Oz in the News 8.5.12

‘After the Wizard’ follows search for Dorothy in Kansas  The film was headquartered in Kingman during the Kansas portion of its shoot in 2010. It drew more than 200 volunteers from the area, and also was shot in Pretty Prairie, Hutchinson and Topeka. Last year, filmmaker Gross told me that the production crew felt very welcome in Kansas, and that Kansans’ assistance “made a big difference in the quality of the movie.” Gross will be in Kingman for an autograph session starting at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Jeri’s Kitchen, 240 N. Main St. It will also play a short theatrical run at the Kingman Community Historic Theatre, 237 N. Main St., in Kingman. It will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. Aug. 12. For more information and to view a trailer, go to http://www.afterthewizard-themovie.com.

Book Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  A little of L. Frank Baum’s language harkens back to Lewis Carroll’s Alice books, which Baum in fact claimed as an influence. Witness the Tin Woodman’s sanely loopy reasoning in one passage: “For my part, I have no heart: so I cannot have heart disease.” The Lion, for his part, seems to prefigure Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in this reflection: “You see…I haven’t the courage to keep tramping forever, without getting anywhere at all.”

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