80 years after its debut, The Wizard of Oz remains a film that truly never went away. Regularly re-released in theaters, broadcast annually on network television and reissued on various home video formats (this is its third Plaza Classic appearance), Oz has evolved into a shared American experience. L. Frank Baum’s quintessential 20th-century fairy tale serves as an allegory of every child’s journey into adulthood on the Yellow Brick Road of life. Swept by a cyclone from drab Kansas to a Technicolor wonderland, young Dorothy (Judy Garland, in her breakthrough role) learns “there’s no place like home” and that her heart’s desire is “no further than my own backyard.” No wonder the American Film Institute placed Oz — with all of its heart, brains, intelligence and unforgettable songs like Somewhere Over the Rainbow — at No. 1 on its Top 10 list of the Best Fantasy Films. Why? Because, because, because!
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