a chord with audiences. The songs in the movie are memorable, but one stands out from all the others. And eighty years later, the song “Over the Rainbow” continues to touch lives.

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Green-Skinned Monster: The Wicked Witch of the West



Despite being known as “the gentler sex” and “the weaker sex,” women have the same capability for physical violence and moral evil as men do. Sometimes, a great piece of storytelling acknowledges this and the audience is treated to a villainess who truly stands the test of time. Continue reading

Over the Rainbow



One of my first introductions to fantasy was a little girl and her three friends skipping down a yellow brick road in a strange, colorful land called Oz. That little girl was played by Judy Garland, and my only image of Oz stemmed from the colorful spectacle of the 1939 film extravaganza that is now so beloved by numerous generations.

It was only recently that I read the book for the first time. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a triumph of L. Frank Baum’s imaginative design. The film itself is amazing and is a staple in many families, introduced to their children at a young age, the same as it was with me. But the books… well, they’re a horse of a different color. Continue reading

The Wizard of Oz: L. Frank Baum



Everyone remembers the first time they watched The Wizard of Oz. At the very least they remember the impact it had on their childhood and how it inspired their innocent imagination. They sympathized with Dorothy or the Scarecrow, the Tin Man or the Cowardly Lion, and by the end learned that there truly is “No place like home!” But the legend of Oz doesn’t begin with MGM. Oz goes back a half a century further, to a dreamer who loved to entertain his sons with stories. Continue reading

The Public’s Great Escape



Motion pictures have captivated the American public from the invention of the movie camera; was it the dashing hero or the pretty girl that attracted young and old alike to the movie theater? Dramatic stories often relatable to at least one person in the audience? The sugarcoated plots that played out in-between elaborate song and dance numbers? Motion pictures take the moviegoer out of a world filled with stress and strife to another place where a guy always gets a girl, troubles melt away, the villain is thwarted, and even bittersweet movies always end on a hopeful note. The directors, cinematographers, producers, composers, lyricists, scriptwriters, actors and actresses from the golden age of film truly had a gift for making great movies of all genres. Many films heralded as “classics” today were created during America’s golden age. The major studio moguls and behind-the-scenes employees fit many films to the troubles of the public, including the Great Depression and World War Two. Continue reading