DIRECTOR: Victor Fleming
Also Directed By (Uncredited) George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor
May Contain Spoilers!
Wizard Of Oz, like It’s A Wonderful Life, didn’t ignite the film world on their initial releases, but these were films that found their treasured places in movie-goers hearts. Both are examples of movies where cinemas rival medium of the day, television endeared them upon their audience and now, they are recognised for the greats that they truly are.
There’s not much to say about this film that you don’t already know, except a whole load of trivia, but in the end, Wizard Of Oz is just as it says on the poster. “[A] Technicolor Triumph”, using the innovative twist of opening the movie in sepia only to use Technicolor in all its overly saturated glory in the land of Oz. This was the inspiration for the less than critically acclaimed Tron: Legacy (2010), in which the film begins in 2D only to open up in to 3D when we enter the electronic universe.
But whatever was said about the film, Legacy wasn’t criticised for looking bad and owed a lot of its inspired direction from this classic. This pre-war gem beautifully blends catchy songs, colourful and whimsical set production design and a simple fairytale structure to bring this modern morality tale to life, and in its method, crafted not only a timeless classic, but a film which bridges generations and allowing everyone in the house to enjoy the same film at the same time with little compromise.
A true and uncompromising family film and hard to beat, even 70 years on.