Staff Review: The Wizard of Oz
BFI Film Classics: The Wizard of Oz
I’m going to be honest—when I decided to read Salman Rushdie’s critical analysis of one of my favourite movies, The Wizard of Oz, I was in it for a whimsical good time. While I did not (fully) expect to be transported straight onto the Yellow Brick Road beside Dorothy, familiarity with the authors favour for magical realism with a touch of historical fiction, did leave me expecting a fanciful take on this film classic.
The reality was so much better. Tales of munchkin orgies, onset bullying and horrific accidents (which resulted in The Wicked Witch of the West nursing serious burns) left me with a very different perception of exactly how they laughed the day away in the merry old land of Oz.
In addition to a selection of juicy tidbits of gossip, Rushdie offers a compelling analysis which introduces, interprets and above all celebrates this landmark film. Often drawing on his personal response to the classic, the author highlights connections between East and West and provides the reader with an insight into his fascinating life, crediting The Wizard of Oz as being one of his earliest film and literary influences.
Part of the BFI Film Classics series, this delightful text is a must read for film enthusiasts.
Find the book here, and buy at your local bookshop.
Courtney holds both a Graduate Diploma of Publishing and Editing and a Master of Communication from RMIT University.