The Power of Oz

No film in history has had more impact on American cinema than The Wizard of Oz, the prototype for the monster-sized, soundtrack-infused color pictures that have come to define big-studio movies. Of course, it also paved the way for movie-inspired merchandise, sequels, remakes, and retellings. But ignore the orgy of consumerism; at its heart, the film is a beautiful American fairy tale about a lonely 14-year-old girl who escapes her dreary world by going “over the rainbow” to a colorful world of acceptance inhabited by a sissy lion, an overly emotive metal man, and a swarm of dancing diminutive delights. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the film’s release, and to celebrate the occasion Turner Classic Movies is sponsoring a one-night-only nationwide screening of The Wizard of Oz. The movie has been re-mastered and will show the lovely Land of Oz in all its glory — with the Lolly Pop Guild, the ruby-red slippers, the evil flying monkeys — for the first time, in High Definition. Several cineplexes across the tricounty area will show the film tonight at 7 p.m. Also playing at Royal Palm Stadium 18, Shadowood 16, Downtown At The Gardens 16 Cinemas, and Cypress Creek Station 16, among other South Florida theaters. Prices vary. Visit
Wed., Sept. 23, 7 p.m., 2009

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