I ♥ RETRO – THE WIZARD OF OZ

Rating: G
Length: 102 mins
Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!

Revive your spirit of innocence. A time of magical wonder. Celebrating 80 years of one of the most beloved films in cinematic history – The Wizard of Oz. We can hear you singing already!

In this classic musical fantasy, Judy Garland stars as Dorothy Gale, a young Kansas farm girl who dreams of a land “somewhere over the rainbow.” Dorothy’s dream comes true when she, her dog, Toto, and her family’s house are transported by a tornado to a bright and magical world unlike anything she has seen before.

Unfortunately, she makes a mortal enemy of a wicked witch when the house falls on the hag’s sister. Now, befriended by a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man with no heart and a cowardly lion – and protected by a pair of enchanted ruby slippers – Dorothy sets off along a yellow brick road for the Emerald City to beseech the all-powerful Wizard of Oz for his help to return home.

Characterized by its legendary use of Technicolor (although not being the first to use it), fantasy storytelling, musical score, and memorable characters, the film has become an icon of American popular culture.
It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but lost to Gone with the Wind, also directed by Fleming. It did win in two other categories: Best Original Song for “Over the Rainbow” and Best Original Score by Herbert Stothart.

While the film was considered a critical success upon release in August 1939, it failed to make a profit for MGM until the 1949 re-release, earning only $3,017,000 on a $2,777,000 budget, not including promotional costs, which made it MGM’s most expensive production at that time.
It has since earned 25 million at the box office and become a massive success through television screenings and home video sales.

“An absolute masterpiece whose ground-breaking visuals and deft storytelling are still every bit as resonant, The Wizard of Oz is a must-see film for young and old.” – Rotten Tomatoes

Official Trailer