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The subversive messages hidden in The Wizard of Oz (BBC article teaser)

Post by Tdarcos » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:51 am

It’s easy to mistake the 1939 classic as traditional family entertainment – but 80 years on froem its release, the musical is more radical and surreal than ever, writes Nicholas Barber.

The subversive messages hidden in The Wizard of Oz
By Nicholas Barber

12 August 2019

In December 1937, Walt Disney Productions released its first feature-length cartoon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It went on to be cinema’s biggest hit of 1938, a success that not only encouraged Disney to make other fairy-tale cartoons for decades to come, but also encouraged another studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, to try its own fantasy musical about an orphaned girl and a wicked witch: The Wizard of Oz.

But for all of its similarities to the Disney film, MGM’s version was more of an anti-fairy tale than a fairy tale. Just look at the trio of frightened and feeble misfits that accompanies its heroine along the yellow brick road. None of them is what you’d call a handsome prince. In the clanking of the Tin Man’s rusty limbs, you can hear echoes of Don Quixote’s home-made armour. In the trio’s moaning and blubbing as they prepare to sneak into the witch’s castle, you can see a foreshadowing of Westley, Inigo and Fezzik invading Humperdinck’s castle in The Princess Bride. The pig-tailed Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) is so wholesome, the Harburg and Arlen songs are so delightful, and the Technicolor adventures are so exciting that it’s still easy to mistake The Wizard of Oz for traditional family entertainment, 80 years on from its release in August 1939. But it upends the conventions of good-v-evil storytelling in ways that would have had Walt Disney fuming.

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Re: The subversive messages hidden in The Wizard of Oz (BBC article teaser)

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The line about water- soluble witches made me smile

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Is there any chance we could get posts started on caltrops as well, Paul?

Here is the link: https://www.caltrops.com/pointy.php

Maybe half the headlines here and half over there?
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Re: The subversive messages hidden in The Wizard of Oz (BBC article teaser)

Post by Tdarcos » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:32 pm

AArdvark wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:07 am
The line about water- soluble witches made me smile
The guy who does Cinema Sins in his video review of The Wizard of Oz pointed that out: what the fuck is a creature that is killed with water doing with one (or more) bucket(s) of water in easy reach and easily accessible? The goddamn castle is made of stone, for chrissakes! It can't burn, so why have water nearby?

About the only equivalent I can think of is having open barrels of sulfuric acid at an elementary school.

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