AFI Movie Club: THE WIZARD OF OZ
AFI Movie Club begins today – and THE WIZARD OF OZ is our inaugural film!
Watch Steven Spielberg introduce our first title:
From the AFI Archive, watch Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft on the first time they saw the film:
Perhaps the most famous and best loved family film ever made, THE WIZARD OF OZ stars Judy Garland as Dorothy, and features the #1 song on AFI’s Top 100 Songs and is #3 on AFI’s Top 100 Musicals. Tell us which song from THE WIZARD OF OZ is your favorite. Share it in the comments section below or on social media using the hashtag #AFIMovieClub.
Movie Trivia about THE WIZARD OF OZ
–DID YOU KNOW that THE WIZARD OF OZ wasn’t the first adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved books? Starting as early as 1902, audiences traveled to the wonderful world of Oz quite a few times and in quite a few different ways – on stage, on film and in animation – before Judy Garland ever traveled over the rainbow!
–DID YOU KNOW that Dorothy’s iconic footwear was actually a pair of silver slippers in L. Frank Baum’s original books? “Ruby” looked so much more magical in glorious Technicolor!
–DID YOU KNOW that Jack Haley wasn’t originally going to play Tin Man? Buddy Ebsen was the first actor cast in the role, but had to be replaced when he discovered that he was allergic to the silver make-up!
–DID YOU KNOW that director Victor Fleming is credited not just with transporting audiences to Oz in 1939, but also with another iconic film that very same year? It was GONE WITH THE WIND, also featured prominently across AFI’s lists of the greatest American films!
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The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions
-How old were you the first time you saw THE WIZARD OF OZ? What do you remember about seeing it for the first time?
-THE WIZARD OF OZ has been pervasive throughout culture since its release in 1939. Can you think of any times – outside of the film itself – that you’ve heard any of its iconic quotes?
-Did you notice that the beginning and end of THE WIZARD OF OZ are filmed in black-and-white sepia tones – and that the film only transitions to color once Dorothy reaches Oz?
-Why do you think they presented the film this way?
-Have you ever seen any other films in black-and-white?
-Why do you think THE WIZARD OF OZ is still so beloved after more than 80 years?
-How would you rate THE WIZARD OF OZ?
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