Oz in the News 7.26.12

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/27761707″>The Wizard of Oz experiment</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/dnr”>Dennis Neuschaefer-Rube</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

The Wizard of Oz Experiment  Dennis Neuschaefer-Rube made two projects based on the “The Wizard of Oz” movie, one is a video/video-installation called “The Wizard of Oz experiment” which shows the movie 5829 times side by side. The movies are arranged in rows from left to right and time shifted by exactly one second each. The video starts at the top left, with the first second of the film and finishes bottom right with the last second of the film. The projection is in a continuous loop that repeats every 98 minutes. A computer voice speaks the whole subtitles of the film „The Wizard of Oz.“ in a 68-minute loop. And the other one is a book, containing 98 pages where the images (frames) are arranged chronologically in rows from left to right.

The Wizard of Oz Meets the San Francisco Symphony  Preservationists will be happy to know that the film’s original score by M.G.M.’s resident composer and arranger, Herbert Stothart, has been faithfully reconstructed. Somebody tossed out the original manuscript way-way back. The thinking was no one would need it or use it. Considering the orchestra plays virtually non-stop, those pages must have taken up a whole shelf — at least! In 1970, tons of cinematic history got tossed out and about at M.G.M. as the new studio execs sold off the contents of its warehouses filled with superstar wardrobes, period furniture and famous props. “Anyone need a lion costume and a couple o’ pairs o’ these red-sequined shoes? The label says it’s ‘by Adrian‘. Who’s Adrian?”

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