May. 12th, 2010

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So, as you might imagine from the last poll, J and I just watched The Wizard Of Oz (1939). This wasn't a Best Picture (it lost to Gone With The Wind, but it seemed like something I would watch, since I had never seen it before.

The DVD I just watched of it was an amazing restoration, so that in terms of film and audio quality, it didn't look like 1939 at all, although the effects are quite dated ;)

It was actually quite a bit more silly and camp* then I was expecting, but the film does have a certain charm that did make it an entertaining watch. The companions were rather more flamboyant than I was expecting, but I suppose about par for a musical. It's also amazing how much of the movie has become pop culture, with certain catch phrases and musical parts I've heard before ("Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!" being the most obvious).

I also really liked the contrast of Kansas (sepia) to Oz (oversaturated color; in fact, I'm pretty sure the water was dyed blue in Munchkinland).

So, to sum up: very silly, but worth seeing for the history.

*: Then again, these movies only seem camp to a modern eye, probably due to the influence of that very movie.

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