The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz U

Reclaiming the Witch

Film

Please note: This was screened in Nov 2018

Director:
Victor Fleming, George Cukor
Cast:
Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger
Duration:
97 mins, 1939, USA
Primary language:
English

Kicking off the Reclaiming the Witch season, The Wizard of Oz is the home of one of the most iconic witches in cinema: The Wicked Witch of the West, a green and hook-nosed character has terrified audiences for decades and remained prevalent in pop culture. She’s undergone transformations onto the stage with the musical ‘Wicked’, and has become the go-to derogatory emblem of various female politicians. What is it about this character that has resonated so much with audiences?

Nominated for six Oscars®, and known for its pioneering use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling, musical score and unusual characters, it has become an enduring icon of popular culture, continuing to draw audiences of all ages to this day. So let's join Dorothy on the yellow brick road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard. Sing along with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion as they unite to battle the Wicked Witch of the West and return Dorothy to Kansas!