‘Wizard of Oz’ turns 80 today


(WTVO) — The classic musical fantasy turns 80 today.

The story of Dorothy and Toto’s magical adventures ‘over the rainbow’ premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on August 15th, 1939.

It’s nationwide release came on August 25th.

According to Oxford University, “The Wizard of Oz made indispensable contributions not only to American film and song, but also to our national culture. How often have we heard someone paraphrase what Dorothy utters when stepping out of the tornado-tossed house in the land of Oz, ‘Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore’?  Or quote the Wizard’s attempt to deflect attention from his newly humbugged self: ‘Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain’?  The American fashion designer Marc Jacobs could count on deep cultural memory when releasing a vivid red lipstick called ‘Surrender Dorothy,’ the menacing phrase written in the sky by the Wicked Witch of the West.  And, speaking of red: ‘ruby slippers’ can mean only one thing—or actually a few things, since several sets were made for the filming of The Wizard of Oz.  One pair now occupies an honored place in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., alongside such iconic objects of material history as the fragments of the American flag that inspired the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.'”


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