The Wizard of Oz
Filmfest 2004

"Gaiety! Glory! Glamour! A Technical Triumph! The Mighty Miracle Show That Is the Talk of America!" So proclaimed the 1939 movie posters for the original theatrical release. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer knew they had a special motion picture on their hands, but it would have taken someone with the Wizard's magical capabilities to predict just how the movie would become woven into the everyday fabric of American culture -- beloved of film buffs, children and the eternally young-at-heart. Baum's tale of a Kansas girl's journey over the rainbow has become a touchstone for novelists, filmmakers, poets and playwrights, and the film may just wear the crown as the most cherished tale ever presented on the screen.

tags: Feature film

Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley


Director: Victor Fleming