Sunday, July 03, 2005

In case you've missed this information...

If you don't have it on video or DVD, and you do have TCM on cable or satellite, they're showing The Wizard of Oz tonight. Yes, the classic 1939 version with Judy Garland as Dorothy. It's on at 8:00 and 11:00 tonight, and tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. (that's Eastern Daylight Time, so if you're in another time zone, or Indiana, you'd better double-check). This year, they're also showing their usual documentaries. The Angela Lansbury-hosted The Wizard of Oz: Fifty Years of Movie Magic, from 1990, is on tonight at 9:45, while Memories of Oz, a 2001 talking head-fest, will be shown tomorrow at 5:30. What's new this year, however, is the very first Oz movie ever, a 1910 short called The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that TCM has shown before with other silent shorts, but this is the first time it's been shown in conjunction with the more famous 1939 version. I've seen it at convnetions, and it definitely shows its age. Remember, filmmaking wass still in its infancy in 1910, and this was definitely made on the cheap. (Hey, TCM, how about some day doing a complete silent Oz film festival, with the three Oz film company movies from 1914 and the 1925 version of The Wizard of Oz?)

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