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The Wizard of Oz
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Directed By
Victor Fleming, Richard Thorpe

Written By:
Noel Langley, L. Frank Baum, L. Frank Baum

Cast:
Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Clara Blandick, Pat Walshe, Terry

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The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
October 3rd, 2009

1001 Movies to see before you die

Favorite Movie Quote: "Just try and stay out of my way. Just try! I'll get you, my pretty and your little dog too!"

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences went back to 10 nominations for Best Picture in 2010. They had that in 1939, and I am sure that is the only way this film got a nomination.

It's a great film, but not in the same league as the winner, Gone With the Wind, and even runners-up like Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Stagecoach, or Wuthering Heights.

It did, however, win two Oscars for the music. To hear Judy Garland sing "Over the Rainbow" is worth the time spent. I love that song, and can never hear it enough. It is a colorful, exciting fantasy trip with great music and some fine actors.

Writer Frank Baum was unusually well-connected to one of the more radical figures in early American feminism. He'd married a woman named Maud Gage, whose mother, Matilda Joslyn Gage, was a feminist who worked alongside Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Gage was obsessed with church teachings about women and with witches.

The church, having forbidden its offices and all external methods of knowledge to woman, was profoundly stirred with indignation at her having, through her own wisdom, penetrated into some of the most deeply subtle secrets of nature: and it was a subject of debate during the middle ages if learning for woman was not an additional capacity for evil, as owing to her, knowledge had first been introduced in the world.

Baum used these ideas and, while girls might not want to grow up and be witches, they had etched into their childhood some idea that women, too, could exercise raw power.

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