Oz in the News 11.30.18

Before Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, there was Judy Garland. In a new book, her star is reborn “It was real emotional because it was at the Shrine and my mom’s first scene in her version was at the Shrine. Then Bradley Cooper got up and said (from the stage), “In 1954, Judy Garland sat in this seat to watch ‘A Star Is Born,’ and now, Lady Gaga.” I was so thrilled. Then the movie starts and she sings the first eight bars of “Over the Rainbow.” I was so taken aback and so grateful. Then I met her and she was so gracious. She’s incredibly smart, she’s funny, she’s grounded. I’m one of her biggest fans. And Bradley Cooper was generous and kind and a gentleman. I loved his version. They’ve taken one of the greatest love stories ever told and not only brought it to two or three generations who may not have seen the others, but they’ve kept the quality of the story. I’ve always said I think the reason “A Star Is Born” keeps getting told is because it’s not about Hollywood. It’s about human nature and love, and watching someone’s star rise and watching someone’s star fall. But, in the end it’s about someone who triumphs.”

This queer film festival reveals the asexuality allegory in The Wizard of Oz This year’s programming for Scottish Queer International Film Festival couldn’t be more diverse and involves a retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Kicking off on 5 December, the five-day festival highlights include LGBTI films from all over the world, challenging mainstream perspectives. The Wizard of Oz, particularly, questions the story seen as Dorothy’s lesbian awakening. The festival’s reimagining of the popular children book by L. Frank Baum and the even more popular 1939 movie adaptation starring Judy Garland, in fact, revolves around asexuality. ‘We have always wanted to do an event around asexuality at SQIFF,’ festival programmer Helen Wright told Gay Star News. They explained that they came across this asexuality theory while talking to a member of the asexual community. Wright researched further and found ‘an asexual reading of The Wizard of Oz online, posted on The Asexual Visibility & Education Network in the US by a user called Spoofmaster.’ ‘The reading riffs off a film academic called Alexander Doty’s interpretation of The Wizard of Oz as a lesbian story, with the Wicked Witch of the West being a butch lesbian and Glinda the good witch being the femme. Dorothy is caught between them discovering her lesbian sexuality during her adventure to Oz.’

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