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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

September 22, 2009 at 10:27 AM

70 years of “The Wizard of Oz”

I’m not going to spend this entire week reminiscing about movies from my childhood, I promise. (Though, after a week of running around Toronto, a little relaxation seems fair.) But I did want to draw some attention this week to “The Wizard of Oz,” which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and which will be in theaters tomorrow night for a special showing. If I wasn’t already booked for “Fame” tomorrow night, I’d go; of all the dozens of times I’ve seen “The Wizard of Oz,” I don’t think I’ve ever seen it on the big screen. I remember how, when I was a kid, it would turn up on television once a year or so, and what a breathlessly anticipated evening that would be (we’d be allowed to have dinner in front of the TV, a rare treat). And I know that Judy Garland’s innocently soulful rendition of “Over the Rainbow” is one of those truly magical screen moments that reduces me to tears every time I watch it.
Here’s a fun little bit of casting trivia. Who knew — the Wicked Witch was almost a glamour-puss:

Now that I think of it, it’s possible that I’ve watched “The Wizard of Oz” more than any other movie, if you factor in numerous childhood viewings. Most watched movie as an adult? Probably my comfort-food favorite, “The Thin Man.” What about you — what movie have you watched the most?

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