In August 1939, Frank L. Baum’s children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz became one of the first films shot in technicolor, and it was a film that enamored its audience during the film’s premier. However, the film has remained a beloved classic, which is why its 80th anniversary is exciting news.
On January 27th, 29th, and 30th, you can catch The Wizard of Oz in selected theatres for a limited release celebration. The film will be celebrating its 80th anniversary by returning to theatres for a brief period. Check out showings here.
The film/musical received a trophy for Best Original Song for “Over the Rainbow,” in addition to best overall score. It was nominated for six oscars—including best picture—it lost out to Gone With the Wind. (But, can we really complain, because GWTW is a fantastic film in its own right.)
According to the Library of Congress, “The Wizard of Oz” is the most-seen film in movie history.
As Variety shares, “The 80th anniversary release will include a new introduction from Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz, as well as post-film observations from Mankiewicz, helping to highlight some of the main storylines from the movie, as well as revealing some behind-the-scenes details from the making of the film.”
In addition to the new introduction, Tom Lucas, the VP of studio relations at Fathom Events, says that watching the film in the theater is a reminder of the great cinematography.
It also reminds people of some the film’s important themes—we all need connection.
Tickets are selling very quickly for the limited release, so if you want to go, grab your ticket soon!
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