Oz in the News 11.12.13

3_two-panelBillboardrFrench-001Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Farnsworth Art Museum  Some of these items, like the witch’s hourglass or an early version of Dorothy’s blue gingham jumper, are the movie equivalents of religious relics: objects that go beyond mere nostalgia to something like transcendence. The most famous item associated with the movie, a certain pair of ruby-red slippers, aren’t here. They’re at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, in Washington, D.C. What is here are ruby-red slippers worn in the 1985 film “Return to Oz.” A shooting script for “The Wizard of Oz,” with a dress tested by Judy Garland for the movie and the blouse she wore during the first two weeks of filming. A shooting script for “The Wizard of Oz,” with a dress tested by Judy Garland for the movie and the blouse she wore during the first two weeks of filming. The script and hourglass and dress are the stars of the show. But what may be the most illuminating items are some of the ephemera from throughout the Oz canon: soap, an Oz-themed box of Whitman’s candy (do the original contents remain inside?), playing cards, a board game, dolls, wallpaper, buttons, and so on.

Munchkins tribute at Woodridge ‘Wizard of Oz’ showing A celebration of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” is happening this weekend at the Hollywood Boulevard Cinema in Woodridge. A special tribute to the munchkins features costumes and memorabilia. There are only two surviving munchkins, ages 93 and 95. They no longer travel so fans celebrated in their absence. And of course “The Wizard of Oz” is being shown on the big screen in 2D and 3D.

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