I just love this movie and consider it my absolute favorite movie of all time.
And I think we can all say, and with more gusto especially now.....
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!
Does anyone have it on DVD? I would love to know which version you have & which one to get!
Anyone see the version with the words to the songs close captioned at the bottom of the screen? I taped it a few years back, but think I forgot to label it. That was fun to watch as some of the words were not what I thought!
And I ALWAYS go to pieces at the end when Dorothy says "There's no place like home".
I've seen it a gazillion times over the years. We also have a VHS version from quite a few years ago which was a gift, but which we've never watched - still in the shrink-wrap, I believe. I think it was some kinda color enhanced version or something. I guess they just brightened up the colors the way they did years ago with Gone With the Wind (another all-time favorite!)
...of how many times I've seen GWTW. If you throw me a line from that movie, more than likely I can tell you the next line (or an approximation thereof). Just hearing the soundtrack pushes my nostalgia buttons.
There's a lot of trivia associated with the movie, too. For example, apparently Leslie Howard hated doing the role and so he steadfastly refused to do a southern accent. It did seem a bit odd to have this southern gentleman sounding so VERY English!
The movie does offer quite a few phrases that come in handy at the office
November 3 2005, 7:43 PM
"What a world, what a world!"
"How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?"
"You have no power here! Now begone, before somebody drops a house on you!"
We have two buildings that are connected by a passage on the second floor. On one half the carpet is dark pink and green. Right in the middle of the walkway, the carpet switches to gray and black. I refer to the two buildings as Kansas and Oz. Kansas is in black and white and Oz is in color.
I don't like The Wizard of Oz. Never did, even as a kid, and I suspect that it has to do with the fact that I never liked fantasies or science fiction. I do appreciate it for the film elements, especially considering the time it was released. In my opinion, 1939 was the best year for movies. Ever. Period.
Released that year: GWTW, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Dark Victory, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, and Goodbye Mr. Chips. Too many good movies to see in one year, although my mother told me that when she was a kid the movie changed every night, and most of those nights she was there!
...my parents apparently went to the movies practially every night in the old days (well before TV). And for the four years they lived in Dallas in the mid to late 30's (their only non-N.O. days) they said people got dressed up to go to the "show". Men in suits and ties, ladies nicely dressed, etc. Hard to imagine now! Their neighborhood movie theater in Dallas had its fifteen minutes of fame many, many years later with the Lee Harvey Oswald/Officer Tippett incident after JFK's assassination. It was called the Texas Theater, was apparently built in the early 30's by Howard Hughes, and was quite something in its day. A few years ago I heard that there was a local group in Dallas trying to restore the theater to its former glory.
Yeah, I remember the Texas Theater thing with Oswald. I also remember sitting in a theater in Tulsa watching the movie "JFK" and seeing the real Jim Garrison in a cameo appearance. I said, not too quietly to my friend, "there's Jim Garrison!" and getting looks from people that read loud and clear "you stupid woman, the whole movie is about Jim Garrison!"
Don't tell anyone or I'll have to kill you. Trenton, New Jersey.
It's not a secret that our father was YANKEE but he was married to a New Orleans girl that he met when he was stationed at Camp Plauche. He saw the light when his parents both died, and moved us south for good when I was two. I believe that it was a good move for all of us. My mother was from a very large family and they were close. We were able to grow up with the experience of a large extended family that took time with us kids and supported us in whatever we did, and it was a great way to grow up. So many kids grow up wondering if their parents love them; there was never any doubt in our minds that our parents AND our aunts and uncles loved us.
and I say this shortly after stating that I don't enjoy fantasies but The Wizard of Oz has it all, for me -- lessons learned, what's truly valuable, that what we possess that may not be obvious (even to ourselves), and that there is no place like home.
I saw the one with all the cut out parts added, scenes like the "jitterbug" and more that I can't remember. I thought the most beautiful thing was when she opened the black and white door to the colorful OZ. I went to the palace a few years ago and saw it on the big screen. It was a nearly empty theater, but seeing it on the movie screen was fantastic.