The Wizard of Oz (1939) Film Review A-

The Wizard of OZ
DIRECTOR: Victor Fleming
BOTTOM LINE: The phenomenon that was Judy Garland began here and will live for eternity. In “The Wizard of Oz,” she captured everyone’s heart, gay or straight. There is something vulnerable yet confident about her. And then there is that incredible voice. At once, innocent and knowing. And she gets to sing the most astonishing movie song ever written, “Over the Rainbow,” thanks to the genius of Harold Arlen (music) and Yip Harburg (lyrics). Photographed in glorious Technicolor by Harold Rosson (bookended by black and white for Kansas) and directed by Victor Fleming, the man who took over “Gone with the Wind” after George Cukor was fired. Queer Cinema can be a small world. Oh, of course, Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion was gay. Almost forgot.


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