Oz in the News 2.26.17

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The big read: why we keep dreaming the dream of The Wizard Of Oz It’s the novel, Was, and the character of the gay fan, that touches most on a particularly important reason for The Wizard Of Oz’s long-lasting power, at least with a certain part of its audience. Almost as soon as the 1939 film was released, people began using “friend of Dorothy” as a euphemism for “homosexual” and the film has always been loved by gay men who, as young boys, are attracted to the movie without realising why. I sometimes wonder if it’s all down to that moment when Dorothy emerges from the grey house into the bright, musical world of Oz – she’s suddenly in a more colourful and exciting place; she’s escaping the restrictions of home; she’s coming out. Judy Garland herself, of course, is also a gay icon so that’s going on too: on top of the story of Dorothy yearning for a better life is the real story of Judy’s life going horribly wrong. Mark Cousins can see the appeal of the theory, but thinks it’s all a bit bigger than that. “Oz is all those better places, all those utopias, all that longing for Bowie or magic or transcendence,” he says. “Yes, it feels like coming out, which is lovely, but it’s bigger than that in a way. In The Wizard Of Oz, Dorothy takes a risk. She impresses herself. So often we disappoint ourselves. She doesn’t.”

Rifftrax: The Wonderful Land of Oz The Wonderful Land of Oz takes everything you loved about the original Oz movie and coats it in a slippery, weird, filmy substance. Scarecrow and Tin Man are back, looking like Yugoslavian knockoffs of Russian knockoffs of the original characters. There are also new characters, like the Wogglebug, and the Purple Cow. Sound pretty crappy, right? Well set your expectations even lower! It’s the Barry Mahon way!

Auction: Wizard of Oz – Collection of six signatures from actors and actresses Collection of six signatures from actors and actresses from Wizard of Oz. Comprises: pencil signature ‘Judy Garland’ on a 14.8 x 11.1cm card, ; foutain pen signature ‘Frank Morgan on a light yellow 15.1×11.1cm album page; ballpoint signature and inscription ‘To Beth, Jack Haley’ on a light green 14.8 x 11.1cm album page; pencil signature and inscription ‘To Joe – Best Regards, Margaret Hamilton’ on a blue154x115mm album page; pencil signature ‘Yours sincerely, Billie Burke 1937’ on an off-white card affixed to a 11.3×14.1cm album page; a ballpoint singature and dedication ‘The Gleasons are just kids. Aug 1st will be our 35th year together and we are still kids. Look over us, Charley Grapewin’ on a 10.4×14.5cm page.

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