The Wizard of OZ (1939)
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The Wizard of Oz is a 101-minute a musical dream movie of America, which was released during 1939. The movie was filmed by the Metro Goldwyn Mayer, an American media corporation,. The story of the movie is based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the most renowned and commercially triumphant 1900 novel written by an American writer, L. Frank Baum.
The movie The Wizard of Oz is distinguished for its exploit of Technicolor, dream storytelling, strange characters and musical score. Over the years, the movie has turned out to be one among the best celebrated of all movies and part of the popular culture of America. It as well, featured in movies what might be for the occasion the most detailed use of special effects and character make-ups.
Growth and pre-production of the movie
Development of the movie commenced when the “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” of Walt Disney, screened that movies adapted from admired kids' stories and fairytale myths could be thriving. During January 1938, the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio acquired the rights of the extremely popular story from a Polish American movie maker, Samuel Goldwyn, who had carved with the thought of producing the movie as a medium for Eddie Cantor, an American exemplified song performer, dancer, comedian, singer, songwriter and actor, who has been under bond to the Samuel Goldwyn studios and whom the studio required him to act as the Scarecrow.
The script of the movie went through many writers and modifications earlier than the final shooting. At first, William H. Cannon, the assistant of Mervyn LeRoy of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had submitted a short four-page sketch. As current fantasy movies had not charged well at the box office, he suggested that the supernatural constituents of the story be eliminated or toned down.
In the outline, the Scarecrow was a guy so stupid that the single way he could get the job was to doll up as a scarecrow and fright crows in a cornfield, and the Tin Woodman, a fictional character in the movie, was a toughened criminal so cruel he was sentenced to be positioned in a tin suit for infinity. The agony of being enclosed in the suit had made him softer, placid and kind.
The vision of Tin Woodman was like the 1925 movie adaptation of the tale of Larry Semon, an American film director, actor, screenwriter and producer, in which the supernatural element is not present. The concluding draft of the screenplay was finished on 8th of October 1938, following many rewrites. On the whole, The Wizard of OZ movie was a jumble of several creative minds, but Ryerson, Langley, and Woolf got the movie credits.
Response of the movie
The Wizard of OZ movie was not a box office hit on its first release, earning $3,017,000 only on a $2,777,000 financial plan, in spite of receiving largely optimistic reviews. The movie was MGM's the most costly production of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer at that time, and did not earn much of the investment of the studio until following re-releases. The song of the movie was placed in the first position in two lists, such as the 100 Years and 100 Songs of the American Film Institute and "365 Songs of the Century" of the Recording Industry Association of America.
Nominations and awards
The Wizard of OZ movie won the 1940 Academy Awards, USA for the Best Music and Original Song category.
The movie won the 2006 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, USA award for the Best Classic movie DVD release category.
It won the 2009 Las Vegas Film Critics Society award for the Best DVD category.
The Wizard of OZ movie was nominated for 1939 Cannes Film Festival and the 2013 IGN Summer Movie Awards.